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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Chasm Loop Trail, Purgatory Chasm State Reservation, Sutton, MA

Admire five rock formations: Devil’s Coffin, Fat Man’s Misery, Devil’s Corncrib, Devil’s Pulpit, and Lover’s Leap—a chasm surrounded by granite walls as high as 70 feet—along this half-mile trek. Level: Moderate | Distance from Boston: 49 miles Sutton, MA, 508-234-3733, website….

Easthead Loop, Myles Standish State Forest, Carver, MA

This easy 2.5-mile path within the Myles Standish State Forest circles around the East Head Reservoir and features lush vegetation. Level: Easy | Distance from Boston: 55 miles Carver, MA, 508-866-2526, website.  Trails for two-wheelers

Colt State Park, Bristol, RI

Four miles of flat, paved bike trails loop around a park equipped with picnic tables and playing fields, then opens to views of Narragansett Bay. Level: Easy | Distance from Boston: 67 miles Bristol, RI, 401-253-7482, website.  Trails for two-wheelers

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