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Best trails in Wachusett Mountain State Reservation

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Looking for a great trail in Wachusett Mountain State Reservation, Massachusetts? AllTrails has 20 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest 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. Ready for some activity? There are 16 moderate trails in Wachusett Mountain State Reservation ranging from 1.2 to 6.3 miles and from 984 to 2,001 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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, including 3.9 miles of the Midstate Trail, which runs from Ashburnham to the Rhode Island border. Mountain Road stretches to the John Hitchcock Visitor's Center at the summit, a short distance from the Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, which is the largest in eastern Massachusetts. Wachusett Mountain is part of an extensive greenway area, including Leominster State Forest, Massachusetts Audubon's Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary and Minns Wildlife Sanctuary. It is also the location of the largest known area of Old Growth Forest east of the Connecticut River in Massachusetts, with trees dating over 350 years old. Evidence of the glacial activity which shaped the mountain can be seen at Balance Rock; two large boulders were stacked one on top of the other by moving glaciers thousands of years ago.

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Map of trails in Wachusett Mountain State Reservation
Park information
Acreage:
3,000 acres
Contact
978 464-2987
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Top trails (20)
#1 - Wachusett Mountain: Old Indian, Stage Coach, Bicentennial Trails
Wachusett Mountain State Reservation
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 45 m
This loop is a combination trail of many interconnected trails at Wachusett Mountain State Reservation. There are many other trails to connect to to shorten or lengthen your journey. Trails in this loop include: Bicentennial Trail pine Hill Trail Old Indian Trail West Side Trail Semuhenna Trail Windmill Trail Stage Coach Trail Echo Lake Trail Echo Lake Road High Meadow back to Bicentennial TrailShow more
#2 - Wachusett Mountain via Bicentennial and Pine Hill Trails
Wachusett Mountain State Reservation
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(502)
Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 53 m
#3 - Wachusett Mountain via Balance Rock, Old Indian, and Semuhenna Trail Loop
Wachusett Mountain State Reservation
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(411)
Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 2 h 9 m
#4 - Wachusett Mountain via Balance Rock and Old Indian
Wachusett Mountain State Reservation
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 2 h 7 m
#5 - Pine Hill, Harrington, Jack Frost, Bicentennial, and Mountain House Trail Loop
Wachusett Mountain State Reservation
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(213)
Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 54 m
Parking fee: MA resident $5 Non-MA resident $20 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.Show more
#6 - Wachusett Mountain via Mountain House Trail
Wachusett Mountain State Reservation
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 1 h 12 m
#7 - Wachusett Mountain via Harrington Trail
Wachusett Mountain State Reservation
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(208)
Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
#8 - Wachusett Mountain West Side Trail
Wachusett Mountain State Reservation
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 38 m
#9 - Wachuset Mountain via Bolton Pond, Semuhenna, and Old Indian Trail
Wachusett Mountain State Reservation
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(166)
Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 26 m
#10 - Echo Lake Road, High Meadow, Jack Frost and Harrington Trail
Wachusett Mountain State Reservation
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
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