Try These Six Winter Hiking Trails in Massachusetts

These six trails are open all winter long for cold-weather hiking.

Without any snow, active Bostonians may be at a loss for winter activity ideas. Before the flakes fall—and let’s face it, they’re coming—you can stay fit and enjoy the outdoors with winter hiking.

Whether you’re an advanced adventurer or a once-in-a-while trekker, these destinations offer something for all levels. Bundle up in those winter hats and gloves, and hit these six winter hiking trails in Massachusetts.

1. Brooks Woodland Preserve
Miles from Boston: 70

Run by the Trustees of Reservations, Brooks Woodland offers more than 13 miles of trails and roads on land set aside for conservation. Choose from one of the many trail options, or check out the Swift River or Roaring Brook, alongside wetlands.

Free. East Street, Petersham, 413-532-1631, thetrustees.org.

2. World’s End
Miles from Boston: 20

With stunning views of the Boston skyline and charming carriage paths reminiscent of an older time, World’s End is a great hiking destination to visit in any season. Walk along the 4.5 miles of footpaths and enjoy the coastal views on the 251-acre property, or bring a thermos of hot cocoa and a blanket for a picnic. When the snow does fall, this Trustees destination is optimal for snow-shoeing and cross country skiing.

Entry is $6. Martin’s Lane, Hingham, 781-740-7233, thetrustees.org.


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3. Blue Hills Reservation
Miles from Boston: 16

Blue Hills is a good option for a quick getaway hike, located only minutes from the city. Try hiking here on a weekend afternoon and enjoy the varying terrain and 125 miles of trails. Stretching from Randolph to Milton, and Quincy to Dedham, Blues Hills Reservation comprises more than 7,000 acres. Bundle up in layers and climb to the top of Great Blue Hill this winter season.

Free. 695 Hillside Street, Milton, 617-698-1802, mass.gov.

4. Mohawk Trail State Forest
Miles from Boston: 116

Located in the northern Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, this state forest offers 6,000 acres to hike through, with large gorges and mountain ridges. Check out the ponds, open meadows, and streams as you trek along one of the many trails. Bonus: The trails are free from November through April.

Free from November-April. Cold River Road, Charlemont, 413-339-5504, mass.gov.

5. Wachusett Mountain State Reservation
Miles from Boston: 55

You may know Wachusett Mountain for skiing and snowboarding, but it also offers a number of year-round hiking trails. On clear days, hikers can see Mount Monadnock and the Boston skyline from the mountain’s summit. Appreciate the views and the current lack of snow, and come back to hit the slopes later this season.

$5 parking fee. Mountain Road, Princeton, 978-464-2987, mass.gov.

6. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
Miles from Boston: 101

Arcadia’s five miles of trails meander through forest, meadows, wetlands, grasslands, and marshes. The sanctuary is open all year round, and runs programming—like bear tracking and nature field trips—throughout the winter months.

$4 admission. 127 Combs Road, Easthampton, 413-584-3009, massaudubon.org.