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.

  • #1 Cape Cod Rail Trail

    12 Reviews

    Nickerson State Park, MA

    Cape Cod Rail Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. It is within Cape Cod Rail Trail and Nickerson State Park. It is 16.6 miles long and begins at 113 feet altitude. ...
    •  16.6 miles

    Cape Cod Rail Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. It is within Cape Cod Rail Trail and ...

  • #2 Wachusett Mountain State Reservation

    2 Reviews

    Princeton, MA

    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 ...
    •  3 hours
    •  3.9 miles
    •  Guide

    A ridgeline ascent to the highest point in Massachusetts east of the Berkshires, this hike is located on a state reservation ...

  • #3 Alander Mountain Trail

    8 Reviews

    Mount Washington, MA

    Alander Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Mount Washington, Massachusetts. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 1,651 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.3 miles with a total elevation ...
    •  2.6 miles

    Alander Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Mount Washington, Massachusetts. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 1,651 feet ...

  • #4 Boxford State Forest

    1 Reviews

    Boxford, MA

    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, ...
    •  About 2 hours
    •  5.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This walk through the woods doesn’t offer steep climbs or expansive views, but for its proximity to civilization, Boxford ...

  • #5 Bradley Palmer State Park

    0 Reviews

    Topsfield, MA

    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 ...
    •  1.5-2 hours
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This loop follows the Ipswich River as it cuts between Bradley Palmer State Park and the adjacent Willowdale State Forest. ...

  • #6 Weir Hill Trail

    2 Reviews

    North Andover, MA

    Weir Hill Trail is a hiking and biking trail in North Andover, Massachusetts. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 165 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.6 miles with a total elevation ...
    •  0.9 miles

    Weir Hill Trail is a hiking and biking trail in North Andover, Massachusetts. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 165 feet ...

  • #7 Ipswich River Trail

    3 Reviews

    Topsfield, MA

    Ipswich River Trail is a hiking trail in Topsfield, Massachusetts. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 105 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.9 miles with a total elevation gain of ...
    •  0.5 miles

    Ipswich River Trail is a hiking trail in Topsfield, Massachusetts. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 105 feet altitude. ...

  • #8 Destruction Brook Woods Preserve

    1 Reviews

    Dartmouth, MA

    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 ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  3.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Located near historic Russell Mills in Dartmouth, this preserve once contained an active farmstead and millworks. Although ...

  • #9 Midstate Trail

    1 Reviews

    Savage Hill Wildlife Management Area, MA

    Midstate Trail is a hiking trail in Worcester County, Massachusetts. It is within Savage Hill Wildlife Management Area. It is 8.5 miles long and begins at 840 feet altitude. Traveling the entire ...
    •  8.5 miles

    Midstate Trail is a hiking trail in Worcester County, Massachusetts. It is within Savage Hill Wildlife Management Area. It ...

  • #10 Midstate Trail

    1 Reviews

    Redemption Rock, MA

    Midstate Trail is a hiking trail in Worcester County, Massachusetts. It is within Wachusett Mountain State Reservation, Redemption Rock, and Leominster State Forest. It is 5.0 miles long and ...
    •  5.0 miles

    Midstate Trail is a hiking trail in Worcester County, Massachusetts. It is within Wachusett Mountain State Reservation, Redemption ...

  • #11 Mount Misery Loop

    0 Reviews

    Lincoln, MA

    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 ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  1.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Part of the Town of Lincoln’s Conservation Land right off Route 117, this trail connects with Walden Pond. It was also a ...

  • #12 Wheaton Farm Conservation Area

    0 Reviews

    Easton, MA

    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 ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    In addition to some good birding opportunities along the wooded edges of a large meadow and some good portions of the trail ...

  • #13 Crane Beach: Dune Loop

    0 Reviews

    Ipswich, MA

    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 ...
    •  3 hours
    •  5.9 miles
    •  Guide

    Traverse wide-open sandy beaches alongside the surf to the deep sands of Crane Beach’s highest inner dunes. If you can break ...

  • #14 Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park

    0 Reviews

    Northbridge, MA

    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 ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  4.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Featuring mostly flat walking except for the Goat Hill portion, this route takes you up close to remnants and faint imprints ...

  • #15 Horseneck Beach

    0 Reviews

    Westport, MA

    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 ...
    •  2 hours
    •  4.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Overlooking the wide-open, blue Atlantic Ocean waters on Buzzards Bay, Horseneck Beach not only offers miles of expansive ...

  • #16 Coolidge Reservation

    0 Reviews

    Manchester by the Sea, MA

    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, ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Get up close and personal with the North Shore’s ocean front at this route’s two farthest extremities. On one end you’ll ...

  • #17 Wachusett Reservoir

    0 Reviews

    Boylston, MA

    This loop takes you through some massive pine groves and skirts the shores of the Wachusett Reservoir’s equally expansive waters. Approximately 0.5 mile on this route has you hiking right at ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  1.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This loop takes you through some massive pine groves and skirts the shores of the Wachusett Reservoir’s equally expansive ...

  • #18 Skug River Loop

    0 Reviews

    Andover, MA

    This hike will take you over and around the Skug River , which is named after a phonetic spelling of the Nipmuc word for "skunk." Passing over and close by long stretches of marsh, this loop ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike will take you over and around the Skug River , which is named after a phonetic spelling of the Nipmuc word for ...

  • #19 Ellisville Harbor State Park

    0 Reviews

    Plymouth, MA

    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 ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    An ocean ramble at the southern end of Plymouth overlooking Cape Cod Bay, this park spans 101 acres of meadow, salt marsh, ...

  • #20 Sandy Pond Loop

    0 Reviews

    Lincoln, MA

    While this trail may not be surrounded by stately pine groves or possess historic intrigue, it’s a lesser-traveled route that is more about getting away from it all withfar fewer human encounters ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3.4 miles
    •  Guide

    While this trail may not be surrounded by stately pine groves or possess historic intrigue, it’s a lesser-traveled route ...