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.

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  • Appleton Farms +
    25 saves

    Appleton Farms


  • Appleton Farms Grass Rides +
    33 saves

    Appleton Farms Grass Rides


  • Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge +
    7 saves

    Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge


  • Breakheart Reservation +
    5 saves

    Breakheart Reservation


  • Castle Hill on the Crane Estate +
    335 saves

    Castle Hill on the Crane Estate


  • Long Hill +
    23 saves

    Long Hill


  • Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary +
    186 saves

    Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary


  • Ravenswood Park +
    56 saves

    Ravenswood Park


  • Rumney Marsh Reservation +
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    Rumney Marsh Reservation


  • Camp Nihan: Environmental Education Camp


    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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  • Gloucester Maritime Trail


    Four self-guided trails through America's first seaport. Call for map or pick one up at Stage Fort Park Information Center. more

    + 5 saves
  • Goss Farm


    Goss Farm is a family owned farm that offers several activities that guarantees a family fun filled day in the... more

    + 1 saves
  • Halibut Point Reservation


    Scramble across ledges scarred for eons by wind and wave and examine tide pools teeming with marine life. Bird watchers... more

    + 2 saves
  • Joppa Flats Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary



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  • Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary


    Ipswich River, one of Mass Audubon's largest sanctuaries, offers more than 12 miles of interconnecting trails that invite you to explore... more

    + 1 saves
  • Maudslay State Park


    Nineteenth-century gardens & plantings; ornamental trees; walking, biking, horseback riding, and picnicking; cultural events. more

    + 15 saves
  • Tattersall Farm


    Built in 1757, Tattersall Farm is currently a historic property owned by the City of Haverhill and comprising of more than 150... more

    + 0 saves
  • Walden Woods Project


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

    + 0 saves
  • Ward Reservation


    Trails link three major hills - Shrub, Boston, and Holt - and looking out from their summits you can see... more

    + 8 saves
  • Weir Hill Reservation

    North Andover

    What makes Weir Hill a special place? We think it's the striking vistas of both scenic Lake Cochichewick and of... more

    + 5 saves

Outdoor Adventure: It's all here

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