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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  • Appleton Farms +
    25 saves

    Appleton Farms

    Ipswich

  • Appleton Farms Grass Rides +
    33 saves

    Appleton Farms Grass Rides

    Ipswich

  • Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge +
    7 saves

    Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

    Sudbury

  • Breakheart Reservation +
    5 saves

    Breakheart Reservation

    Saugus

  • Castle Hill on the Crane Estate +
    334 saves

    Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

    Ipswich

  • Long Hill +
    23 saves

    Long Hill

    Beverly

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

    Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

    Lincoln

  • Ravenswood Park +
    55 saves

    Ravenswood Park

    Gloucester

  • Rumney Marsh Reservation +
    0 saves

    Rumney Marsh Reservation

    Saugus

  • 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

    + 0 saves
  • Gloucester Maritime Trail

    Gloucester

    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

    Dunstable

    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

    Rockport

    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

    Newburyport

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    + 2 saves
  • Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

    Topsfield

    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

    Newburyport

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

    + 15 saves
  • Tattersall Farm

    Haverhill

    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

    Lincoln

    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

    Andover

    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

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