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Spring Hikes in Massachusetts!


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Posted by Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

It’s officially springtime here in Massachusetts, and though the weather has yet to turn with spring’s ever-familiar seasonal attributes, we thought we’d get a jump on some outdoor adventure suggestions.

Recently, on Facebook and Twitter, we asked our fans to share their favorite place in Massachusetts for a spring hike; the response was fantastic — so much so, that we decided to feature them in today’s post!

Each of Massachusetts’ many trails and paths offer distinct sights, flora, fauna and terrain — needless to say, there’s a hike for everyone. Surely, these are just a few of Massachusetts’ many hiking spots, so if you’re looking for a more robust list, check out the ‘Search Hiking’ feature on our site.

Is there a hike that you would like to have added to our list? Tell us in the comments below, and we’ll add it! 🙂

(In no particular order)

Mount Greylock State Reservation, Lanesborough – Kate A.

Bartholomew’s Cobble, Sheffield – Colleen H.

Quabbin Reservoir, Belchertown – Bill B.

Borderland State Park, North Easton – Lisa V.

Holt Hill at Ward Reservation, Andover – Mary C.

Chesterfield Gorge, Chesterfield – Meredith R.

Upton State Forest, Upton – Ellen A.

The Lynn Woods Reservation, Lynn – Gerard L.

Callahan State Park, Framingham – Fenanda M.

Appalachian Trail, Pittsfield – Alan Baldwin.

Maudslay State Park, Newburyport – Marion R.

Rattlesnake Hill at The Blue Hills Reservation, Milton – Julie C.

Harold Parker State Forrest, North Andover – Pantipa R.

The Summit House at Mount Holyoke, Hadley – Mike W.

Jiminy Peak, Hancock – @mjspeakingof

Horseneck Beach State Reservation, Westport – @ExpFallRiver

Northfield Mountain, Northfield – @billbward

Wompatuck State Park, Hingham – @nectafy

Running Brook Vineyard & Winery, Dartmouth @RunningBrook1

Spot Pond at the Middlesex Fells Reservation, Stoneham – @chrishardyworld

Mount Sugar Loaf State Reservation, Deerfield – @alumniUmass

Mount Toby, Sunderland – @marthazkristi

Shaker Mill Inn, West Stockbridge – @BnBFinder

Nobscot Hill, Framingham – @tanyahubley

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  • Lysa Miller

    In Bolton, which is exit 27 495 between Rte. 2 and 90. There are several trails managed by the Bolton Conservation Committee. Rattlesnake Hill, The Lime Kilm, Bolton Flats, Powder Hill etc. Offer views of Wachusett and the City of Boston. Also great for mountain biking.
    Beautiful Bolton http://www.destinationboltonma.com

  • Paul Rask

    Sturbridge Trails – At the back entrance to Old Sturbridge Village is a wonderful set of trails that are nicely marked and groomed.

    • MassVacation

      Absolutely, Paul!

  • Mike Hoyt

    I’ll add Riverbend Farm in Uxbridge. You can take a leisurely walk along the canal. You can choose to walk along sections of the river. There are spots for picnics, with grills. You can cross road and stick with the canal, or climb Goat Hill. Crossing the river you can get to Lookout Rock and King Phillips Rock. There’s a great little visitor’s center. All in all, a family friendly place to explore without any great challenges, but well worth the visit.

    • MassVacation

      Definitely, Mike. That’s another great option as well!

  • Liz

    Freetown State Forest, Slab Bridge Road, Assonet Mass., has many trails, pretty well groomed, hiking, bicycling, and pet friendly.

  • Liz

    Purgatory Chasm in Sutton, MA !!!!

    • MassVacation

      Nice one, Liz!

  • Rick

    I would suggest that you add walks/hikes that are part of the new ACROSS Lexington routes. http://Www.acrosslrxington.org. Very beautiful conservation land, an enjoyable town center and close to Boston.

    • MassVacation

      Thank you for adding that, Rick! Lexington is a great spot to get out for a walk as well 🙂

  • Rick

    Sorry about the typo.
    It is http://www.acrosslexington.org
    In Lexington, ma. Some beautiful hikes.

  • Steve Georgon

    Looks like some or all of the links are broken. Some of the new links:
    Mt Greylock: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-west/mt-greylock-state-reservation-generic.html
    Quabbin: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-central/quabbin-reservoir.html
    Or my personal favorite, Douglas State Forest: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-central/douglas-state-forest.html
    Just enter ‘http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/’ into your browser and from there you can easily search for any of these parks.

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