Yiqing Shao

Yiqing Shao

Digital Editor

Yiqing Shao has been an editor at Boston magazine since 2012. She double majored in journalism and English at Michigan State University and has a master's degree in publishing from Emerson College. Trained in both editing and design, it's hard to say whether Yiqing cares more about proper hyphenation or aligning to the baseline. She's pro-Helvetica and speaks Mandarin and Spanish.

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Nelson Pond Trail, Norman Bird Sanctuary, Middletown, RI

This 1.4-mile stroll within the Norman Bird Sanctuary is situated on an important bird migration route and attracts a diverse range of species, including swallows and warblers. Guided bird tours are offered every other Sunday. Level: Easy | Distance from Boston: 70…

Great Swamp Management Area, West Kingston, RI

This flat, 5-mile trail is inhabited by diverse wildlife such as the prothonotary warbler, a unique yellow-and-gray bird. At 3,350 acres, it’s the largest swamp in New England. Level: Easy | Distance from Boston: 78 miles West Kingston, RI, 401-789-0281, website.  Trails for…

Breakheart Loop, Exeter, RI

Breakheart Loop is a wide, 6.3-mile trail that wraps around Breakheart Pond. Level: Easy | Distance from Boston: 80 miles Exeter, RI, 401-539-2356, website.  Good for youngsters  Dogs welcome  Trails for two-wheelers

Mount Norwottuck and Horse Caves Trail, Mount Holyoke State Park, Amherst, MA

This 3.2-mile stretch of the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail leads to the top of 1,106-foot Mount Norwottuck. On the way back, pass by the Horse Caves (more like ledges than caverns) and continue on to the Robert Frost Trail. Level: Advanced | Distance…

West Ridge Trail, Mount Cardigan, Orange, NH

This is the most direct route up 3,121-foot Mount Cardigan, a treeless area offering unobstructed views of Mount Monadnock, the White Mountains, Maine’s Pleasant Mountain, and Camel’s Hump, in Vermont. Level: Moderate | Distance from Boston: 120 miles Orange, NH,…

Mattabesett Trail, Mattatuck State Forest, Middletown, CT

Along the 215-mile New England Trail that runs through Connecticut and Massachusetts, catch the 5-mile section of the Mattabesett between Route 77 and Route 17 to reach Bluff Head, a promontory from which you can see Long Island Sound and…

Mattatuck Trail, Mattatuck State Forest, Thomaston, CT

The Mattatuck Trail runs 36 miles through the 4,510-acre Mattatuck State Forest, passing a rock formation known as the Leatherman Cave along the way. Level: Moderate | Distance from Boston: 138 miles Thomaston, CT, 860-567-5694, website.  Trails for two-wheelers

Main Loop, Mine Hill Preserve, Roxbury, CT

This 3.5-mile looping trail through Mine Hill Preserve passes abandoned mine tunnels, airshafts, and old quarries. Level: Advanced | Distance from Boston: 149 miles Roxbury, CT, 860-350-4148, website.  Instagram-worthy views

Gifford Woods State Park, Killington, VT

Two major routes—the Appalachian Trail and Long Trail—meet in this park, which also offers the popular one-mile Kent Brook trail and the 0.3-mile Interpretive Trail, featuring interactive exhibits. Level: Moderate to Advanced | Distance from Boston: 173 miles Killington, VT, 802-775-5354, website….

Camel’s Hump State Park, Waterbury, VT

At 18.7 miles, the Long Trail is recommended for experience hikers. For more-accessible Green Mountain views, try the Camel’s Hump View Trail (0.8 miles) up to Vermont’s third-highest peak. Level: Advanced | Distance from Boston: 200 miles Waterbury, VT, 802-879-6565,…