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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  • Natural Resources Trust of Easton-Sheep Pasture +
    28 saves

    Natural Resources Trust of Easton-Sheep Pasture

    Easton

  • Mass Audubon's Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary +
    25 saves

    Mass Audubon's Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary

    Cummaquid

  • Massachusetts Horticultural Society- The Gardens at Elm Bank +
    23 saves

    Massachusetts Horticultural Society- The Gardens at Elm Bank

    Wellesley

  • Appleton Farms Grass Rides +
    20 saves

    Appleton Farms Grass Rides

    Ipswich

  • Peak Paddlesports Boathouse +
    20 saves

    Peak Paddlesports Boathouse

    Orange

  • Warwick State Forest & Sheomet Pond +
    17 saves

    Warwick State Forest & Sheomet Pond

    Warwick

  • Long Hill +
    16 saves

    Long Hill

    Beverly

  • Swift River Reservation +
    15 saves

    Swift River Reservation

    Petersham

  • Canterbury Farm Nordic Center +
    14 saves

    Canterbury Farm Nordic Center

    Becket

  • Alan E. Rich Environmental Park +
    13 saves

    Alan E. Rich Environmental Park

    Athol

  • Weir River Farm +
    11 saves

    Weir River Farm

    Hingham

  • Appleton Farms +
    10 saves

    Appleton Farms

    Ipswich

  • Arcadian Shop +
    10 saves

    Arcadian Shop

    Lenox

  • Wendell State Forest +
    10 saves

    Wendell State Forest

    Wendell

  • Red Apple Farm +
    9 saves

    Red Apple Farm

    Phillipston

  • Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge +
    8 saves

    Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge

    Nantucket

  • Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate +
    8 saves

    Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate

    Waltham

  • Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort and Adventure Park +
    7 saves

    Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort and Adventure Park

    Hancock

  • KALON FARM +
    7 saves

    KALON FARM

    Ashburnham

  • Fisher Museum and Trails at the Harvard Forest +
    6 saves

    Fisher Museum and Trails at the Harvard Forest

    Petersham

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