Massachusetts February 27, 2019
10 Beautiful Massachusetts Locations You Probably Didn’t Know Existed
If you’ve lived in Massachusetts all your life, you probably feel like you’ve explored every nook and cranny this state has to offer. However, we’re willing to bet that you haven’t seen at least a few of these stunning Bay State locations that are perfect places for wiling away an afternoon or two. Here are some of the most beautiful Massachusetts spots that you probably didn’t even know existed.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Groton Street Covered Bridge, Pepperell
The Groton Street Covered Bridge in Pepperell is one of the last renaming wooden covered bridges in the state. Though this one has been restored, it still has that old-timey feel that makes it the perfect place to stop for a few photos and a moment in the sun. You can either drive across the bridge or walk across on foot. (Groton St., Pepperell)
2. Eldridge Pond, Boxborough
Eldridge Pond is a little-known hideaway in the town of Boxboro. It's actually a reservoir so there's no swimming allowed, but it's the perfect spot for a walk or a spot of fishing. Don't forget to stop by in the autumn for some truly spectacular fall color. (Eldridge Rd., Boxborough)
3. Doane’s Falls, Royalston
Doane’s Falls is one of the prettiest waterfalls in the state. It has the added advantage of being one of the easiest ones to reach, as well. You can find this cascade by hiking for about a half mile on a trail leading out from Tully Lake Park. There’s also a longer 7.5-mile loop trail you can take if you feel like more of a challenge. (25 Done Hill Rd., Royalston)
4. Plum Island, Essex County
Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are probably the best known islands in Massachusetts, but Plum Island deserves much more attention than it gets. This small barrier island located off the state’s northern coast is just 11 miles in length but offers all sorts of nature trails and stunning wild beach areas to explore. It’s named for the beach plums that grow naturally in the island’s dunes. There are plenty of bed and breakfasts, inns, and touring companies willing to help make your stay memorable.
5. World’s End, Hingham
This 251-acre park is one of Massachusetts lesser-known green spaces, but it offers plenty in the way of beauty. Rolling hills and rocky shorelines are sure to enchant you, while views of the glittering Boston skyline make for great camera fodder. Taking a stroll here is delightful any time of year. (Martins Ln., Hingham)
Marshfield is a town in Plymouth County that’s lucky enough to have some of the loveliest seaside views in the state. Head to the Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary along the Green Harbor River for some seriously great hiking and bird-watching.
The town of Hadley is truly a special spot in Massachusetts. Located in Hampshire County, it’s a quiet little community that’s bordered all around by stunning natural scenery. You’ll find the Mount Holyoke Range to the south and plenty of scenic rolling farmland to drive through. Because of its long agricultural history and nostalgic old-world feel, the "Cultural Landscape of Hadley, Massachusetts" is actually recognized by the World Monuments Fund.
8. Moore State Park, Paxton
Moore State Park is a fairytale destination for anyone looking to escape into nature for a few hours. It offers everything from winding paths to a vintage sawmill, complete with a gurgling brook and waterfall. Visiting is free, so bring the whole family for a day in the fresh air. (1 Sawmill Rd., Paxton)
9. Lookout Rock, Northbridge
Massachusetts might be known more for its beaches than its mountains, but this stunning stony overlook definitely offers some of the best views for miles. Lookout Rock can be reached by taking the Lookout Point Trail that leads from the Quaker Street parking lot in Northbridge. You’ll only need to walk for about 15 minutes to reach the panoramic overlook. (Quaker Street, Northbridge)
10. Goldmine Brook Falls, Chester
Just because this little waterfall doesn’t get much press doesn’t mean it’s not worth a look. Goldmine Brook Falls is located between Huntington and Chester and only requires about 0.1 miles of hiking to reach. Be sure to stop by in the fall and spring to see the cascade at its strongest, or head out in the winter for a glimpse of the waterfall in its frozen state.
What’s your favorite hidden gem in Massachusetts? Let us know in the comments! For more of the prettiest places to explore in the Bay State,