The Massachusetts page of the American Trails Website has the most comprehensive list of the state’s trails and greenways with links to available web sites. If you know of a trail that should be listed, or have updates, please send them to American Trails.
Massachusetts’ Long-Distance Trails:
The Massachusetts section is described as a ‘primitive footpath’ and runs for 90 miles through the Berkshires.
Bay Circuit Trail
Envisioned as a 200-mile trail and greenway that circles the greater Boston area, from Kingston Bay to Plum Island. This recreation trail links parks and open spaces in the metro area. Currently, 150 miles are open and designated.
East Coast Greenway
This trail will span 3,000 miles, both on and off roads, to connect Maine and Florida. The Massachusetts section runs from Salisbury to Boston, then Worcester, and through the Blackstone River corridor on to Providence.
This trail, envisioned as a 100-mile long-distance trail from the Connecticut to the Hudson that follows the corridor of the historic Native American path, is a significant link for Massachusetts. It preserves an important historic trail even traversing the original trail in one location, connects scenic landscapes, and provides users the opportunity to travel from river’s edge to mountain ridge to river’s edge again. Today, approximately 34 miles of the trail are open and designated in Massachusetts as woodland trail, on-road segments, and water trail on the Deerfield River. Although primarily envisioned as a hiking trail, different segments are also appropriate for cycling, snowmobiling, horseback riding, and paddling.
Mass Central Rail Trail
This multi-use trail is a work in progress, but will eventually extend 104 miles from Boston to Northampton. Just over 20 miles are already open, including the section known as the Norwottuck Trail, from Amherst to Northampton and the Wachusett Greenways sections in central Massachusetts.
The New England National Scenic Trail is a 220-mile trail route that has been in existence for over half a century. It travels through 39 communities in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Comprised of the Metacomet, Monadnock and Mattabesett Trails, the route features classic New England landscape features: long distance vistas with rural towns as a backdrop, agrarian lands, unfragmented forests, and large river valleys. The trail also travels through important Native American and colonial historical landmarks and highlights a range of diverse ecosystems and natural resources–traprock ridges, mountain summits, forested glades, vernal pools, lakes, streams and waterfalls.
This footpath extends 92 miles through Worcester County, from the Rhode Island border at Douglas to the Wapack Trail in New Hampshire.
The Warner stretches 30 miles from Canton to Diamond State Park in Rhode Island. Envisioned as a woodland trail, it “offers delightful and varied outdoor experiences.”
Taconic Crest Trail
The Taconic Crest Trail winds 35 miles across the Massachusetts and New York Borders into Vermont along the Taconic Ridge.