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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Wachusett Mountain Ski Area

    Princeton

    With a 1,000-foot vertical drop and 2,000-foot elevation; 22 trails and 8 lifts; Wachusett is the closest big mountain skiing to Boston.... 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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  • Berkshire Hiker

    South Egremont

    Berkshire Hiker--Leading successful custom-designed guided hikes in the Berkshires since 2007. Let me be your guide for a fabulous hiking experience... more

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  • Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary

    South Natick

    Nine miles of walking trails; wood and wetlands; gristmill and sawmill sites. Birdwatching; view otters, beavers and wood ducks from... 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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  • Cornelia Carey Sanctuary - The Knob

    Falmouth

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  • Crocker Neck Conservation Area Walk

    Cotuit

    Join BLT and professor Gil Newton, on an interpretive walk through the diverse ecosystems of the 97-acre Town-owned Conservation Area... more

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  • Dedham Trails

    Dedham

    The Town of Dedham, for being located in an urban area, contains significant natural and recreational resources. Dedham is home... more

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  • Dinosaur Footprints

    Holyoke

    A trail of fossilized footprints left behind by dinosaurs past. more

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  • Francis Crane Wildlife Management Area

    Falmouth

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  • Friends of the Blue Hills

    Milton

    The Friends of the Blue Hills (FBH) is a 1,000-member non-profit organization devoted to preserving and protecting the Blue Hills... more

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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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  • Halibut Point Reservation

    Rockport

    Scramble across ledges scarred for eons by wind and wave and examine tide pools teeming with marine life. Bird watchers... more

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