Because there’s no better way to take in the breathtaking beauty of New England’s nature than going hiking!
It’s safe to say Boston’s one of the best and most beautiful cities in the country, but our beloved Beantown is also surrounded by some absolutely stunning wilderness. From the more urban Emerald Necklace to the hilly paths of World’s End, explore the great outdoors at these ten gorgeous spots, perfect for hikers of all levels. Oh and don’t forget to bring your camera with you cause these gorgeous trails serve some equally gorgeous views! Check them out:
1. Battle Road Trail
If you’re a history buff with a penchant for hiking then we suggest trying out Battle Road Trail. The pathway follows the trail follows the route of the Minutemen as they moved from their first skirmish with the British troops, connecting multiple historic sites all the way from Concord to Lexington. The trail more than a hike is a relaxed walk but its perfect for learning some local history while enjoying some pretty stunning views!
2. Blue Hills Reservation
This natural park just 20 minutes outside of Boston offers more than 120 miles of trails for hikers of all levels. If you’re up for the challenge the six-mile Skyline Loop offers extensive boulder climbing and hiking uphill, but the views of Boston’s skyline that wait for you at the end are seriously stunning. Other trails at the Blue Hills Reservation will also take you through archeological sites including some with evidence of Native American tribes and other remnants of early farms and quarries.
3. Breakheart Reservation
This 640-mile reservation, unknown to many, loops around a wild section of the Saugus River, north of Boston. Counting with two lakes, Breakhearts trails are a popular destination for hikers during the warmer months. Its outcrops just over 200 feet in height also offer gorgeous views of Boston and southern New Hampshire.
4. Emerald Necklace
Not technically a hiking trail but still gorgeous nonetheless, and it’s right in the heart of Boston! Created more than 100 years ago, this path connects up to 1,000 acres worth of parks all the way from Boston Commons to Franklin Park. While you can walk the whole 7 miles in one go, you can also take it by stages and enjoy some of the many attractions you’ll find along the way such as our famous Swan boats, the Fenway Victory Gardens and the Arnold Arboretum.
5. Halibut Point State Park
Just off Rockport’s historic hotel, The Emerson Inn, you’ll Halibut Point’s 2.5 miles of gorgeous, rocky trails that will take you right down to the sea. Bird watchers will find this particular trail appealing since its rocky terrain covered in bayberry and shad provides an excellent habitat for small birds.
6. Mount Misery
Don’t let its name deter you, Mount Misery is actually quite hiker-friendly! Its trails make for an easy, relaxed walk or even a run. Plus, They’re also great for going on a walk with your furry friends!
7. Mount Monadnock
Mount Mondanock offers an absolutely stunning reward for those willing to work for it. Although shorter than most of the other hiking trails on our list, this trail requires some serious scrambling and some steep passages, but it also has some really stunning views of the New England wilderness once you make it to the summit!
8. Mount Wachusett
The tallest mountain near Boston, Mount Wachusett offers great views of the skyline, Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire and the Berkshires in west Mass on a clear day. At the 3,000-acre Wachusett Mountain State Reservation surrounding the summit, you’ll find 17 miles of walking and hiking trails perfect for all levels of experience.
8. Stony Brook Reservation
This small forest located in the city offers several different activities including fishing, canoeing, cross country skiing and of course hiking. Its 12 miles of trails are a perfect destination for those who don’t want to venture far out of Boston but still want to get lost in nature.
9. World’s End Reservation
Like Stony Brook, World’s End has an activity for everyone including biking, horseback riding or canoeing. Its winding trails, follow the shores of saltwater marshes across woodlands and meadows which play an important part as habitats for the local fauna and flora. Wander along its beautiful hills and enjoy gorgeous views of the Boston Harbor Islands and the city skyline.
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