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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    Art in the Orchard

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    Breakheart Reservation

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    ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin

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    Natural Resources Trust of Easton-Sheep Pasture

    Easton

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    Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center

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    NQTA ~ North Quabbin Trails Association

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    Rumney Marsh Reservation

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  • Dedham Trails

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    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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  • Walden Woods Project

    Lincoln

    The Walden Woods Project preserves the land, literature, and legacy of Henry David Thoreau to foster an ethic of environmental... more

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