5 Stunning Foliage Hikes in Massachusetts

By Kimberly Ripley

5 Stunning Foliage Hikes in Massachusetts

There’s nothing like fall foliage in New England. Massachusetts is ablaze in brilliant reds and rich oranges and yellows throughout the colorful season. These five hikes will put visitors in the thick of the stunning foliage. 

1. Skyline Trail at Middlesex Fells Reservation

A seven-mile hike that’s a bit on the challenging side, Middlesex Fells Reservation’s Skyline Trail is awash in color during foliage season. The wooded landscape is truly at its finest this time of year. The real reward once hikers reach the top of the trail, however, is the view of the Boston skyline. Flanked by trees in its foreground, the colors—combined with the city view—is a photographer’s dream.

2. Race Brook Falls, Sheffield, MA

Fall foliage paints an artful scene as hikers make their way to Race Brook Falls. Five stunning waterfalls are interspersed among the six miles of trails. The views from Taconic Ridge are proof of nature’s brilliant palette. The hike is moderate in difficulty.

3. Mount Greylock State Reservation

Perfect for intermediate to advanced hikers, the trails at Mount Greylock State Reservation afford gorgeous views during peak foliage. This is an all-day hike, so pack accordingly. Some of the natural attractions along the way are equally as stunning, including the only natural bridge in New England.

4. Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center & Wildlife Sanctuary

A perfect hike for all abilities and ages, Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center & Wildlife Sanctuary is replete with bright red oak trees and the brilliant golden leaves of sassafras, hickory and poplar trees. The trail takes hikers through a wetland meadow that is bordered by the forest’s colors.

5. Noanet Woodlands

Perfect for beginner hikers, even those with significant hiking experience will love the wide trails and the beautiful foliage views at Noanet Woodlands. The 17-mile trail system leads through the woods and takes hikers past an old abandoned mill and some ponds. A distant view of Boston is quite pretty on clear days.

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