Located in the US, the hiking in Massachusetts offers over thirty trail routes from which to choose. The best Massachusetts hiking based on popularity are considered to be Appalachian Trail, Riga Plateau, South Taconic Trail, Erving State Forest, and October State Forest. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Massachusetts hiking trail below.
East of Greenfield near Erving, the 4,500 acre Erving State Forest has miles of trails shared by hikers and bikers. The Forest is on the dividing line between Northern and Southern New England forests cultures thus producing high foliage diversity.
Southeast of Boston and southwest of Plymouth, the 14,600 acre Myles Standish State Forest is laced with hundreds of miles of trails, paths, fire breaks, paved roads and dirt roads. Some of the pathways in the forest actually predate the Pilgrims. Theres also a 22 mile paved multi-purpose trail. The routes roll gently through sandy pine forest.
Southeast of Boston and Hingham, the 3,500 acre Wompatuck State Park has miles of hiking trails, plus a 12 mile paved pathway. The rocky and rooty trails of Wompy roll gently through maple and oak forests. A nice place to park is right at the visitor center.
West of Wellfleet, the Great Island Trail is a 6.8 mile round trip hike through dunes, salt marshes and pine forests over to Great Island. There are two side hikes: a 1.4 mile hike to the old Tavern site, and a 2 mile out-and-back to Jeremy Point, which is submerged at high tide.
The Cape Cod Rail Trail is a 27 mile hiking route from SR134 in Dennis to Le Count Hollow Road in Wellfleet. The hiking route passes by salt marshes, cranberry bogs and ponds. It connects with multi-purpose paths into Nickerson State Park and Cape Cod National Seashore.
Near North Andover, the 3,500 acre Harold Parker State Forest has a nice section of the Bay Circuit Trail rolling hikers through maple and oak forest, low lying swampy areas, and rock outcropings. This forest can be quite moist and lush during the summer producing a bumper crop of mosquitos - so bring lots of repellant.
Near Chester in the Berkshires, the 2,300 acre Chester-Blandford State Forest has miles of trails. These hiking trails are also shared with horseback riders and mountain bikers. Don't miss the scenic Sanderson Brook Falls
Near North Andover, the 3,500 acre Harold Parker State Forest has miles of trails and 35 miles of logging roads. The hiking trails roll through maple and oak forest, low lying swampy areas, and rock outcropings. A section of the Bay Circuit Trail passes through the forest. This forest can be quite moist and lush during the summer producing a bumper crop of mosquitos - so bring lots of repellant.
Near Rutland, the Midstate Trail is a 92 mile long hiking trail extending from Rhode Island to New Hampshire along the rolling hills of centrall Massachusetts. At the New Hampshire border, the trail connects with the Wapack Trail.
West of Ipswich, the 2,400 acre Willowdale State Forest has 40 miles of trails through forest. The main hiking routes are blazed in red and blue. The combined red/blue route is a 7 mile loop. The trails wind through dense maple and oak forest, and are open to mountain bikers as well.