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Tripleblaze.com Announces the Top 10 Hiking Trails in Massachusetts
Massachusetts has more than just Boston to boast about – beautiful trails scale mountains and cross valleys in this gorgeous state.
Although a handful of these trails do skirt the boundaries of Boston, this list provides a well-balanced look at the state of Massachusetts with trails spread across the state. Beautiful, heavily wooded parks are the highlight of this list with 7 trails nestled deep into the forests. Greenbriar Hodges Dam, coming in at number 1, offers plenty of trails that wind throughout the woods, and provide views of the dam. The Belmont Conservation, located close to Boston, also provides visitors with a relaxing atmosphere in the woods, but also offers a great workout with its short, yet steep, hills.
These trails also highlight mountaintop views, gorgeous waterfalls, rail trails, and ancient shelters. Mt. Greylock State Preservation gives access to the highest elevation point in Massachusetts and some of the most beautiful views around. Royalston Falls boasts its own attraction with a fairly short hike to the cascading falls that the trail is named for. Nickerson State Park, located extremely close to Cape Cod, actually connects with the 22mile Cape Cod Rail Trail and provides views of the vast Atlantic Ocean. Showcasing a cave-like shelter, a small cabin, and Carters Pond, the Rock House Reservation has a lot to offer visitors as well.
"Massachusetts is a state with rich history and deep forests," comments Tripleblaze writer, Kelley Spurlock. "This top 10 list really shows what the state has to offer outside of the Boston city limits."
Many of these parks and trails are also open to additional recreation opportunities – bring your bike, your horse, or your kayak and you'll be sure to find plenty to do.
Greenbriar Hodges Dam – Oxford, MA
Leominster State Forest – Princeton, MA
Great Esker Park – Weymouth, MA
Mt. Greylock State Preservation – Lanesborough, MA
Lynn Woods Reservation – Lynn, MA
Royalston Falls – Royalston, MA
Middlesex Fells Reservation – Winchester, MA
Belmont Conservation – Belmont, MA
Nickerson State Park – Brewster, MA
Rock House Reservation – West Brookfield, MA
Tripleblaze.com features a directory of thousands of hiking trails in all 50 US states including detailed descriptions and maps of The Appalachian, Continental Divide, and Pacific Crest Trails. In addition to writing reviews, hikers can share photos and videos of the places they've hiked via Tripleblaze.com and the free Tripleblaze iPhone and Android apps.