3 beautiful hikes at Massachusetts State Parks

New England Journey

Lace up and prepare to discover these hikes really useful by DCR.

Skyline Trail
The view of Boston from the Skyline Loop Path within the Blue Hills Reservation. Ryan Hutton

Mountaineering trails in Massachusetts State Parks are stuffed with historical past, magnificence, and wildlife, however with so many choices, it may be arduous to decide on your subsequent path.

We requested the Division of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) to suggest three nice trails this season.

The Skyline Loop Path within the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton is nicely value touring, in accordance with DCR officers.

The two.64-mile loop is “vigorous however stunning,” in accordance with DCR, and offers hikers a style of the longer, nine-mile Skyline Path. The loop takes hikers over 5 hills, together with Hancock Hill, which was as soon as the farm of John Hancock of Declaration of Independence fame and the primary unbiased governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

“When you attain the summit of Nice Blue Hill, make sure to go contained in the statement tower, constructed by the Civilian Corp of Engineers through the Nice Melancholy, and look out over Boston and the Harbor Islands,” DCR suggested.

Behind the tower, hikers will spy the oldest oldest repeatedly used climate station in North America, famous DCR.

After we requested Boston.com readers to share the paths they found and cherished most through the pandemic, the Skyline Loop Path was on the prime of the record.

DCR recommends hikers deliver sturdy footwear and loads of water because of the elevation.

Cedar Swamp Path in Douglas State Forest in Douglas

Hikers can enter “the mysterious world of an Atlantic white-cedar swamp” on this .5 mile hike, in accordance with DCR officers.

As hikers stroll, the atmosphere adjustments from a typical New England combined hardwood forest right into a cedar swamp, defined DCR, as Atlantic white cedar and hemlock timber change oak, maple, birch, beech, and ash.

“The thick development of those evergreens permits little mild to succeed in the forest flooring,” in accordance with DCR. “Preserve an eye fixed out for the distinctive foliage native to the swamp like sphagnum or ‘peat’ moss, skunk cabbage and cinnamon ferns, in addition to the wildlife that calls the swamp house.”

The path is pretty straightforward, however has a few steep and rocky sections and is slender in locations, DCR famous. 

Robert Frost Path in Mount Holyoke Vary State Park in Amherst

Followers of Robert Frost can expertise nature by means of the author’s eyes on this 4-mile hike that honors the enduring poet’s Massachusetts connection.

Frost spent a part of his life in Massachusetts, instructing English at close by Amherst School.

“Take within the magnificence past mountaineering to a peak; you don’t want a scenic view to seek out magnificence in nature,” in accordance with DCR. “Respect what’s throughout you, what you might have right here and now.”

Hikers can search for a hidden pool and a fork within the street whereas exploring the interpretive path, DCR famous, which is a straightforward to average hike.

Blue Hills Reservation in Milton
“It has every part: An amazing path alongside a river, miles of flat, vast trails, in addition to miles of steep slender trails. Irrespective of your temper, yow will discover a piece with trails to hike, from the favored, and crowded, Skyline Path, to small trails that solely these of us ‘Path Tracing‘ ever go to. Plus there are lots of fascinating historic websites inside the Blue Hills, from archeological dig websites, to previous home websites to trails laid out by the native People.” — Bob V. from Easton

Blue Hills Reservation Skyline Path
“I really like this hike. Though not very excessive, it has some nice views from the summits. It’s additionally surprisingly rugged, with some (straightforward) scrambling and plenty of ups and downs — virtually 4,000 ft of ascent for those who do the entire path out and again. Being so near Boston, it’s a fantastic place to coach if you’re planning a mountain journey.” — Charles J. of Harmony

Borderland State Park in North Easton
“There are such a lot of scenic hikes across the state, however for me Borderland is particular as a result of I grew up just some miles down the road. We’d go to fairly usually, all 4 seasons: mountaineering and biking within the spring-summer-fall, then sledding, cross-country snowboarding, and ice-skating within the winter. I ran my first cross-country foot race there (age 10) and my final Hockomock League Championship race at age 17. It holds so many vivid reminiscences and landscapes for me. It’s the place I first turned cognizant of all of the tree kinds of japanese Massachusetts. I even constructed a Lego duplicate of the Ames household mansion once I was in seventh grade. A few of my earliest map obsessions developed from finding out the park and exploring each e-book and cranny. There’s simply one thing Secret Backyard-y, otherworldly about Borderland. I’ve traveled, climbed, and mountain bikes in rather more spectacular, unique locations in my lifetime, however Borderland all the time seems like house. That, and having the ability to choose up a contemporary, sizzling, Greek-style pizza at Cousin’s just some miles down the street, makes for a finest day ever.” — Derek H. from Austin, Texas and native of Mansfield

Mount Greylock State Reservation in Lanesborough
“With the brand new development of a customer’s middle on the base of the mountain and path enhancements, mountaineering the tallest peak in Massachusetts has by no means been simpler! Development on mini cabins is predicted within the close to future!” — Fred from Adams

Mount Greylock by way of Hopper Path in Williamstown
“Subdued environment, no trace of tourism, the State didn’t overdo the summit roads. It’s again woods, surrounded by farmland. Clear air, little noise, and never crowded.” — Edward T. from Worcester