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Best Trails of Massachusetts

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#1. Appalachian National Scenic Trail: CT & MA
This 2,155-mile national scenic trail, journeying from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mount Katahdin, Maine, traverses the northwest corner of Connecticut and western Massachusetts, touring forest, fie...
From the guidebook "Hiking Southern New England"
Hiking Trails
North Adams, MA - Hiking - 138 miles


#2. Alander Mountain Loop
The southwest corner of Massachusetts on the tri-state border of MA, CT, and NY. In Mount Washington State Forest, this demanding all-day or overnight loop with side spurs travels the South Taconics,...
From the guidebook "Hiking Southern New England"
Hiking Trails
South Egremont, MA - Hiking - 15 miles


#3. Blue Hills Reservation
Ten miles south of downtown Boston. Three day hikes of varying length and difficulty explore key features of the Blue Hills chain. Special attractions: vistas, observation towers, historic weather st...
From the guidebook "Hiking Southern New England"
Hiking Trails
Boston, MA - Hiking - 4.5 miles


#4. Bash-Bish and Alander Mountains
A hard hike over secluded terrain and long stretches of open ridge to perhaps the very best view in the Berkshires. In a region known for spectacular views, the hike along the summit ridge of Alander ...
From the guidebook "Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts"
Hiking Trails
Mount Washington, MA - Hiking - 5.6 miles


#5. Cape Cod Rail-Trail
Among the most scenic recreation trails in Massachusetts and a favorite with cyclists and day hikers, the Cape Cod Trail provides access to beaches, fresh water ponds, cranberry bogs and wild wetlands...
From the guidebook "Rails-To-Trails: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine"
Hiking Trails
Harwich, MA - Rail-Trails - 26 miles


#6. Belmont to Walden Pond Cruise
John Allis, a three-time Olympian, mapped this route in 1972 by tracing the least busy roads leading west from Cambridge. You'll explore the near-rural suburbs of Lincoln, Sudbury, and Weston. Since...
From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
Hiking Trails
Belmont, MA - Road Biking - 33 miles


#7. Lincoln Conservation Land (Mount Misery)
The Mount Misery conservation land provides excellent views of the Sudbury River and Fairhaven Bay, while passing through a deeply shaded hemlock forest and a patch of open marsh. Wildlife flourishes ...
From the guidebook "Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts"
Hiking Trails
Lincoln, MA - Hiking - 3 miles


#8. Middlesex Fells - East
Feel like going on a four-hour challenging hike in the mountains of Vermont? Save time and gas and head for the 2,000-acre Middlesex Fells, located just seven miles north of Boston. It boasts jagged p...
From the guidebook "Exploring in and around Boston on Bike and Foot"
Hiking Trails
Stoneham, MA - Hiking - 5 miles


#9. Bascom Lodge, Mount Greylock
A traditional lodge at the top of the highest summit in Massachusetts. A windblown summit looming in mists and tracked by the Appalachian Trail, yet visited by tourists who step out of their cars dres...
From the guidebook "Roughing It Easy in New England: Outdoor Adventures Near Lodgings"
Hiking Trails
North Adams, MA - Hiking


#10. Race Brook Falls and Mount Everett
A daylong adventure to mountain cascades and up rocky windswept ridges to the very top of the southern Berkshires. This is not a particularly easy tramp, but it’s definitely one of the nicest hikes in...
From the guidebook "Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts"
Hiking Trails
Sheffield, MA - Hiking - 5.4 miles


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