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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  • Historic Bourne Farm

    Falmouth

    Bourne Farm is located on over 49 acres of fields, trails, and woodlands that overlook lovely Crocker Pond in West Falmouth. more

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  • Joppa Flats Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary

    Newburyport

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  • Mass Audubon's South Shore Sanctuaries

    Marshfield

    There are three wildlife sanctuaries managed by Mass Audubon on the South Shore. The North River and Daniel Webster Wildlife... 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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  • Peaked Mountain

    Monson

    Explore woods roads through a former working forest and trek to a summit that rewards with panoramic views from Mount... 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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  • Coonamessett Farm

    East Falmouth

    We are a local farm offering a pick-your-own family experience and animals to visit. Seasonal family memberships or day passes... more

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  • Cornelia Carey Sanctuary - The Knob

    Falmouth

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  • Goss Farm

    Dunstable

    Goss Farm is a family owned farm that offers several activities that guarantees a family fun filled day in the... more

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  • Mass Audubon's Habitat Education Center

    Belmont

    Hiking trails, nature center, formal gardens, art gallery and natural history programs for children and adults. more

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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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  • Massachusetts Outdoor Adventures survival school

    Barre

    We are the only survival school in Massachusetts. Here our instructors hold the highest marks in outdoor survival. You will... 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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  • 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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  • Rock House Reservation

    West Brookfield

    Built by the glacier and blessed by indigenous tribes who hunted and worshiped here, the cave-like shelter and its surroundings... more

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  • SHOLAN FARMS

    Leominster

    Visit the last working apple orchard in Leominster, the birthplace of Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman). Your visit will be a... more

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  • Tantiusques Reservation

    Sturbridge

    Hike through forested trails and visit the site of a former lead mine used by Native Americans and, later, European... 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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