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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  • Brooks Woodland Preserve +
    5 saves

    Brooks Woodland Preserve

    Petersham

  • Cape Cod Canal Centennial +
    5 saves

    Cape Cod Canal Centennial

    Buzzards Bay

  • Swift River Reservation +
    4 saves

    Swift River Reservation

    Petersham

  • Alan E. Rich Environmental Park +
    3 saves

    Alan E. Rich Environmental Park

    Athol

  • Doane's Falls +
    3 saves

    Doane's Falls

    Royalston

  • ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin +
    3 saves

    ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin

    Athol

  • Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort and Adventure Park +
    3 saves

    Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort and Adventure Park

    Hancock

  • Red Apple Farm +
    3 saves

    Red Apple Farm

    Phillipston

  • Weir River Farm +
    3 saves

    Weir River Farm

    Hingham

  • Appleton Farms +
    2 saves

    Appleton Farms

    Ipswich

  • Berkshire East Ski Area +
    2 saves

    Berkshire East Ski Area

    Charlemont

  • Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center +
    2 saves

    Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center

    Northfield

  • Peak Paddlesports Boathouse +
    2 saves

    Peak Paddlesports Boathouse

    Orange

  • New England Equestrian Center of Athol +
    1 saves

    New England Equestrian Center of Athol

    Athol

  • NQTA ~ North Quabbin Trails Association +
    1 saves

    NQTA ~ North Quabbin Trails Association

    Athol

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

    Fisher Museum and Trails at the Harvard Forest

    Petersham

  • Fittz Family Memorial Forest +
    0 saves

    Fittz Family Memorial Forest

    Orange

  • KALON FARM +
    0 saves

    KALON FARM

    Ashburnham

  • Laurel Lake Recreation Area +
    0 saves

    Laurel Lake Recreation Area

    Erving

  • Massachusetts Horticultural Society Gardens at Elm Bank +
    0 saves

    Massachusetts Horticultural Society Gardens at Elm Bank

    Wellesley

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