Best Birding in Massachusetts

This list represents the most popular birding in Massachusetts. Use this list to plan your next Massachusetts birding trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Cape Cod Rail-Trail


Among the most scenic recreation trails in Massachusetts and a favorite with cyclists and day hikers, the Cape Cod Trail provides access to beaches, fresh water ponds, cranberry bogs and wild wetlands…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine"
Harwich, MA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running - 26 miles Best Trail in ma - Click to view allBestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#2. Wachusett Mountain State Reservation


A ridgeline ascent to the highest point in Massachusetts east of the Berkshires, this hike is located on a state reservation with over 17 miles of trails. The loop passes through a succession of matur…
From the guidebook "Hiking Massachusetts"
Princeton, MA - Birding, Hiking - 3.9 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Boxford State Forest


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,…
From the guidebook "Hiking Massachusetts"
Boxford, MA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 5.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary


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…
From the guidebook "Hiking Massachusetts"
Topsfield, MA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 2.9 miles
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#5. Midstate Trail Northbound - Day Seven


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.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Massachusetts"
Princeton, MA - Birding, Hiking, Mountain Biking - 11.2 miles
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#6. Midstate Trail Northbound - Day Six


Forested trails follow winding riverbanks as this section crosses MA 56 and MA 68 before ending the day at a bird sanctuary.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Massachusetts"
Hubbardston, MA - Birding, Hiking - 11.8 miles
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#7. Bradley Palmer State Park


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…
From the guidebook "Hiking Massachusetts"
Topsfield, MA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Snowshoeing - 2.5 miles
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#8. Midstate Trail Northbound - Day Three


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…
From the guidebook "Hiking Massachusetts"
Charlton, MA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 11.3 miles
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#9. Wheaton Farm Conservation Area


In addition to some good birding opportunities along the wooded edges of a large meadow and some good portions of the trail bed generously carpeted in pine needles, the two ponds on either side of the…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Boston"
Easton, MA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 1.5 miles
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#10. Noanet Woodlands


This 800-acre preserve offers a good mix of passive recreation like fishing in the mill pond for blue gills, summit views of the Boston skyline, and an historic ironwork site. This is all possible due…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Boston"
Dover, MA - Birding, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Snowshoeing - 2.6 miles
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#11. Alander Mountain Trail


Alander is one of the most scenic summits in the Berkshires. Throw in a roaring mountain brook and attractive mixed woodland alive with birds, and you have a real winner. Trail maps are available at…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires"
Mount Washington, MA - Birding, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#12. Back Bay Fens: Isabella’s Loop


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…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Boston"
Boston, MA - Birding, Hiking, Trail Running - 1.7 miles
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#13. Plum Island State Park: Sandy Point Loop


Walking along dunes and beach, you’ll have scenic ocean and marsh views throughout most of this route. Perhaps the most remarkable feature is that after driving 6 miles down a dirt and gravel road alo…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Boston"
Newburyport, MA - Birding, Fishing, Hiking - 2 miles
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#14. Crane Beach: Dune Loop


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…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Boston"
Ipswich, MA - Birding, Fishing, Hiking - 5.9 miles
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#15. Halibut Point Reservation


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…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Boston"
Rockport, MA - Birding, Hiking - 1.9 miles
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#16. Coolidge Reservation


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…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Boston"
Manchester by the Sea, MA - Birding, Fishing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 1.5 miles
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#17. World’s End Reservation


It’s easy to see why this area has been dubbed World’s End. Wide carriage roads wind high up through rolling meadows, providing ocean vistas and Boston skyline views. Fredrick Law Olmsted, designer of…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Boston"
Hingham, MA - Birding, Fishing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 2.5 miles
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#18. Ellisville Harbor State Park


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…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Boston"
Plymouth, MA - Birding, Hiking - 2 miles
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#19. Horseneck Beach


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…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Boston"
Westport, MA - Birding, Fishing, Hiking - 4.4 miles
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#20. Maudslay State Park


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…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Boston"
Newburyport, MA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 2.8 miles
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