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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    344 saves

    Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

    Ipswich

  • The Clark +
    21 saves

    The Clark

    Williamstown

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    41 saves

    Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge

    Nantucket

  • Doane's Falls +
    68 saves

    Doane's Falls

    Royalston

  • Eagle Obstacles +
    0 saves

    Eagle Obstacles

    Dedham

  • ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin +
    63 saves

    ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin

    Orange

  • Fisher Museum and Trails at the Harvard Forest +
    14 saves

    Fisher Museum and Trails at the Harvard Forest

    Petersham

  • Fittz Family Memorial Forest +
    3 saves

    Fittz Family Memorial Forest

    Orange

  • Fruitlands Museum +
    92 saves

    Fruitlands Museum

    Harvard

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    353 saves

    Heritage Museums & Gardens

    Sandwich

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    12 saves

    HG October Mountain Estate

    Lenox

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    4 saves

    Hitchcock Center for the Environment

    Amherst

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    18 saves

    Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort and Adventure Park

    Hancock

  • Keep Homestead Museum +
    1 saves

    Keep Homestead Museum

    Monson

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    0 saves

    Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

    Stockbridge

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    10 saves

    Laurel Lake Recreation Area

    Erving

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    25 saves

    Long Hill

    Beverly

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    10 saves

    Lowell Holly

    Sandwich

  • Mass Audubon - Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary +
    11 saves

    Mass Audubon - Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

    Easthampton

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    21 saves

    Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum

    Milton

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