Hiking is a favorite pastime in Massachusetts—especially for families. The cost-effective outdoor adventure encourages good health and an appreciation for the great outdoors. These five hiking trails in the Bay State are family friendly, offering excellent spots to enjoy nature through all four New England seasons.
If your kids are young or your family isn’t experienced at hiking, the trails at the Cape Cod National Seashore are perfect for you. The 12 easy trails are open year-round and span from Provincetown to Eastham and Wellfleet. A visit to the website will put trail guides at your fingertips if you have a printer.
Located on land that was once used by Native Americans for sacred rituals, Great Brook Farm State Park is now a favorite spot for hiking. The Acorn Trail winds through the woods, through a field and up a slight hill. Holsteins are seen from the hill, grazing in the field, and ice cream from their milk is sold at an ice cream stand that is the perfect way to end your hike.
If you enjoy a healthy dose of history along with your hike, then Minute Man National Historical Park is the perfect place for you and your family to get outside for an active adventure. Hike through the scenic park to the North Bridge and you’ll be at the very place where the first Revolutionary War battle was waged.
Middlesex Fells Reservation spans part of Medford, Malden, Melrose, Winchester, and Stoneham, and is comprised of 2,200 acres. Part of the acreage includes hundreds of miles of easy hiking trails circling Bellevue Pond. Hike from the pond to Wright’s Tower, and take in scenic views of Boston Basin. Pack a lunch, as a family can easily spend the day hiking and enjoying the views.
Featuring 17 miles of pristine hiking trails, Noanet Woodlands is perfect for hikers of many levels. Caryl Trail is the perfect one for hiking with small children. Hiking up to Noanet Peak is best for more experienced hikers, and affords gorgeous views of the Boston skyline.