37 Corey Road -- Route 43 Hancock, MA 01237 Phone: 413-738-5500 Toll-Free: 800-882-8859 Fax: 413-738-5729
Massachusetts has lots of city and country trails for walking and hiking
With its charming cities and towns, and lovely beaches and countryside, Massachusetts has innumerable places to walk and hike for people of all ages and tastes. Walking is a perfect activity for almost everyone in all seasons.
301 Brown Avenue Seekonk, MA 02771 Phone: 508-761-8230
127 Combs Road Easthampton, MA Phone: 413-584-3009
Weatogue Road, Ashley Falls Sheffield, MA Phone: 413-229-8600
Falls Road Mount Washington, MA Phone: 413-528-0330
Good for hiking and picnicking; fishing;
leashed pets allowed
See Bash Bish Fall State Park for full description of this park.
Hawley Road Ashfield, MA Phone: 413-684-0148
69 Bluehill Road Monterey, MA 01245 Phone: 413-528-0904
Good for non-motorized boating, walking & hiking, camping, snowmobiling; fishing; leashed pets allowed
See Beartown State Forest for full description of this park.
86 Dearth Hill Road Brimfield, MA Phone: 413-267-9687
Good for hiking & walking, picnicking, horseback riding; fishing
See Brimfield State Forest for full description of this park.
Williamsburg Road Ashfield, MA Phone: 413-684-0148
Route 20 Chester, MA Phone: 413-354-6347
Good for walking & hiking, horseback riding, hunting (restrictions), mountain biking, fishing
See Chester-Blandford State Forest for full description of this park.
River Road Chesterfield, MA Phone: 413-532-1631
Burnett Road Chicopee, MA 01020 Phone: 413-594-9416
Swimming and fishing on a large pond; walking trails
1199 Middle Road Clarksburg, MA Phone: 413-664-8345
Good for camping, hiking, boating; non-motor boats only
Cape Street, Route 112 Goshen, MA Phone: 413-268-7098
Good for boating, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, and winter sports; pets permitted except on sandy beach; non-motorized boats only.
Old North Road (Harmon Road) New Marlborough, MA 01230 Phone: 413-298-3239
Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of one hour for the walk.
Sloan Road Williamstown, MA Phone: 413-458-3144
Clark Wright Road Middlefield, MA Phone: 413-684-0148
Jug End Road Egremont, MA 01258 Phone: 413-528-0330
Carry-in and carry-out all trash. Black bears live here. Never confront or feed or tease the bears. Seal you rfood. Rattlesnakes live in the park. Stay clear of them. Pets are permitted on a 10-foot leash. Off-road vehicles and alcoholic beverages are not allowed.
Route 8A Hawley, MA 01339 Phone: 413-339-5504
793 Main Street Hampden, MA Phone: 413-566-8034
An 18th century house owned by children’s author Thornton Burgess highlights the 354 acres of walking trails and natural beauty. A library and exhibits offered.
Fern Road Tyringham, MA Phone: 413-298-3239
Hiking, Birding, Picnicking
175 Mohawk Trail / Route 2 Charlemont, MA 01339 Phone: 413-339-5504
Good for year-round camping, viewing nature & wildlife, and trout fishing.
Tilda Hill Road Monroe, MA Phone: 413-339-5504
Route 7 Great Barrington, MA Phone: 413-298-3239
Mount Everett Road Mount Washington, MA Phone: 413-528-0330
Good for scenery and vista-viewing; free access; pets permitted.
Parking in designated areas only. No services are available. Carry-in, carry-out all belongings and trash. Take precautions to avoid ticks; be aware of bears and rattlesnakes. Pets must be on a 10-foot maximum leash. Motorized off-road vehicles and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
Season & Hours: The park is open year-round, sunrise to sunset year-round.
Rockwell Road Lanesborough, MA Phone: 413-499-4262
Good for hiking, camping, scenic drives, and viewing wildlife.
Route 116 South Deerfield, MA Phone: 413-545-5993
125 Reservation Road Holyoke, MA Phone: 413-534-1186
Good for handicap-accessible recreation, fishing, hiking & walking, paddling
143 East Street South Egremont, MA, MA Phone: 413-528-0330
Good for scenic views, wilderness camping, fishing, hiking, and picnicking. Free access.
Mason Street Williamstown, MA Phone: 413-458-3144
Peck Road Wales, MA Phone: 413-267-9654
There are guided spring wildflower walks at this 3,000-acre site, which features three miles of nature trails and two museums.
Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center
Northfield, MA Phone: 413-659-3714
Norwottuck Rail Trail
Begins at Elwell State Park, Damon Road Northampton, MA Phone: 413 586-8706 ext. 12
Woodland Road Lee, MA Phone: 413-243-1778
The forest is open from sunrise to one half-hour after sunset. Access is free. Camping season is from mid-May through mid-October in designated campground only. RV size is restricted to 34 feet. No electric hook-ups available. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Don't forget you are in Black Bear country. Never physically confront, feed, torment or throw anything at bears. All Terrain Vehicles are permitted during daylight hours on designated trails only, from May 1 through last Sunday in November (call ahead for details). Snowmobiling is available on four-inch minimum hard-packed snow base.
Recreational opportunities: Camping, non-motorized boating, boat ramp & public landing, fishing, hiking, hunting (restrictions), mountain biking, off-road vehicles, skiing (cross-country), trailer / R.V. dumping, walking trails.
Boat ramps: Car top boating is available at Housatonic River (public access nearby at New Lenox Rd.), Buckley Dunton Reservoir and October Mountain Reservoir day-use area.
Petticoat Hill Road Williamsburg, MA Phone: 413-684-0148
Spend some time in this century old forest
1041 Cascade Street Pittsfield, MA Phone: 413-442-8992
Good for handicap-accessible recreation, fishing, walking & hiking.
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
West Mountain Road Lenox, MA Phone: 413-637-0320
Visitors will enjoy seven miles of walking trails covering nearly 1,400 acres. Public programs are offered. Open year-round.
New Marlborough Hill Road New Marlborough, MA Phone: 413-298-3239
A seventeen-acre upland field of native meadow wildflowers attracts a variety of dragonflies and butterflies
462 North Street Feeding Hills, MA Phone: 413-786-2877
Good for paddling, picnics, swimming, fishing, and views
260 Central Shaft Road Florida, MA Phone: 413-663-8469
Handicap-accessible hiking and camping; water sports, picnicking, hiking, camping, paddling, pets allowed
Route 41 Hadley, MA Phone: 413-586-0350
Taconic Crest Trail
Williamstown to Pittsfield, MA Phone: 203-788-7665
How to Find It: From Route 7 in Williamstown, MA, turn onto Route 2 west at the Taconic Park Restaurant approximately half way between the Store at Five Corners and the Williams Inn. (This road is known locally as the Taconic Trail.) At the top of the hill is a large parking area on the left. Park there, and cross the road to access the trail head to the Snowhole near Vermont state line or just head south to Berlin Mountain by hiking up the trail leading up the hill at the back of the parking lot.
Jerusalem Road Tyringham, MA Phone: 413-298-3239
Salt Pond Visitor Center at Nauset Road and Route 6 Eastham, MA 02642 Phone: 508-255-3421
Magnificent national park encompasses all shoreline and interior features of Cape Cod
For details on trails, search “Cape Cod” here
See full description for Cape Cod National Seashore.
Cape Cod Rail Trail
Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham, and Wellfleet, MA Phone: 508-896-3491
There are many opportunities to get off the trail and visit a beach. Food and water are available and public restrooms can be found at Nickerson State Park, Salt Pond Visitors Center at Cape Cod National Seashore and the National Seashore Headquarters. Bike rentals are available at many points along the way.
Free parking for trail users is available at the trailhead at Route 134 in South Dennis; Headwaters Drive in Harwich; Underpass Road, off Route 137 in Brewster; Nickerson State Park in Brewster; Route 137 at Route 28 in Chatham; Winifred Road, off Old Queen Road in Chatham; Orleans Center at Old Colony Way in Orleans; Cape Cod National Seashore at the Salt Pond Visitors Center in Eastham; National Seashore at Marconi Area in Wellfleet; the trailhead at LeCount Hollow Road in South Wellfleet; Head of the Meadow Beach parking lot in Truro; High Head Road in Truro; and National Seashore's Province Lands Visitor Center in Provincetown.
Green Briar Nature Center
6 Discovery Hill Road East Sandwich, MA 02537 Phone: 508-888-6870
Open: January-March, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; April-December, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, 1-4 p.m.
South Sandwich Road Mashpee & Sandwich, MA 02563 Phone: 508.636.4693
Extensive walking trails among holly and rhododendron gardens; two ponds stocked with fish
See full description of Lowell Holly.
Quinaquisset Avenue and Meetinghouse Road Mashpee, MA Phone: 508-679-2115
Open: Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Route 6 and West Road South Wellfleet, MA 02663 Phone: 508-349-2615
Neilson Road New Salem, MA Phone: 978-840-4446
East Street Petersham, MA Phone: 978-840-4446
George Hill Road Lancaster, MA Phone: 978-840-4446
107 Wallum Lake Road Douglas, MA Phone: 508-476-7872
Popular state forest on lake with many activities: water sports; horseback riding; hiking trails
Lindell Avenue Leominster, MA Phone: 978-840-4446
289 Pearl Street Gardner, MA Phone: 508-632-7897
Water sports on pond; walking trails; Nordic skiing and ice skating. Fully wheelchair accessible
Map and trails guide
See full description of Dunn State Park.
Route 101 Phillipston, MA Phone: 978-840-4446
West Street Petersham, MA Phone: 508-939-8962
Good for fishing, walking, and nature viewing. No pets allowed.
See full description of Federated Women’s Club State Forest.
164 Cedar Street Hopkinton, MA 01748 Phone: 508-435-4303
Located on a reservoir; activities include water sports, hiking, picnicking, skiing and snowmobiling. Boat ramp
Route 68 Royalston, MA Phone: 978-840-4446
Get back in touch with nature
90 Fitchburg Road / Route 31 Leominster, MA Phone: 508-874-2303
Forested property with 2 ponds, swimming, fishing, paddling, skiing & snowmobiling. No camping
See full description of Leominster State Forest.
Main Street Petersham, MA Phone: 978-840-4446
86 Winchendon Road Baldwinville, MA Phone: 508-939-8962
Camping, water sports, hiking
Butler Road Monson, MA Phone: 978-840-4446
198 Purgatory Road Sutton, MA Phone: 508-234-3733
485 Ware Road / Route 9 (3 miles east of intersection of routes 9 and 202) Belchertown, MA Phone: 413-323-7221
Route 140 Princeton, MA Phone: 978-840-4446
Real New England History
Route 9 West Brookfield, MA Phone: 978-840-4446
Falls Road Royalston, MA Phone: 978-840-4446
Concealed within a dense forest
Nichewaug Road Petersham, MA Phone: 978-840-4446
Leadmine Road Sturbridge, MA Phone: 978-840-4446
345 Mountain Road Princeton, MA Phone: 508-464-2987
159 Walker Pond Rd. Sturbridge, MA 01566 Phone: 508 347-9257
Best for camping and hiking; swimming beach for campers only; 5 miles from Old Sturbridge Village
Back Bay Fens Park of the Emerald Necklace
To Get There: Avoid driving; parking is difficult. To get to the park, use any of these trains of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority ( MBTA or "the T" ): Green B, C Lines: Hynes/Mass Ave, Kenmore; Green D Line: Hynes/Mass Ave, Kenmore, Fenway; Green E Line: Museum of Fine Arts, Northeastern University; Orange Line: Ruggles.
Beaver Brook Reservation
Mill Street Waltham, MA Phone: 617-484-6357
Blue Hills Trailside Museum
1904 Canton Avenue Milton, MA Phone: 617-333-0690
Boston, MA Phone: 617-223-8666
Islands in Boston Harbor, and easy ferry ride from downtown. Swimming, hiking, picnicking. A fun day trip
See Boston Harbor Islands for full description of this park.
Boston Women's Heritage Trail
Boston, MA Phone: 617-522-2872
Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
280 Eliot Street Natick, MA Phone: 508-655-2296
William J. Day Blvd. South Boston, MA Phone: 617-727-5290
Bayside string of parks and beaches easily accessible to Boston; walking, swimming, fishing
Fort Independence has two main hiking trails; 1.8-mile Pleasure Bay Loop, overlooking scenic Pleasure and Dorchester Bays, and .79-mile-long Castle Island Loop, which leads you in a ring around the Fort. You'll find a telephone located halfway 'round the Bay trail at Sugarbowl Shelter.
See Castle Island, Pleasure Bay, M Street Beach and Carson Beach for full description of this park.
Farm Road Dover, MA 02492 Phone: 508-785-0339
Hartford Street Medfield, MA 02052 Phone: 508-785-0339
Adams Street Milton, MA 02186 Phone: 781-821-2977
Hammond Pond Reservation
Hammond Pond Parkway Newton, MA Phone: 617-698-1802
Walk starts at Old State House, 206 Washington Street Boston, MA Phone: 617-482-1722
A self-guided walk that traces the history of the Boston waterfront. The tour begins at the Old State House, brochures are available at the National Park Service Visitor's Center on State Street.
Literary Trail of Greater Boston
Omni Parker House Boston, MA Phone: 617-350-0358
A tour for everyone who loves history, good books, and beautiful settings. Discover the homes, gathering places, and landscapes of America's most beloved authors on a guided tour, or on your own with the Self-Guided Tour Package. Travel from Boston to Cambridge and Concord and visit sites such as Walden Pond, Longfellow House, Concord Museum, and Orchard House. Tours depart from the Omni Parker House the second Saturday of the month, beginning August.
Stearns Street Carlisle, MA 01741 Phone: 978-840-4446
Woodridge Street Medfield, MA 02052 Phone: 508-785-0339
Off Mystic Valley Parkway Medford, Somerville, Everett, MA Phone: 617-727-5380
Series of parks and green spaces along Mystic River; accessible by MBTA trains; walking, biking, picnicking, swimming
Dedham Street Dover, MA 02030 Phone: 781-821-2977
Noon Hill Road Medfield, MA 02052 Phone: 508-785-0339
Quincy Shore Drive Quincy, MA 02169 Phone: 617-727-5290
Hartford Street Medfield, MA 02052 Phone: 508-785-0339
Just 30 minutes from downtown Boston
Causeway Street Medfield, MA 02052 Phone: 508-785-0339
Stony Brook Nature Center
North Street Norfolk, MA Phone: 508-528-3140
This nature center includes a self-guided hiking trail. An extensive boardwalk system helps visitors explore Teal Marsh and its wildlife.
Stony Brook Reservation
Turtle Pond Parkway Hyde Park, MA Phone: 617-698-1802
Sunfish and Perch await anglers in Turtle Pond at this 475-acre park and wildlife refuge, featuring fishing areas, biking and hiking trails, public swimming, and picnic areas. Programs are scheduled throughout the year.
The Minuteman Bikeway
Arlington to Bedford, MA Phone: 617-641-4891
Turkey Hill Lane Hingham, MA Phone: 781-740-7233
Route 3A Cohasset & Hingham, MA Phone: 781-740-7233
250 Martin’s Lane Hingham, MA Phone: 781-740-6665
Dike Road (on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha's Vineyard) Edgartown, MA 02539 Phone: 508-627-7689
Magnificent barrier beach with sandy shoreline & salt marsh and pond; good for walking, natural beauty
See full description of Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge
Cedar Tree Neck Wildlife Sanctuary
Indian Hill Road West Tisbury, MA
Wauwinet Road Wauwinet (on the island of Nantucket), MA 02554 Phone: 508-228-5646
Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary
Edgartown Road Edgartown, MA Phone: 508-627-4850
Off Long Point Road West Tisbury (on the island of Martha's Vineyard), MA Phone: 508-693-7662
North Road, Chilmark Martha’s Vineyard, MA Phone: 508-693-3678
Directions: Starting from State Road in West Tisbury, turn right onto North Road heading westerly toward Chilmark and follow for five miles. Entrance, with parking spaces, is just past Tabor House Road, at right.
Edgartown (on Martha's Vineyard), MA Phone: 508-627-7689
Open year-round, daily. Dogs must be kept on a leash. Free for pedestrians. Oversand vehicle (OSV) permits are required.
Route 1A Ipswich, MA 01938 Phone: 978-356-5728 Fax: 978-412-9587
Neilson Road New Salem, MA Phone: 978-840-4446
Asbury Street and Ipswich Road Topsfield, MA Phone: 508-887-5931
Great for walking, picnicking, enjoying spring flowers; horseback riding. Wading pool for kids
177 Forest Street Saugus, MA Phone: 781-233-0834
Large forest with 2 freshwater lakes; swimming; fishing; walking trails; extensive views
Summer Street (Route 127) Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944 Phone: 978-356-4351 Fax: 978-356-2143
Crane Memorial Reservation
Argilla Road Ipswich, MA Phone: 508-356-4351
Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
Route 117, South Great Road Lincoln, MA Phone: 617-259-9807
Essex National Heritage Area
New Liberty and Essex Salem, MA Phone: 508-740-1650
Gott Avenue Rockport, MA Phone: 978-526-8687 Fax: 978-356-2143
Gott Avenue Rockport, MA Phone: 508-546-2997
Elevated outcropping has beautiful sea views; birdwatching; good for walking & picnics
See full description of Halibut Point State Park.
305 Middleton Road North Andover, MA 01845 Phone: 508-686-3391
In-the-forest camping; miles of logging roads for hiking and mountain biking; fishing and paddling (no motor boats)
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Perkins Row Topsfield, MA Phone: 508-887-9264
160 Pawtucket Blvd Lowell, MA Phone: 978-458-8750
Park describes the history of this industrial city; also boating, fishing, and walking along esplanade
Great Woods and Penny Brook Roads Lynn, MA Phone: 617-593-7773
Hours: Sunrise to sunset. No charge.
Curzon Mill Road Newburyport, MA Phone: 978-465-7223
Woodland Road Winchester, MA Phone: 781-322-2851 or
Salem Sound Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-526-8687 Fax: 978-356-2143
Ruins of a turn-of-the-century summer colony...
Salem Heritage Trail
Salem, MA Phone: 508-744-0004
Beach Road, Route 1A Salisbury, MA 01952 Phone: 508-462-4481
Fantastic, sandy ocean beach with all waterfront sports; popular for trailer camping
See full description of Salisbury Beach State Reservation.
Parker River Wildlife Refuge, Refuge Road Ipswich, MA Phone: 508-462-4481
Beautiful barrier island and ocean beach for walking, birdwatching
Island Road Essex, MA 01929 Phone: 978-526-8687 Fax: 978-356-2143
Prospect Road North Andover, MA 01845 Phone: 978-682-3580 Fax: 978-682-3580
Stevens Street North Andover, MA 01845 Phone: 978-682-3580 Fax: 978-682-3580
Route 3A Plymouth, MA Phone: 508-866-2580
Good for scenic landscapes and coastal views; hiking & walking, and fishing.
Slab Bridge Road Assonet, MA Phone: 508 644-5522
Good for walking & hiking, winter sports, mountain biking, equestrian, fishing, and restricted hunting.
See Freetown-Fall River State Forest for full description of this park.
Lloyd Center for Environmental Studies
430 Potomska Road South Dartmouth, MA Phone: 508-990-0505
Long Pond Road Carver, MA Phone: 508-866-2580
Good for camping, hiking & walking, water activities, and natural science enthusiasts.
Park map (summer): http://1.usa.gov/19G9Z5q
See Myles Standish State Forest for full description of this park.
Horseneck Road Dartmouth, MA Phone: 781-821-2977
South Shore Natural Science Center
Jacobs Lane Norwell, MA Phone: 617-659-2559
Union Street Marshfield, MA Phone: 781-821-2977
Off Route 128 Hingham, MA Phone: 617-749-7160
Good for camping, fishing, swimming, and hiking & walking.
See Wompatuck State Park for full description of this park.