Massachusetts April 06, 2016
These 13 Hiking Spots In Massachusetts Are Completely Out Of This World
One of the best parts of spring weather is finally getting out there and reconnecting with nature. We’ve gathered a list of some truly epic hiking spots across Massachusetts so that you can plan your next foray into the wilderness.
1. Hiking along the Mohawk Trail in western Mass. affords gorgeous views and glorious fresh air in all seasons.
2. Hiking Mount Holyoke, a.k.a. Skinner Mountain, in Hadley is sure to put a glow in your cheeks, both from exertion (it's not a hike recommended for beginners) and the beauty of the surrounding landscape.
3. Hiking the Pine Hills in Plymouth is an adventure the whole family can enjoy. There are lots of easier trails that smaller children and inexperienced adventurers can handle without a problem.
4. For those of us looking for a less vertical hike, the coastal wetlands at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport are a great place to wander and take in the beauty of nature. There are more than 4,700 acres of beach, dunes, cranberry bogs, forest, and freshwater marsh to explore.
5. Mt. Greylock offers all sorts of hiking options, from deep woodland rambles, to sky-high summit scrambles. Pick a direction and just start walking – you won't be disappointed.
6. The snowy forests of Notchview in Windsor make for a magical hiking setting.
7. A trip up Monument Mountain in Great Barrington is sure to stir your sense of adventure. The summit offers a panoramic view of Southern Berkshire County, and many trails lead through picturesque white pine and oak forests.
8. Brooks Woodland Preserve offers more than 13 miles of trail accessible from different locations throughout Petersham. You'll encounter old stone walls, lovely patches of maidenhair ferns and six 19th-century farmsteads during your ramble through the woods.
9. Hiking to the beautiful and historic North Bridge in Minute Man National Historic Park in Concord is exercise for your body and your knowledge of Massachusetts history. This was the spot where the first battle of the Revolutionary War was fought.
10. A trek to the Solstice Stones on Holt Hill in the Ward Reservation, Andover, will be rewarded with a stunning view of the countryside and a chance to rest on these peculiar stones.
11. Wander around the Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary in Attleboro for a peaceful and beautiful afternoon. The area is maintained by Mass Audubon and is a perfect natural refuge.
12. Hiking the Skyline trail in Middlesex Falls is convenient and fun. This 7-mile path is located just 30 minutes from the city.
13. The Acorn Trail at Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle is a hidden hiking treasure. Tucked away in the dense woodlands of the state park, this narrow and winding path will take you through lovely meadows and over gentle hills.
I know there are dozens more amazing hiking trails to be found all across the state, so where’s your favorite hiking spot in Massachusetts? Let us know!