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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  • Alan E. Rich Environmental Park +
    8 saves

    Alan E. Rich Environmental Park

    Athol

  • Appleton Farms +
    8 saves

    Appleton Farms

    Ipswich

  • Appleton Farms Grass Rides +
    14 saves

    Appleton Farms Grass Rides

    Ipswich

  • Arcadian Shop +
    10 saves

    Arcadian Shop

    Lenox

  • Bartholomew's Cobble +
    35 saves

    Bartholomew's Cobble

    Sheffield

  • Berkshire East Ski Area +
    4 saves

    Berkshire East Ski Area

    Charlemont

  • Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area +
    155 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

    Boston

  • Brooks Woodland Preserve +
    16 saves

    Brooks Woodland Preserve

    Petersham

  • Canterbury Farm Nordic Center +
    10 saves

    Canterbury Farm Nordic Center

    Becket

  • Cape Cod Canal Centennial +
    17 saves

    Cape Cod Canal Centennial

    Buzzards Bay

  • Castle Hill on the Crane Estate +
    115 saves

    Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

    Ipswich

  • Doane's Falls +
    13 saves

    Doane's Falls

    Royalston

  • ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin +
    16 saves

    ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin

    Athol

  • Fisher Museum and Trails at the Harvard Forest +
    5 saves

    Fisher Museum and Trails at the Harvard Forest

    Petersham

  • Fittz Family Memorial Forest +
    2 saves

    Fittz Family Memorial Forest

    Orange

  • Fruitlands Museum +
    39 saves

    Fruitlands Museum

    Harvard

  • Heritage Museums & Gardens +
    79 saves

    Heritage Museums & Gardens

    Sandwich

  • Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort and Adventure Park +
    4 saves

    Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort and Adventure Park

    Hancock

  • KALON FARM +
    4 saves

    KALON FARM

    Ashburnham

  • Laurel Lake Recreation Area +
    2 saves

    Laurel Lake Recreation Area

    Erving

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