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The Quarries Foot Path offers a wooded 1-mile hiking route in western Quincy, about 10 miles south of Boston. Begin your adventure on the south side of Ricciuti Drive, which borders Quincy Quarries Reservation, and head southward to the trail's end at Wampatuck Road.
If you're up for more hiking, only 0.2 miles farther southwest along Wampatuck Road is an access point to another footpath called the Skyline Trail, a 10-mile moderate-to-difficult hike through the scenic Blue Hills Reservation. Note that there is only intermittent sidewalk between the two trails, so use extreme caution if you're planning to go from one trail to the other.
Near the trail's north end, the 22-acre Quincy Quarries recreation area is worth a side excursion. The quarries here produced granite for more than 100 years and the Granite Railway, one of the oldest railroads in the U.S., was constructed in 1826 to ferry the stone out. Today, the site is known for its rock climbing opportunities and distant view of Boston to the north.
From Boston, take I-93 South to Exit 8 for Furnace Brook Parkway. At the end of the exit ramp, take a right turn onto Ricciuti Drive. Follow Ricciuti for 0.2 miles; you'll see the entrance to the parking lot on your right. From the parking lot, cross Ricciuti Drive to reach the entrance to the trail.
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