Best Hikes Near Boston  by Steve Mirsky

Best Hikes Near Boston Guide Book

by Steve Mirsky (Falcon Guides)
Best Hikes Near Boston  by Steve Mirsky
Each hike features full-color photos and a detailed trail map; a brief route description; thorough directions to the trailhead (with GPS coordinates); and at-a-glance information on distance and difficulty level, hiking time, canine compatibility, and fees and permits. This guide also includes a Trail Finder that categorizes each hike for such attractions as lakes or views and if it’s suitable for families with kids; Green Tips; and information about local lore, points of interest, and the area’s wildlife.

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Trails from the "Best Hikes Near Boston" Guide Book
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Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 40.

The name “Grass Rides” stems from this property’s original function hosting carriage roads. The word “ride” comes from Europe to designate a path made for horseback riding. Horse-drawn carriages raced ...
Hamilton, MA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 3.4
What once was the mansion of Isabella Stewart, a wealthy Boston arts patron who at the turn of the twentieth century accumulated a massive collection of classical art from around the world, is now a m ...
Boston, MA - Birding,Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 1.7
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Featuring mostly flat walking except for the Goat Hill portion, this route takes you up close to remnants and faint imprints of the Blackstone Canal and River. There are plenty of bird-watching and fi ...
Northbridge, MA - Birding,Fishing,Hiking,Mountain Biking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 4.8
This green-blazed loop encircles the Great Blue Hill section of Blue Hills Reservation lands. Often covering the lesser-traveled stretches, you’ll also experience a spur along the Skyline Trail scramb ...
Canton, MA - Fishing,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 3.2
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Another hike within the vast Blue Hills Reservation land, this is a route of interesting extremes. On one end of Ponkapoag Pond is an Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) encampment, while on the opposite ...
Canton, MA - Fishing,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 4.4
This route encompasses a diverse mix of recreational uses. You can whiz along this route on a bike, play a competitive game of disc golf in a tournament, head down one of the many side trails in woode ...
North Easton, MA - Hiking,Mountain Biking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 3.1
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An Audubon Society property, the Broadmoor Reservation lives up to its reputation as a birding sanctuary. As soon as you walk up to the Nature Center, meadows surround the pathway teeming with bluebir ...
Natick, MA - Birding,Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 3
Being a coastal city, you would think that the ocean would figure more prominently as a natural feature in Boston than a river could ever do. Then again, the Charles isn’t just any river. Once a corri ...
Boston, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.6
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Get up close and personal with the North Shore’s ocean front at this route’s two farthest extremities. On one end you’ll have an opportunity to stroll along a seawall and have a wide-open meadow, Ocea ...
Manchester by the Sea, MA - Birding,Fishing,Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 1.5
Traverse wide-open sandy beaches alongside the surf to the deep sands of Crane Beach’s highest inner dunes. If you can break away from your beach chair and the surf long enough to explore, you’ll be r ...
Ipswich, MA - Birding,Fishing,Hiking - Trail Length: 5.9
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Located near historic Russell Mills in Dartmouth, this preserve once contained an active farmstead and millworks. Although enveloped in the deep woods, remnants of long-ago human habitation are clearl ...
Dartmouth, MA - Birding,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 3.7
An ocean ramble at the southern end of Plymouth overlooking Cape Cod Bay, this park spans 101 acres of meadow, salt marsh, woodlands, and wide-open beachhead. One of the most scenic overlooks can actu ...
Plymouth, MA - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 2
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While hiking this extensive loop on wooded access roads, you’ll pass a large quarry with cliff views from atop. The route crosses Rattlesnake Brook, part of the Taunton watershed, twice along this rou ...
Assonet, MA - Birding,Fishing,Hiking,Mountain Biking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 3
At first glance, Halibut Point appears to have always been an out-of-the-way nature preserve on a point jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean. Dig deeper into history, and you’ll learn this secluded str ...
Rockport, MA - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 1.9
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Overlooking the wide-open, blue Atlantic Ocean waters on Buzzards Bay, Horseneck Beach not only offers miles of expansive strolling and cool breezes but also plenty of opportunities for swimming and f ...
Westport, MA - Birding,Fishing,Hiking - Trail Length: 4.4
Ensconced within the protected lands of the Ipswich Audubon Society, many landscape variations intrigue the senses. This route covers a rockery built in 1905 filled with narrow passages and caves made ...
Topsfield, MA - Birding,Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 2.7
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Considered to be the second largest municipal park in the United States, Lynn Woods Reservation, a 2,200-acre forest park, was founded in 1881 and offers over 30 miles of scenic trails to explore. Eve ...
Lynn, MA - Birding,Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 3.4
Right outside the seafaring town of Newburyport, Maudslay State Park encompasses a vast stretch of forest and rolling meadows high above the Merrimack River that has served as mansion grounds since th ...
Newburyport, MA - Birding,Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking,Snowshoeing,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2.8
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This route covers the more wooded section of the Battle Road Trail as well as many key historic landmarks along this route taken by minutemen battling the redcoats from Lexington to Concord. At diff ...
Concord, MA - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 3.9
Part of the Town of Lincoln’s Conservation Land right off Route 117, this trail connects with Walden Pond. It was also a familiar stomping ground for Henry David Thoreau. Contrary to its severe name, ...
Lincoln, MA - Birding,Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 1.6
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