8 Beautiful Hikes in Massachusetts
No matter where you travel within Massachusetts, you are bound to come across a fantastic park. Massachusetts is home to so many gorgeous parks -too many to count! Year round recreation, from hiking and biking in the spring and summer months to cross country skiing in the winter months, await you in beautiful Massachusetts.
Massachusetts is one of the most heavily forested US states (it’s 8th on the list which 62% of the state covered with spectacular forested lands), leading to endless recreational opportunities. Even within a short radius of Boston, you can still explore tremendous parks. No matter which part of the state you visit, whether inland, coastal, or near a big city, there is a beautiful forest waiting for you.
Take a look at a few of my favorite parks in the state and feel free to add a few suggestions of your own!
1. Blue Hills Reservation
Blue Hills Reservation, one of the biggest and best parks in the Boston area, is the #1 place for year-round recreation. Just 20 miles away from the city, Blue Hills is easy accessible to both locals and tourists. This is the place to escape the city without truly venturing that far away. Where else can you be so close to the city, yet so far away?
Over 125 miles of beautiful hiking trails will keep you occupied all spring, summer, and fall. If you are limited on time, be sure to check out the Skyline Loop, an amazing uphill trail which leads you to a scenic observation tower. Here, you are treated to fabulous views of the city and beautiful forests of New England. An excellent hike for photography! During the hike, you will also pass the Blue Hill Weather Observatory, which happens to be the oldest in the US!
During the spectacular fall season, be sure to take a scenic fall foliage chairlift ride at Blue Hills Ski Area. The colors are absolutely amazing! And, the views from the overlook are stunning! The winter season provides a fantastic opportunity to get out your skis and check out the trails. This is the closest skiing area to Boston and a great alternative to making the 3-4 hour trip to Vermont or New Hampshire.
2. Myles Standish State Forest
One of Massachusetts’ best state parks lies about an hour south of Boston in beautiful Plymouth county. This expansive 15,000 acre park offers a serene, idyllic setting. Myles Standish is one of the area’s largest parks, offering a diverse range of activities throughout the year.
Fall is the idea time to visit. This time of the year, the temps are absolutely perfect, the trees are alive with color, and scattered leaves cover the trails. That perfect New England fall feeling is in the air. The park’s many ponds provide a majestic setting for fall photography.
Within the park, you will find an extensive trail system. 15 miles of beautiful pine tree lined hiking and biking trails will help you relax at the same time as you are getting in a workout. The setting is quiet and reflective. Along the way, you will make your way across old pine forests as you wind around lakes and ponds.
Don’t rule out a winter visit. Myles Standish is one of the top spots in Southeast Massachusetts for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. The pines are beautiful when covered with snow. The icy lakes and ponds offer a quiet place to take photography. Although the weather will be brisk, the peacefulness of a wintertime stroll through one of the most scenic parks in the state just can’t be duplicated.