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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    26 saves

    Alan E. Rich Environmental Park

    Athol

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    23 saves

    Appleton Farms

    Ipswich

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    32 saves

    Appleton Farms Grass Rides

    Ipswich

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    13 saves

    Arcadian Shop

    Lenox

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    8 saves

    Art in the Orchard

    Easthampton

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    5 saves

    Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

    Sudbury

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    105 saves

    Bartholomew's Cobble

    Sheffield

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    8 saves

    Berkshire East Ski Area

    Charlemont

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    389 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

    Boston

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    2 saves

    Breakheart Reservation

    Saugus

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    66 saves

    Brooks Woodland Preserve

    Petersham

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    2 saves

    Bullitt Reservation

    Ashfield

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    1 saves

    Camp Wild Child

    Mount Washington

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    16 saves

    Canterbury Farm Nordic Center

    Becket

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    315 saves

    Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

    Ipswich

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    14 saves

    Clark Art Institute

    Williamstown

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    34 saves

    Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge

    Nantucket

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    62 saves

    Doane's Falls

    Royalston

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    57 saves

    ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin

    Orange

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    11 saves

    Fisher Museum and Trails at the Harvard Forest

    Petersham

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