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Best First Hikes

Whether taking a quick break from a busy day or spending a leisurely afternoon, hiking is an easy and fun way for you to enjoy the outdoors throughout the year. Interested in getting started? Visit these Trustees properties, where the hiking is as easy as a walk in the park.

Francis William Bird Park, WalpoleFollow three miles of flat pathways, past grassy meadows and tranquil duck ponds, and over stone arch bridges spanning quiet streams. This park includes a recreational area and children’s playground, ideal for walking families!

World’s End, HinghamLet the 4.5 miles of scenic, foot-friendly carriage roads guide you around this hourglass peninsula on the South Shore. Enjoy views of the tidal Weir River, Hingham Harbor, the Boston skyline, and outer harbor islands.

Appleton Farms and Grass Rides, Hamilton and IpswichExplore the farmstead and surrounding fields and woodlands of a 350-year-old working farm. Five miles of trails originally designed for horse-and-carriage lead through the Grass Rides.

Field Farm, WilliamstownNestled on a Berkshires hillside and boasting a memorable vista of Mount Greylock, Massachusetts’ highest peak, the property features a lovely inn and some flat trails that lead through fields, marshland, and to a serene pond.

Copicut Woods, Fall RiverEnjoy three miles of easy walking trails that take you through forests laced with old stone walls to a 19th-century farm settlement. Stroll past vernal pools, larger wetlands, and Miller Brook.

North Common Meadow, PetershamYou and your young hikers will enjoy the charm of Petersham Center with a visit to this family-friendly reservation. Take in picturesque views of Mount Wachusett along a half-mile path that leads through the meadow and around a pretty pond.