Nature October 23, 2017
10 Short And Sweet Fall Hikes In Massachusetts With A Spectacular End View
Hiking in Massachusetts is spectacular in any season, but it’s hard to deny there’s something special about hitting the trails in the fall. The spectacular foliage and the crisp fall air make for a truly awesome time to explore the wilds. Check out these short and sweet fall hikes that won’t take you all day but still offer some amazing views.
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1. Wachusett Mountain West Side Trail, Wachusett Mountain
Try this quick loop trail on Wachusett Mountain near Westminster for a fun and easy fall hike. The trail is only 2.7 miles round trip and will take you through groves full of copper-hued leaves and past scenic overlooks. It’s a great place to appreciate the beauty of the season.
2. Pond Trail, Tully Mountain, Royalston
Tully Mountain is a gorgeous peak in central Massachusetts. It’s also home to Tully Pond, a quiet and scenic little spot that offers surprisingly dramatic views of Doane’s Falls. The hike around the pond is level and quick, perfect for a day hike or family outing.
(Route 32 near Tully Lake Dam, Royalston)
3. Caryl Trail at Noanet Woodlands, Dover
The Noanet Woodlands in Dover offer over 17 miles of trails for all experience levels, but the Caryl Trail is a short and sweet hike that’s perfect for casual hikers and kids. The trail extends for about a half-mile and will deliver you to a charming old mill site ringed by lovely fall color. (Powisset Street, Dover)
4. Skyline Trail at Middlesex Fells Reservation, Stoneham
The Middlesex Fells Reservation Skyline Trail will reward you with a gorgeous view of the Boston skyline (get it?), complete with stunning fall foliage.The trail is just under seven miles and perfect for an afternoon hike and picnic combo. (4 Woodland Road, Stoneham)
5. Monument Mountain Trail, Monument Mountain, Great Barrington
This lovely 2.8-mile loop trail is offers gorgeous views of the Housatonic River Valley and the southern Berkshires. You’ll encounter a few steep bits, but for the most part the trail is an easygoing amble up and down the mountain.
6. Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield
This 1,954-acre wildlife sanctuary offers 12 trails to choose from, so you’ll be spoilt for choice as you explore the gorgeous fall woods. If you’re feeling extra adventurous and are a Mass Audubon member, you can rent a canoe and paddle around the marshes of Ipswich River. (87 Perkins Row, Topsfield)
7. Mount Norwottuck and Horse Caves Trails, Mount Holyoke State Park
These trails may be short but they pack a lot of punch. The Mount Norwottuck trail is just 3.2 miles, but will take you to the summit of the mountain. The Horse Caves trail will bring you to a series of ledges that have amazing views of the foliage.
8. Birch Pond, Saugus
This is the ultimate quick and easy hike. Birch Pond is part of the Lynn Woods Reservation and can be reached via a pleasant 4.4-mile loop trail OR via a quick walk from the road on the other side of the reservation. Either way, once you're there you'll want to walk around the pond and admire the reflection of the foliage in the clear water.
9. The Gardens at Elm Bank, Wellesley
If you're looking for more of a walk than a hike, The Gardens at Elm Bank is the perfect spot to wander. With 35 acres of woodlands, meadows, fields and gardens to discover and plenty of winding paths to explore, you'll be sure to find a pretty fall scene around every corner. (900 Washington Street, Wellesley)
10. Silver Lake Loop Trail, Breakheart Reservation, Saugus
When waterfront views are involved, it's hard to go wrong.
For more stunning hikes to try in Massachusetts,
check out our list of great hikes under 5 miles that everyone should try.