No matter the season, Massachusetts affords some of the most breathtaking views for its hikers. Whether you’re planning to hike for an hour or the entire day, there are beautiful spots in the Bay State calling your name. From picturesque state parks to immaculate wildlife sanctuaries, here are five beautiful hikes in Massachusetts.
The trails at Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary take hikers through the woods and around ponds. If the plants and trees weren’t scenic enough, the likelihood of catching glimpses of countless stunning bird species makes it a nature lover’s dream. Most of the trails here are accessible to those with disabilities. Wooded boardwalks line some trails. Brailed text markers and tactile maps assist the blind.
For abundantly scenic three-season hiking, Lynn Woods Reservation is the place to go. Boasting 2,200 acres, hikers will see the stunning natural watershed and can explore a cave along one of the trails. A stone tower on the reservation is open for visitors from May through November. Wildlife abounds with frequent deer and fox sightings. Hiking here is perfect for beginners of all ages. It’s not a difficult hike, but it’s definitely a beautiful one.
Thirty miles of trails grace Bash Bish State Park. Intermediate hikers will want the trail that takes them to Bash Bish Falls—the highest single drop waterfall in the state of Massachusetts. Those not up for the incline can hike around Guilder Pond. Advanced hikers can go all the way to the top of Mount Everett and admire the amazing view. It spans three New England states.
The heavily wooded trails at Massasoit State Park are especially popular with hikers in the fall, when the greenery turns to brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows. Trails wind through the woods, up hills and back down to a cranberry bog—which is also especially striking in the fall. Mountain bikers access some of the hiking trails, but are told it is their responsibility to watch out for hikers.
Ten miles of marked hiking trails make Hopkinton State Park the perfect place for scenic family hikes. The Hopkinton Reservoir is just one of the beautiful sights—no matter the season. Arrive early during weekends in the summer as parking fills up fast. Bring your bathing suit or canoe and enjoy the water following your hike.