Hiking Massachusetts  by Benjamin B. Ames

Hiking Massachusetts Guide Book

by Benjamin B. Ames (Falcon Guides)
Hiking Massachusetts  by Benjamin B. Ames
Massachusetts has a hike for every season and a trail for every hiker. This guide helps you pick your goal and choose the perfect place. Whether you want to explore a new corner of the Bay State or visit your favorite mountain lake, you will find detailed directions in each chapter. Few states can boast such a variety of terrain, with steep ascents to rocky ridgelines, bare peaks with stirring views, quiet forest trails to tranquil ponds, and open meadows filled with flowers. This second edition features scores of updates and improvements, with new color photos, driving directions, detailed routes, and GPS coordinates for every hike.

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Trails from the "Hiking Massachusetts" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 39.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 39.

Start at a sea-level pond and bog and, in just 0.5 mile, climb nearly 500 feet to Tucker Hill, passing through three separate ecosystems. Follow the high ridge along the much-loved Skyline Trail to Bu ...
Milton, MA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3.8
This wet, sandy land is a typical southeastern Massachusetts ecosystem, with the acidic soil beloved by cranberry bogs and cedar swamps. The park’s many ponds were formed by damming its streams, first ...
Sharon, MA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 4
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This walk through the woods doesn’t offer steep climbs or expansive views, but for its proximity to civilization, Boxford State Forest offers quiet trails and glassy ponds, with signs of beaver, deer, ...
Boxford, MA - Birding,Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 5.2
This loop follows the Ipswich River as it cuts between Bradley Palmer State Park and the adjacent Willowdale State Forest. Together they offer 721 acres and over 20 miles of trails. For a small samp ...
Topsfield, MA - Birding,Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 2.5
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This loop begins and ends along the water in the Swift River valley. Following well-marked numbered intersections throughout the hike, you climb into the Harvard Forest with its tall white pine and h ...
Petersham, MA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 3.8
The Westfield River begins as three streams draining the eastern slope of the Berkshire Hills, and then flows into the Connecticut River at Agawam. State highways and railroads run parallel along its ...
Chester, MA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7.1
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This 4,640-acre forest sits at the corner of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Far from being just a flat, sandy floodplain, the land includes the cedar swamp and basin marsh ecosystems, a ...
Webster, MA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3.8
This sprawling, flat, sandy park is a typical Massachusetts coastal forest, filled with deer, pheasants, and freshwater fish, and surrounded by nearby cranberry farms. The hike offers a tour of th ...
Fall River, MA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.6
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At 2,800 acres this is Massachusetts Audubon’s largest sanctuary, covering woods, meadows, and wetlands, including the Great Wenham Swamp, the largest freshwater wetland on the north shore. This loo ...
Topsfield, MA - Birding,Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 2.9
Located on the northern edge of Massachusetts’s coastal sand plain, this park marks a transition from the more thickly forested hills of northeastern Massachusetts to the flat, sandy lands of Cape Co ...
Middleboro, MA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3.4
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This flat loop around a 480-acre park begins with a visit to the ruins of a historic mansion, with commanding views of the Merrimack River and stunning summer flower blooms. The path then traces the ...
Newburyport, MA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 3.9
Narrow dirt paths give way to steep, rocky trails as this section climbs from a bird sanctuary to Mount Wachusett and the Crow Hill Ledges before finishing the day 11.2 miles later at MA 2.
Princeton, MA - Birding,Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 11.2
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Forested trails follow winding riverbanks as this section crosses MA 56 and MA 68 before ending the day at a bird sanctuary.
Hubbardston, MA - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 11.8
The region is full of swamps and streams, all draining toward Quabbin Reservoir just to the west. This trail section crosses the Mass Pike before passing quieter spots including an orchard, a pond, an ...
Charlton, MA - Birding,Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 11.3
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This quiet section crosses open cattle pastures and hay fields, then wooded conservation land and logging roads before ending at MA 12. This stretch of the Midstate Trail begins and ends on busy roads ...
Fitchburg, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8
Wind past low-lying ponds and marshlands and pass through a state forest and a state park as you reach the halfway point of this long-distance trail before finishing at a flood control dam.
Worcester, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 11.5
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This marshy land is dotted with glacial features like moraines and erratics, as the trail provides expansive views over large reservoirs and solitary hilltops.
Spencer, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.6
This final section hits a series of peaks, rolling over Mount Hunger and Fisher Hill before it crosses MA 119 and finally ascends rocky Mount Watatic.
Ashburnham, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.8
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Cedar and hemlock trees fill this swampy, sandy land, which drains through many streams into nearby ponds and reservoirs. The trail follows wide, flat paths as it crosses MA 16 and ends at the village ...
Webster, MA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7.8
Pass by corn fields, river basins, and a flood control dam on flat trails before switching to a section of paved roads and finishing at a tunnel crossing under US 20.
Webster, MA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 10.6
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