Best trails in Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

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Looking for a great trail in Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Massachusetts? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, walking trails, kid friendly trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area ranging from 1.4 to 6.1 km and from -2 to 25 meters above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

The Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area is a combination of over 30 islands rich in history, walking trails, and beauty. Some even offer great views of the Boston skyline! While some of the islands are accessible via car, most are accessible by ferries that leave from several different places. Visitors may find Civil War-era forts, historic lighthouses, tide pools, campgrounds, fishing spots, and swimming areas.

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Map of trails in Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
Park information
Area:
600 hectares
Contact
(617) 223-8666
Top trails (5)
#1 - World's End Trail
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
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Length: 6.1 km • Est. 1 h 43 m
Rolling hills and rocky shorelines offer sweeping views of the Boston skyline, while tree-lined carriage paths designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted make delightful walking trails. $8 per person for non members/$6 for members/Children get in free.Show more
#2 - Deer Island Trail
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
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Length: 4.3 km • Est. 1 h 8 m
#3 - Spectacle Island Perimeter Trail
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
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Length: 3.1 km • Est. 46 m
This historical island is over 100 acres with over 5 miles of walking trails. Visitors must take a ferry to the island.Show more
#4 - Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
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Length: 1.4 km • Est. 25 m
This is a beautiful historic island that is accessible via ferry during the summer. The island plays host to Fort Warren, an interesting relic of the American Civil War.Show more
#5 - Grape Island
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
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Length: 1.9 km • Est. 32 m