Start Your Trek: 7 Unbeatable Hiking Retailers in Massachusetts

By Kimberly Ripley

Start Your Trek: 7 Unbeatable Hiking Retailers in Massachusetts

When you’re planning your next hike, it’s important to outfit yourself with the proper gear. From footwear, to water bottles, to breathable jackets, the top-notch hiking retailers of Massachusetts will only bring you the best. Find exactly what you’re looking for at these seven unbeatable hiking retailers in the Bay State. 

1. Berkshire Outfitters, Adams, MA

Whether your seeking new hiking shoes or a moisture wicking top or jacket, Berkshire Outfitters has everything you need for your hike. Featuring apparel by Sport Hill, and KAVU, they also carry Merrell and Salomon footwear.

2. REI, Multiple locations

REI stocks a variety of items that make hiking even more fun. Consider wearing a GPS watch while hiking, to ensure safe navigation. REI carries Garmin and Fitbit. They are also well-stocked with hiking backpacks by Osprey, and several others. 

3. Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS), Hadley and Marlborough, MA

If you use walking sticks—technically called trekking poles in the world of hardcore hiking—you’ll be happy to know Easter Mountain Sports (EMS) carries a nice selection. Check out poles by Black Diamond and Leki. Stay safe with a first aid kit by Adventure Medical.

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4. DICK's Sporting Goods, Multiple locations

Visit DICK's Sporting Goods for just about anything you could imagine needing or wanting for your hike. Check out their hiking and trail running shoes by Under Armour. Keep your feet dry and comfortable with socks by SmartWool. And stay hydrated with a lightweight hydration pack by Kelty.

5. Cabela’s, Berlin, MA

When you’re on the trail and the sky opens up, you don’t want to spend the rest of the day drenched. That’s where good raingear comes into play. Cabela’s stocks rainwear from Columbia and other great brands. Check out their moisture wicking clothing—perfect for hiking—by Simms other companies.  

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6. L.L. Bean, Multiple locations

Like its flagship store in Maine, L.L. Bean in Burlington carries everything necessary for a fun, safe hike. There are also several other places to buy L.L. Bean products throughout Massachusetts. They feature handy tools by Leatherman, trekking poles by Leki, as well as their own L.L. Bean brand of packs, flashlights and food and beverage containers.

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7. Natick Outdoor Store, Natick, MA

The Natick Outdoor Store will help you hit the hiking trail in no time. Pick up a lightweight daypack by Deuter. Your shoulders will thank you. Shade your eyes and protect your head from the sun—yes, even in the colder months—with a hat by Under Armour. The employees here will even offer free tips about hiking local trails.

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