Everyone knows getting fresh air, sunshine, and exercise are all good for you. But, while hardcore outdoors enthusiasts may take to the mountains, city dwellers can get their outdoor fix without going far. Boston has many hiking options for your recreational needs.
This state park has numerous trails that range from easy to challenging. Through dense forests, these trails are perfect for hiking and mountain biking. Enjoy the seven hills within the park that have views of New Hampshire and central Massachusetts. Additionally, follow the trails along the Saugus River, which cuts through the park.
At only 250 acres, this relatively small but lush nature preserve is just 15 miles outside of Boston. This preserve overlooks Hingham Harbor with 4.5 miles of trails rated easy to moderate in difficulty waiting to be explored. Enjoy hiking along the hills and shoreline past marshes. Make sure to bring your binoculars to catch glimpses of the birds who live in this forested area.
Battle Road Trail
This easy trail is perfect for those wanting to know more about the history of Boston. A five-mile, level path connects the historical sites of Meriam’s Corner in Concord to the eastern boundary of Minute Man National Historic Park in Lexington. Follows the Minutemen route to the battle at Concord Bridge, where the British were prevented from seizing the Colonists’ weapons. Along the trail, there are informative markers and a presentation at the visitor center to provide visitors with more information.
Blue Hills Reservation
Sitting only a few minutes from Boston is a 7,000-acre reservation with 125 miles of impressive hiking trails. Venture to the top of Great Blue Hill and treat yourself to the view of the skyline. In winter, this area can be enjoyed by low-key skiers.
Middlesex Fells Reservation
In the suburb of Stoneham, sitting just north of Boston is a 2,500-acre state park. This reservation features more than 100 miles of trails for all levels. The most popular and most difficult is the Skyline Trail. On this trail, visitors will enjoy seven miles of challenging terrain that passes over hills, through wooded forests, and around breathtaking lakes. For the gorgeous views, make sure to climb the observation tower!
Wachusett Mountain State Reservation
In winter, Wachusett Mountain is a popular skiing destination. However, this mountain is perfect for hiking when not covered in snow, as it is surrounded by old-growth forests, ponds, streams, and a raised bog. With 17 miles of trails to explore, the most popular being the 2.6-mile-long Harrington Trail. On a clear day, you can see the Boston skyline and New Hampshire’s Mt. Monadnock at the peak.
Hopkinton State Park
Hopkinton State Park is the perfect place for many outdoor activities. Containing several trails running through 1,500 acres of forest, there are paths for hikers of all levels and even some for horseback riders. Then, during the hot summer months, cool off in the reservoir.
Wandering these hills’ trails will give you sights of native wildlife, including birds, deer, and squirrels. Enjoy views of the Sudbury River and Fairhaven Bay from the top.
No matter your fitness level or time to spare, all Bostonians and visitors can experience the fresh air and the great outdoors, complete with gorgeous sites, wildlife, and maybe some history thrown in!