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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  • Long Hill +
    9 saves

    Long Hill

    Beverly

  • Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary +
    49 saves

    Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

    Lincoln

  • Mass Audubon's Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary +
    18 saves

    Mass Audubon's Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary

    Cummaquid

  • Massachusetts Horticultural Society Gardens at Elm Bank +
    3 saves

    Massachusetts Horticultural Society Gardens at Elm Bank

    Wellesley

  • Monument Mountain +
    40 saves

    Monument Mountain

    Great Barrington

  • Natural Resources Trust of Easton-Sheep Pasture +
    11 saves

    Natural Resources Trust of Easton-Sheep Pasture

    North Easton

  • Naumkeag +
    64 saves

    Naumkeag

    Stockbridge

  • New England Equestrian Center of Athol +
    1 saves

    New England Equestrian Center of Athol

    Athol

  • New Salem Preserves, Inc. +
    1 saves

    New Salem Preserves, Inc.

    New Salem

  • Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center +
    15 saves

    Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center

    Northfield

  • Notchview Reservation +
    20 saves

    Notchview Reservation

    Windsor

  • NQTA ~ North Quabbin Trails Association +
    2 saves

    NQTA ~ North Quabbin Trails Association

    Athol

  • Peak Paddlesports Boathouse +
    13 saves

    Peak Paddlesports Boathouse

    Orange

  • Purgatory Chasm +
    29 saves

    Purgatory Chasm

    Sutton

  • Quabbin Overlook - New Salem +
    18 saves

    Quabbin Overlook - New Salem

    New Salem

  • Ramblewild +
    3 saves

    Ramblewild

    Lanesborough

  • Ravenswood Park +
    15 saves

    Ravenswood Park

    Gloucester

  • Red Apple Farm +
    7 saves

    Red Apple Farm

    Phillipston

  • Royalston Falls +
    58 saves

    Royalston Falls

    Royalston

  • Swift River Reservation +
    6 saves

    Swift River Reservation

    Petersham

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