Thing to Do

Walk the Black Heritage Trail®

An African American NPS Ranger speaking to a group of children and holding an image of a Black man.
A NPS Ranger speaking to a school group about Lewis Hayden outside of the Hayden House.

Matt Teuten

Join a Park Ranger from the National Parks of Boston to explore the rich history of Beacon Hill's 19th century Black community.

The Black Heritage Trail® showcases residences and community buildings associated with a Black community that thrived on, and near, the north slope of Beacon Hill before, during, and after the American Civil War. Throughout that time, this community struggled and organized for equal rights and access to equal education. Community members championed the movement to abolish slavery and even housed freedom seekers on their journey along the Underground Railroad.

This tour lasts approximately 90 minutes. It begins across the street from the Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial in front of the Massachusetts State House and ends at the Museum of African American History, covering about 1.4 miles.


Tours are offered Wednesday - Sunday, 10am - 11:30am during the summer season. In-person tours have ended for the 2021 season. For a self-guided tour, download the NPS App.  

The Park also offers virtual Black Heritage Trail® Tours for groups of 10 or more people. Please contact us for more information. These virtual tours are subject to availability and staffing.

Details

The Black Heritage Trail® Tours typically lasts 1.5 hours.

This tour is best suited for individuals aged 8 and above.

Pets are allowed while walking through Beacon Hill. The Museum of African American History only allows service animals into its buildings.

Please visit our page on Accessibility to learn more about General Guidelines for Visitors with Service Animals.

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

In-person tours have ended for the 2021 season.

For a self-guided tour, download the NPS App

If you are interested in a virtual Black Heritage Trail® Tour for a group of 10 or more people, please contact us. Virtual Tours are subject to availability and staffing.

These tours are typically offered May thru October. In-person tours have ended for the 2021 season. 

For a self-guided tour, download the NPS App.

If you are interested in a virtual Black Heritage Trail® Tour for a group of 10 or more people, please contact us. Virtual Tours are subject to availability and staffing.

In-person tours have ended for the 2021 season. 

For a self-guided tour, download the NPS App

If you are interested in a virtual Black Heritage Trail® Tour for a group of 10 or more people, please contact us. Virtual Tours are subject to availability and staffing.

Accessibility Information

This trail navigates a hill and consists of sharp inclines and small and uneven concrete sidewalks. Occasionally there are obstructions on the sidewalk that may be difficult to navigate around.

  
Photograph of a brick building from an angle to include the front door, windows, and sidewalk.

Virtual Black Heritage Trail® Tour

Explore the sites of the Black Heritage Trail® virtually.

Last updated: October 27, 2021