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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  • Bear Swamp

    Ashfield

    To early settlers, Bear Swamp was truly rough terrain: steep, wooded hillsides and exposed bedrock descending to boggy wetlands and... more

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  • Cape Cod Indian Walks-Dennis

    North Eastham

    2 Walks offered. 1'st Indian Conservation Lands Dennis. Learn the history and culture of the C.C. Indians. Second walks, First... more

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  • Charlton Woods

    Charlton

    Charlton Woods is a recreation and conference center located on 380 acres of beautiful woodland, including a 35 acre pond. Activities include... more

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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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  • Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen

    East Sandwich

    Green Briar offers natural history classes for all ages, changing art exhibitions, live animal exhibits, a wildflower garden and nature... more

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  • Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

    Topsfield

    Two thousand, two hundred and sixty-acres of meadow, swamp, forest and ponds; observation tower; ten miles of walking trails; canoeing. more

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  • Menemsha Hills

    Chilmark

    The second-highest point on the island, Menemsha Hills contains a variety of habitats - and range of activities - to... 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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  • 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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  • Wachusett Mountain State Reservation

    Princeton

    Popular resort for skiing and snowboarding; year-round activities and events; hiking, bird watching, fall foliage, and biking. more

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  • Ward Reservation

    Andover

    Trails link three major hills - Shrub, Boston, and Holt - and looking out from their summits you can see... more

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  • Wasque Reservation

    Chappaquidick Island

    This southeastern corner of Martha's Vineyard is undergoing dramatic change due to the seismic currents which are re-shaping this coastal... 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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  • West Brookfield Asparagus & Flower Heritage Festival

    West Brookfield, Ma

    WEST BROOKFIELD - One of Massachusetts' most eagerly anticipated events will take place on Saturday, May 18, when this town's historic... more

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  • Blue Hills Reservation

    Milton

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  • Boating in Boston

    Hopkinton

    Grab a boat and join the fun at Hopkinton, Spot Pond, Boston, Plymouth or Wakefield. Have a go at kayaking,... more

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  • Callahan State Park

    Framingham

    Callahan State Park is a 820-acre day use area located in Northwest Framingham. Callahan has seven miles of marked trails... more

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  • Chapel Brook Reservation

    Ashfield

    Hike to the top of Pony Mountain, then cool off with a summertime dip in the chilly waters of the... more

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  • Joppa Flats Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary

    Newburyport

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