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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  • Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

    Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

    Boston

  • Heritage Museums & Gardens

    Heritage Museums & Gardens

    Sandwich

  • Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

    Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

    Ipswich

  • Royalston Falls

    Royalston Falls

    Royalston

  • Ramblewild

    Ramblewild

    Lanesborough

  • Monument Mountain

    Monument Mountain

    Great Barrington

  • Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

    Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

    Lincoln

  • World's End

    World's End

    Hingham

  • Bartholomew's Cobble

    Bartholomew's Cobble

    Sheffield

  • Purgatory Chasm

    Purgatory Chasm

    Sutton

  • Fruitlands Museum

    Fruitlands Museum

    Harvard

  • Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center

    Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center

    Northfield

  • Brooks Woodland Preserve

    Brooks Woodland Preserve

    Petersham

  • Doane's Falls

    Doane's Falls

    Royalston

  • Hancock Shaker Village

    Hancock Shaker Village

    Pittsfield

  • ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin

    ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin

    Orange

  • Quabbin Overlook - New Salem

    Quabbin Overlook - New Salem

    New Salem

  • Ravenswood Park

    Ravenswood Park

    Gloucester

  • Mass Audubon's Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary

    Mass Audubon's Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary

    Cummaquid

  • Natural Resources Trust of Easton-Sheep Pasture

    Natural Resources Trust of Easton-Sheep Pasture

    Easton

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