Each of the many trails and paths in Massachusetts offers distinct sights, flora, fauna and terrain. Exploring them all would probably take a lifetime — so start with the ones that best suit your individual interests.

If you want to put your hiking skills to the test, head west to the Appalachian Trail and Mt. Washington State Forest. For botanical variety, check out Greater Boston’s Garden in the Woods. For a leisurely walk through the forest, Weir Hill Reservation, located in Greater Merrimack Valley, is ideal. And for family fun, you’ll find an abundance of picnicking areas and moderately difficult trails in the central part of the state in places such as Royalston Falls and the Swift River Reservation.

Walk the salt-marsh boardwalk at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, in Central Massachusetts, experience Purgatory Chasm, or on Monument Mountain, enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Southern Berkshire County.

  • Monument Mountain, Great Barrington

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  • Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

    Topsfield

    Ipswich River, one of Mass Audubon's largest sanctuaries, offers more than 12 miles of interconnecting trails that invite you to explore... more

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  • Maudslay State Park

    Newburyport

    Nineteenth-century gardens & plantings; ornamental trees; walking, biking, horseback riding, and picnicking; cultural events. more

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  • Middlesex Fells Reservation

    Stoneham

    Two thousand, five hundred and seventy five acres just north of Boston span the cities and towns of Malden, Medford,... more

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  • Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary

    Sharon

    Oldest sanctuary (1916) operated by the Massachusetts Audubon Society with 25 miles of hiking trails on 2000 acres. more

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  • Mount Everett State Reservation

    Mount Washington

    Eight miles of the Appalachian Trail; scenic views of the southern Berkshires. more

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  • Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon

    Canton

    The Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon is a professional art museum within New England's largest conservation organization,... more

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  • Norris Reservation

    Norwell

    The Norris Reservation has a varied natural environment, which features a mill pond, stands of white pine and oak, salt... more

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  • Powisset Farm

    Dover

    A restored farming operation, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, on a landscape with a history of pastures and planted... more

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  • Quabbin Reservoir

    Belchertown

    One of the largest man-made domestic water reservoirs in the U.S. with 57,523 acres of protected watershed. Hiking trails, bird... more

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  • Tyringham Cobble

    Tyringham

    A geologic wonder, the Cobble was born from massive tectonic movements that shifted ancient strata, leaving an exposed underbelly of... more

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  • Weir Hill Reservation

    North Andover

    What makes Weir Hill a special place? We think it's the striking vistas of both scenic Lake Cochichewick and of... more

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  • Whitney and Thayer Woods

    Hingham

    10 miles of trails including the Milliken Memorial Path, and wild garden created in the 1920's. more

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  • Active By Nature

    Hubbardston

    ABNI specializes in high-quality trips that seek to enhance the body, mind, and spirit of it's participants. Offering personal growth... more

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  • Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

    Easthampton

    Seven hundred and twenty-five acres of woods, meadow, and marsh; five miles of trails; observation tower. Look for signs of... more

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  • Berlin Orchards

    Berlin

    More than 17 varieties of apples; pick-your-own orchard with peaches, pears, pumpkins, squash, and berries. MAple sugar house; hayrides and tours. more

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  • Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary

    South Natick

    Nine miles of walking trails; wood and wetlands; gristmill and sawmill sites. Birdwatching; view otters, beavers and wood ducks from... more

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  • Cornelia Carey Sanctuary - The Knob

    Falmouth

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  • Crocker Neck Conservation Area Walk

    Cotuit

    Join BLT and professor Gil Newton, on an interpretive walk through the diverse ecosystems of the 97-acre Town-owned Conservation Area... more

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  • Francis Crane Wildlife Management Area

    Falmouth

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  • Gloucester Maritime Trail

    Gloucester

    Four self-guided trails through America's first seaport. Call for map or pick one up at Stage Fort Park Information Center. more

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