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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  • HG October Mountain Estate +
    6 saves

    HG October Mountain Estate

    Lenox

  • Berkshire East Ski Area +
    5 saves

    Berkshire East Ski Area

    Charlemont

  • New Salem Preserves, Inc. +
    5 saves

    New Salem Preserves, Inc.

    New Salem

  • NQTA ~ North Quabbin Trails Association +
    5 saves

    NQTA ~ North Quabbin Trails Association

    Orange

  • Laurel Lake Recreation Area +
    4 saves

    Laurel Lake Recreation Area

    Erving

  • Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute +
    4 saves

    Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

    Williamstown

  • HyArts Cultural District +
    3 saves

    HyArts Cultural District

    Hyannis, Ma.

  • New England Equestrian Center of Athol +
    3 saves

    New England Equestrian Center of Athol

    Athol

  • Bullitt Reservation +
    2 saves

    Bullitt Reservation

    Ashfield

  • Fittz Family Memorial Forest +
    2 saves

    Fittz Family Memorial Forest

    Orange

  • Mytoi +
    2 saves

    Mytoi

    Martha's Vineyard

  • New England Base Camp +
    1 saves

    New England Base Camp

    Milton

  • Wachusett Mountain Ski Area +
    1 saves

    Wachusett Mountain Ski Area

    Princeton

  • Art in the Orchard +
    0 saves

    Art in the Orchard

    Easthampton

  • Hitchcock Center for the Environment +
    0 saves

    Hitchcock Center for the Environment

    Amherst

  • Keep Homestead Museum +
    0 saves

    Keep Homestead Museum

    Monson

  • Hancock Shaker Village

    Pittsfield

    Hancock Shaker Village is a living history museum. Our mission is to bring the Shaker story to life and preserve... more

    + 41 saves
  • Bash Bish Falls State Park

    Mount Washington

    Cascading water tumbles through a series of gorges at this dramatic 60-foot waterfall; located within Mt. Washington State Forest. Swimming... more

    + 21 saves
  • Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

    South Wellfleet

    Salt marsh boardwalk; natural history programs for families, children, and adults; 1000 acre wildlife sanctuary, nature center, 5 miles of trails. Guided... more

    + 19 saves
  • Mountain Meadow Preserve

    Williamstown

    The scenic trail from Massachusetts to Vermont - just a mile to the Green Mountain State! - along which you... more

    + 13 saves

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