Wachusett Mountain State Reservation Trail

MODERATE 43 reviews

Wachusett Mountain State Reservation Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Princeton, MA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.6 miles 1584 feet Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

road biking

skiing

snowboarding

snowshoeing

trail running

cross country skiing

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

Rising above the surrounding forest to a height of 2006 feet, Mount Wachusett stands as a unique landmark within the central New England landscape. From the summit, a clear day reveals views of Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire, the Berkshires to the west, and the Boston skyline to the east. The 3,000-acre Wachusett Mountain State Reservation surrounds the summit and offers a wealth of natural and recreational resources. The Reservation's natural resources include forests, alpine meadows, ponds, streams, fields, and even a perched bog. Recreational opportunities abound at the reservation including hiking, nature study, hawk watching, picnicking, and skiing. The Reservation offers 17 miles of hiking and walking trails.

21 days ago

22 days ago

nice short hike, moderateley steep, good view from the summit!

27 days ago

The scenery was amazing even this late in the season.

hiking
1 month ago

The well marked trails were a good workout. We did a 5 mile loop which of course took in the summit. My favorite time for hiking is in the fall when the foliage is in full color. I enjoy the peace and solitude of the trails and the scenic overlooks. Today, the trails were like Interstate 95 at rush hour. At times you had to wait on the side as lines of hikers past you coming from the opposite direction. The summit was disappointing as it was overcast and very hazy. Good scenic pics were out of the question. The crowds there also detracted from the moment. I think the bottom line is that the best time to hike this Mountain would be any day during the week if you want solitude. I will do this hike again someday (during the week) as there are many more trails I want to explore.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trails, enjoy the nature.... beautiful view on the top of the summit. ✨

2 months ago

2 months ago

Old Indian trail one of the best

3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Lots of nice trails and I've literally been on every single one. There can be a lot of foot traffic but it's expected, especially when the mountain road is open.

So thankful this mountain is literally right outside my front door!

4 months ago

Awesome! I love pine hill trail ! I use it to train for others ! It's hard the first time but on the 2nd and 3rd visit it's easier !

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail

hiking
5 months ago

If you are looking for a quick hike with moderate workout and decent views, this is a good option to consider. The trails were moderate, sometimes even easy. We parked near the entrance to the state park and took the Old Indian trail to the Summit that took about 20 minutes. The entrance fee is $5. There is a watch tower on the summit. The views were OK. There was decent foot traffic on the trails as it was a weekend with great weather. On our way back, we took the Harrington trail, to Semuhenna trail(easy), to West side and then the Old Indian trail back to the car.

6 months ago

good

6 months ago

Windy but nice hike!

7 months ago

7 months ago

Steep

7 months ago

Nice easy hike ... lots of trails to wander over that all connect, so you can make it long or short, as you wish. A great warm up walk in the woods if you aren't a winter hiker. :)

No wildlife, but nice birds to see and listen to ....

hiking
8 months ago

Great, quick hike. You get a good workout and nice views at the top! Lots of different trails to get up and down so make sure you pay attention to which one you need to be on (I may have gone down the wrong side of the mountain and had to hike back up once).

hiking
8 months ago

Pretty easy hike - only steep near the top. Dog loved it, too. I started on another trail and took Old Indian Trail most of the way.