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

  • Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum +
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    Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum

    Milton

  • Massachusetts Horticultural Society- The Gardens at Elm Bank +
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    Massachusetts Horticultural Society- The Gardens at Elm Bank

    Wellesley

  • New England Base Camp +
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    New England Base Camp

    Milton

  • Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate +
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    Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate

    Waltham

  • 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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  • Blue Hills Reservation

    Milton

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  • Boating in Boston

    Hopkinton

    Grab a boat and join the fun at Hopkinton, Spot Pond, Boston, Plymouth or Wakefield. Have a go at kayaking,... more

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  • Callahan State Park

    Framingham

    Callahan State Park is a 820-acre day use area located in Northwest Framingham. Callahan has seven miles of marked trails... 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 Blue Hills Trailside Museum

    Milton

    The Blue Hills Trailside Museum is the interpretive center for the state's Blue Hills Reservation and is managed by Mass... more

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  • Mass Audubon's Habitat Education Center

    Belmont

    Hiking trails, nature center, formal gardens, art gallery and natural history programs for children and adults. 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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  • Middlesex Fells Reservation

    Stoneham

    Two thousand, five hundred and seventy five acres just north of Boston span the cities and towns of Malden, Medford,... more

    + 4 saves
  • 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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  • 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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  • Noanet Woodlands

    Dover

    You will find more than 17 miles of shady trails and woods roads for walking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and horseback riding.... more

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  • Noon Hill

    Medfield

    Wooded trails wind through the varied terrain of Noon Hill, making it perfect for hiking, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, and... more

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