Looking for a great trail in Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Massachusetts? AllTrails has 5 great walking trails, kid friendly trails, views 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 0.9 to 3.8 miles and from -6 to 85 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

hiking
1 day ago

Very nice walk if you want an easy trail with great views of Boston and the ocean.

mountain biking
blowdown
rocky
scramble
11 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

Mostly paved but a few grass trails as well. Awesome skyline and Boston harbor views. Also views and smells of the wastewater treatment plant.

hiking
16 days ago

Close to home, beautiful view of water, quick and easy walk.

hiking
private property
16 days ago

Nice ocean breeze with sweeping views. Relaxing start to a great day!

running
1 month ago

Vert nice sceanic place near Nantasket beach. Worth the 6 bucks entrance fee. 10km without almost going in the same path. Rolling large trails and nice single track and rocky in Rocky neck side. Not crowded on a thursday at 11AM.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice and easy trail, views at the harbor are breathtaking along the entire trail. Not many people despite we did it on Saturday. Saw many deers with babies, so cute! Did the entire loop (long version) in 1.5 hours at a very relaxed pace, highly recommend this trail, especially for families with children and those who just want a nice and quick walk!

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty walk however this is not a free hike. We were from out of state and paid $16.00 for my husband and I. Overpriced for sure.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy trail with a variety of terrain. There are places to go for a swim, but they’re very rocky. It’s not the park’s fault, but there were a ridiculous amount of loud, obnoxious boat parties off the south shore while I was there. I went to the north side trying to avoid the loud music, found a quiet patch, and some guy comes by in a boat. Of the entire empty coastline, he picks 30ft from me and turns on the music. It was a lot of boats... I posted a photo. LOL

hiking
2 months ago

We had a great day exploring the fort. We Took the ferry over and had a drink on the way. It’s a self guided tour of the fort and grounds. There was a baseball game being played with players wearing old fashioned uniforms. You’re free To walk around and explore however long you like. There’s an a cafe and bathrooms. It was an awesome little day adventure

hiking
2 months ago

Great for walks, perfect for beginners

hiking
3 months ago

I enjoyed the trail with my family.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views of Boston skyline. Paved trails for biking. Grefor birding.

hiking
3 months ago

Relaxing and fun hike. We saw many deer and other wild life. The views were beautiful.

hiking
5 months ago

dogs loved it the wooded trails on the side are a bit more challenging and much more fun but the views all over are great however I don’t recommend going on a windy day

hiking
6 months ago

Could only do part of the trail because we had a plane to catch but this was an awesome trail. The views were incredible. There was about 6 inches of snow along the trail but still many people, some snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Will be back to do the complete trail.

walking
8 months ago

absolutely loved this place.

Overly dramatic park name

Beautiful.

walking
10 months ago

Easy trail, pretty views. You do walk around a huge water treatment plant, but it didn’t bother me.

$8 pp for non members, kids free

hiking
11 months ago

Very high traffic area. So much to look at like Boston views the ocean we even saw a deer. High intensity hills every so often and so oretty in the fall. Deff on of my favorite spots!

Stunning views of Boston skyline.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

World's End is beautiful! Yes it costs $6 pp if you're not a member. It costs money to maintain green space. They just moved the gate this summer, so they are working out some logistics... the gate used to be at the entrance but the locals complained. Lovely spot for all - young and old, 2 and 4 legs. Views of Boston. You can get more than 3 miles if you take some of the side trails. Don't miss the Rocky area.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Who chargers people for a walk?

hiking
Friday, August 17, 2018

This trail would is quite scenic especially at night. The view of Boston's skyline is really spectacular from here as I've caught it several times now. The major problem with this trail is that from time to time, the smell coming out of the sewage treatment is pretty strong. It's not constant so you may smell it or you may not on a given hike. If not for that, this trail would be so much nicer.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Beautiful place to walk around and enjoy, the views of the Boston skyline are pretty amazing and I’m pretty sure its safe to swim in some parts. The only downside is it’s not free

on World's End Trail

Monday, July 23, 2018

One of our favorite places to take the pups - gorgeous!!

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