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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  • Weir River Farm +
    16 saves

    Weir River Farm

    Hingham

  • Arcadian Shop +
    15 saves

    Arcadian Shop

    Lenox

  • Maudslay State Park +
    15 saves

    Maudslay State Park

    Newburyport

  • Wendell State Forest +
    15 saves

    Wendell State Forest

    Wendell

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

    Fisher Museum and Trails at the Harvard Forest

    Petersham

  • HG October Mountain Estate +
    12 saves

    HG October Mountain Estate

    Lenox

  • Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge +
    11 saves

    Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

    Sudbury

  • Mass Audubon - Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary +
    11 saves

    Mass Audubon - Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

    Easthampton

  • Mohawk Trail State Forest +
    11 saves

    Mohawk Trail State Forest

    Charlemont

  • Art in the Orchard +
    10 saves

    Art in the Orchard

    Easthampton

  • Laurel Lake Recreation Area +
    10 saves

    Laurel Lake Recreation Area

    Erving

  • Lowell Holly +
    10 saves

    Lowell Holly

    Sandwich

  • Mount Holyoke Range State Park +
    10 saves

    Mount Holyoke Range State Park

    Amherst

  • New Salem Preserves, Inc. +
    10 saves

    New Salem Preserves, Inc.

    New Salem

  • Wachusett Mountain Ski Area +
    10 saves

    Wachusett Mountain Ski Area

    Princeton

  • NQTA ~ North Quabbin Trails Association +
    9 saves

    NQTA ~ North Quabbin Trails Association

    Orange

  • Berkshire East Ski Area +
    8 saves

    Berkshire East Ski Area

    Charlemont

  • New England Equestrian Center of Athol +
    7 saves

    New England Equestrian Center of Athol

    Athol

  • Breakheart Reservation +
    6 saves

    Breakheart Reservation

    Saugus

  • Bidwell House Museum +
    4 saves

    Bidwell House Museum

    Monterey

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