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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  • Mass Audubon's Boston Nature Center

    Mattapan

    This urban sanctuary, located on the grounds of the former Boston State Hospital, offers public programs year-round. Two miles of... 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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  • Moose Hill Farm

    Sharon

    Follow a trail from the farmstead through restored woodlands to hillside hayfields and pastures, where you'll enjoy views of Great... more

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  • New England Wild Flower Society's Nasami Farm

    Whately

    75-acre nursery set in the stunning Pioneer Valley. Retail nursery offers native plants, including hard to find woody species in... more

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  • North River Wildlife Sanctuary

    Marshfield

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  • Pack Out Gear

    Charlestown

    Going camping? Pack Out Gear offers camping equipment rentals. Visitors to www.packoutgear.com may make selections from our inventory.... 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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  • Petticoat Hill Reservation

    Williamsburg

    Explore a forest that boasts a rich variety of hardwood species, passing stone walls and cellar holes that reveal the... 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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  • Skyfields Arboretum-Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

    Athol

    The 40 acres of bucolic meadows and mixed-deciduous forest surrounding the headquarters of Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust are a pleasure... more

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  • Tattersall Farm

    Haverhill

    Built in 1757, Tattersall Farm is currently a historic property owned by the City of Haverhill and comprising of more than 150... more

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  • Worcester Cultural Coalition/WOO Card

    Worcester

    Worcester: Where will you WOO? Use the WOO Card to save at more than 60 Worcester area restaurants, museums, theaters, hotels... more

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