Getting out into nature for a good hike is a surefire way to lift your spirits and stay in shape. These awesome trails peppered throughout Massachusetts all offer gorgeous scenery and epic final destinations. Some will take you to waterfalls, while others will leave you high above the forest and breathless…in a good way.
Check out these 14 amazing Bay State trails.
1. Knightville Dam, Huntington
Hiking around the Knightville Dam affords lots of great sights and plenty of fun. Walk to the top of the dam and enjoy the spectacular views of the river and forest below. If you're an equestrian, you'll love wandering along the designated horse trails. If you get a bit peckish, try Hope's Sugar House just moments from the dam.
2. Ashley Reservoir, Holyoke
This is a beautiful walk in all reasons. Animal-lovers will be thrilled with the abundant birds, ducks,
geese and rabbits.
You can also spot lovely goslings and fawns swimming across the water.
You can follow the trails through open spaces and wooded areas, and something beautiful can be found around every corner.
(Westfield Road, Holyoke)
3. Minute Man National Historic Park, Concord
This historic green space commemorates the first battle of the American Revolutionary War,
and it's also an amazing place to take a walk through nature. The hike to the visitors center will take you through lush greenery over a smooth boardwalk,
and there's nothing like lingering on the park's iconic bridge for a photograph. (Monument Street, Concord)
4. Manhan Rail Trail
If you're a cyclist, you should definitely check out the Manhan Rail Trail. Nestled in the beautiful landscape of the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts, this bike path is about 6 miles in length and is totally paved. It will lead you through Northampton, Easthampton and Southampton. The trail is edged with wildflowers, beautiful trees and passes over gorgeous iron bridges.
5. Glendale Falls, Middlefield
This is fantastic hike that is sure to please everyone.
You'll traverse a well-maintained trail that makes it impossible to get lost before winding up at a beautiful series of cascades. The water tumbles over smooth stones down through the forest, and it's a beautiful spot to set up a picnic blanket and rest your feet.
(Clark Wright Road, Middlefield)
6. Shining Sea Bike and Walking Path, Falmouth
This gorgeous path by the sea offers stunning ocean views almost every step of the way. Walk or bike this trail over a total of 12 miles between West Falmouth and Woods Hole. It's a truly magical way to get some fresh air and perfect for people who feel like a typical beach day is too sedentary. (Pin Oak Way, Falmouth)
7. Menotomy Rocks Park, Arlington
This is a lovely little park in the heart of Arlington that you could easily miss if you're weren't in the know. The well-maintained hiking trails will lead you to a small pond in the middle that is perfect for swimming or fishing. There's also a playground for the kids and even a few small treehouses scattered throughout the woods. (Jason Street/Gray Street Intersection, Arlington)
8. Nickerson State Park, Brewster
Nickerson State Park is a great place to camp, but it's also home to an amazing system of trails.
You can bring your dog for a stroll through the woods during all four seasons, and there are plenty of charming places to stop and soak in the view of the pond. There are also great bike trails for the cyclists in your life. (3488 Main Street, Brewster)
9. Poet's Seat Tower, Greenfield
Poet's Seat Tower is a beautifully constructed stone tower that honors a local Greenfield poet. The hike to the top isn't too challenging, and you'll be met with absolutely stunning views of Greenfield from above. Benches line the rock ridge near the tower that afford an amazing view of the town below. This trail gives you the option of hiking or driving to the top of the hill.(Mountain Road and Maple Street, Greenfield)
10. Willard Brook State Forest, Townsend
This park is huge and offers plenty to do and see. You can hit the trails and wind your way to the beautiful sand beach, or set up your tent and spend the night under the stars. It's a very private setting, you'll feel like you have the whole forest to yourself. The babbling brooks and waterfalls along the trails are simply lovely. (Route 119, Townsend)
11. Bolton Lime Kiln and Quarry, Bolton
This is a totally unique hiking destination. Pick up a map and booklet at the dirt parking area and head out on the trail to discover the old lime quarries and lime kiln that are hiding in the forest. The terrain is relatively flat, and there's nothing like stumbling upon a piece of local history while out for a stroll. (Main Street, Bolton)
12. Doyle Conservation Center, Leominster
This spot offers beautiful landscaping and plenty of opportunities to spot deer,
frogs and rabbits. There is an ADA compliant path,
so visitors with mobility issues or parents with strollers can enjoy the scenery as well. You have several trail options that vary in length and terrain,
and dogs are welcome.
Be sure to pause for a moment of serenity on the lovely footbridge over the water. (325 Lindell Avenue, Leominster)
13. Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation, South Deerfield
Mt. Sugarloaf State Reservation is located near the Connecticut River, and hiking to the overlook is one of the best ways to take in the natural beauty of the surrounding area. Looking over the town of Sunderland is particularly stunning in the spring and fall, when the color of the foliage is at its brightest. There are plenty of picnic tables and grills to use if you feel like cooking up something delicious. (300 Sugarfield Street, South Deerfield)
14. Natural Bridge State Park, North Adams
This state park is an unexpected gem. It's an old abandoned marble quarry that features caves carved out by glacial activity. You can hike between the caves (they aren't very large at all) and admire the stunning waterfall that runs through the area. (McCauley Road, North Adams)