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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  • Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary

    Sharon

    Oldest sanctuary (1916) operated by the Massachusetts Audubon Society with 25 miles of hiking trails on 2000 acres. more

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  • Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon

    Canton

    The Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon is a professional art museum within New England's largest conservation organization,... more

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  • New England Wild Flower Society's Nasami Farm

    Whately

    75-acre nursery set in the stunning Pioneer Valley. Retail nursery offers native plants, including hard to find woody species in... more

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  • Norris Reservation

    Norwell

    The Norris Reservation has a varied natural environment, which features a mill pond, stands of white pine and oak, salt... more

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  • Pack Out Gear

    Charlestown

    Going camping? Pack Out Gear offers camping equipment rentals. Visitors to www.packoutgear.com may make selections from our inventory.... more

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  • Petticoat Hill Reservation

    Williamsburg

    Explore a forest that boasts a rich variety of hardwood species, passing stone walls and cellar holes that reveal the... more

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  • Powisset Farm

    Dover

    A restored farming operation, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, on a landscape with a history of pastures and planted... more

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  • Whitney and Thayer Woods

    Hingham

    10 miles of trails including the Milliken Memorial Path, and wild garden created in the 1920's. more

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  • Berkshire Hiker

    South Egremont

    Berkshire Hiker--Leading successful custom-designed guided hikes in the Berkshires since 2007. Let me be your guide for a fabulous hiking experience... more

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  • Blue Hill Adventures and Quarry Museum

    Westwood

    In 2002 Blue Hill Adventure and Quarry Museum were created to restore, preserve and protect approximately 8,000 acres of the Historic Blue... more

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  • Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary

    Worcester

    Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester is the largest urban wildlife sanctuary in New England, with more than 400 acres cooperatively managed... more

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  • Camp Nihan: Environmental Education Camp

    Saugus

    Nearly 65 acres of comprised of woodland forest, marsh, and a spring fed pond. Located near Breakheart Reservation, the Camp is... more

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  • Crocker Neck Conservation Area Walk

    Cotuit

    Join BLT and professor Gil Newton, on an interpretive walk through the diverse ecosystems of the 97-acre Town-owned Conservation Area... more

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  • Dedham Trails

    Dedham

    The Town of Dedham, for being located in an urban area, contains significant natural and recreational resources. Dedham is home... more

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  • Friends of the Blue Hills

    Milton

    The Friends of the Blue Hills (FBH) is a 1,000-member non-profit organization devoted to preserving and protecting the Blue Hills... more

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  • Mass Audubon's Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary

    Sharon

    Mass Audubon works to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. Together with more than 100,000 members, we care... more

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  • Moose Hill Farm

    Sharon

    Follow a trail from the farmstead through restored woodlands to hillside hayfields and pastures, where you'll enjoy views of Great... more

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  • Nantucket Convservation Foundation

    Nantucket

    The mission of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation is to assist in the preservation of Nantucket's character by permanently conserving, maintaining,... more

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  • North River Wildlife Sanctuary

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  • Skyfields Arboretum-Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

    Athol

    The 40 acres of bucolic meadows and mixed-deciduous forest surrounding the headquarters of Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust are a pleasure... more

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