To get the heart pumping among beautiful scenery, take your morning run to a trail immersed in nature. Trail running has grown in popularity over the past 10 years—and this is definitely true in Massachusetts. The following five trail running spots are perfect for putting your calf-muscles and endurance to the test. Check them out before the snow covers some of these spots until spring.
A 12-mile running trail awaits serious runners at Mt. Holyoke Range State Park. Park at the Notch Visitor’s Center, located on the eastern side of MA 116. The views are spectacular throughout the fall months.
There are trails in the beautiful Bradley Palmer State Park that are deemed perfect for running. It’s easy to locate these trails once you’re just inside the park’s entrance. Be sure to pack water!
Dubbed a “great running spot” by serious enthusiasts, Robinson State Park has routes that trail runners love. There are roughly 20 miles of trails shared by hikers, mountain bikers, walkers, and runners.
Within the Charles River Reservation lies the Charles River Loop. It’s a perfect spot for trail runners who can’t venture too far from the city limits. The views of the Charles River make this test of endurance even more enticing.
If you’re seeking a moderate but nonetheless spectacular trail run, check out the trails inside Groton Town Forest. There are 14 miles of easy-to-access trails in this forest.