While there are numerous hiking trails in Massachusetts that offer incredible views, this boardwalk hike on the Cape in Wellfleet offers a unique swamp hike with an outstanding view of the ocean at the end, making it one of the best hikes in Massachusetts. The Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail is just as it sounds – a loop trail in a swamp near the Atlantic, surrounded by cedar, featuring cedar plank boardwalks. This trail isn’t too long, so it won’t take much out of you, but the views throughout and at the end are so worth it. This boardwalk trek is truly like walking through an enchanting fairy tale, which is why it’s revered as one of — if not the best — hike in Massachusetts.

For more information on the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail, you can visit the National Park Service website.

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So, have you ever hiked the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail on the Cape? If so, what’d you think? How were the views? Do you agree that it’s one of the best hikes in Massachusetts? We’d love to hear about your experiences and don’t forget to then go share photos from your Massachusetts outdoor adventures with us in our Massachusetts Nature Lovers Group on Facebook, or by tagging us at #onlyinmassachusetts on Instagram for a chance to be featured!

When it comes to the best hikes in Massachusetts, the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail is just the tip of the iceberg. The Burrage Pond Wildlife Management Area in Hanson also boasts an amazing trek that belongs on your list of must-visit Massachusetts hiking trails.

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Are there any other can’t-miss hiking trails in Massachusetts?

The White Cedar Swamp Trail might be revered as the best hike in Massachusetts, but it’s not the only hike in the state. Here are some of the best places to go hiking in Massachusetts:

  • Quabbin Reservoir - A large man-made reservoir in central Massachusetts, Quabbin Reservoir offers several hiking trails, including the Quabbin Skyline Trail with views of the reservoir and surrounding hills.
  • Mohawk Trail State Forest - Located in western Massachusetts, this state forest offers several hiking trails, including the Mohawk Trail Ridge hike with panoramic views of the Berkshires.
  • Cape Cod National Seashore - The Cape Cod National Seashore has several hiking trails that offer beautiful views of the ocean, including the Province Lands Trail and the Great Island Trail.


Aside from Massachusetts hiking trails, what are the best outdoor attractions in Massachusetts?

There are lots of outdoor attractions in Massachusetts, including:

  • Martha's Vineyard - This island off the coast of Massachusetts is a popular summer destination known for its beaches, lighthouses, and quaint towns.
  • Mount Greylock State Reservation - Mount Greylock is the highest peak in Massachusetts and offers stunning views of the surrounding area. Visitors can hike, bike, or drive to the summit.
  • Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area - This park includes over 30 islands and offers opportunities for hiking, camping, boating, and more. Visitors can also learn about the history of Boston Harbor and its role in American history.

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