Best bird watching trails in Massachusetts

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Massachusetts with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in Massachusetts
Top trails (1052)
#1 - Skyline Trail Loop
Middlesex Fells Reservation
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Length: 8.4 mi • Est. 3 h 22 m
This route uses several different trails to create a loop. There are many intersecting trails that can be confusing so we recommend recording your activity to avoid going off route.Show more
#2 - Mount Norwottuck
Mount Holyoke Range State Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
Highest peak in the Holyoke range, has commanding views of the entire pioneer valley. The loop for Mt. Norwottuck combines the Robert Frost trail (orange) and the M&M trail (white). Start from the Visitor's Center on the combined Robert Frost trail and M&M Trail (orange & white). Stay left on the Robert Frost (orange) when the M&M splits off. Eventually you will reconnect with the M&M, and there you will stay right on go onto the M&M Trail (white). You will then begin an ascent to the summit through ledges. From the summit continue to follow the M&M trail (white) down and eventually you will rejoin the Robert Frost trail (orange) where you split off on the way up. Stay left on the combined Robert Frost (orange) and M&M trail (white) to get back to the visitor center.Show more
#3 - Hickey and Peeskawso Peak Trail
Monument Mountain Reservation
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
Note: The term squaw is considered universally offensive by Indigenous groups in America due to its use for hundreds of years in a derogatory context. Indigenous activists have continued to work both locally and in more general educational efforts, to rename the locations across North America that contain the slur, as well as to eliminate the slur from the lexicon in general. See here for more info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squaw#Efforts_to_rename_placenames_and_terms_with_squaw_in_themShow more
#4 - Race Brook Falls and Mount Everett
Mount Everett State Reservation
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 58 m
#5 - Rock Circuit: Melrose Rock, Black Rock, and Pinnacle Rock
Middlesex Fells Reservation
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 4 m
Park at the skating rink. Rock Circuit Trail is marked with white blazes. It is well marked in places but some places it is challenging to follow. This trail tends to go over every obstacle in sight so be prepared to climb.Show more
#6 - Cheshire Harbor Trail to Mount Greylock
Mount Greylock State Reservation
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 48 m
The easiest and shortest ascent route from base to summit of Mount Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts. Spectacular views at summit.Show more
#7 - Great Brook Farm Woodchuck, Chicken, and Beaver Loop Trail
Great Brook Farm State Park
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
NOTE: Users have reported that a section of this trail is closed for construction as of June 2020. Please check with the park for more information. You can park at Farm's Ice Cream Stand for $3.Show more
#8 - Ponkapoag Pond Trail
Blue Hills Reservation
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 2 h 53 m
#9 - World's End Trail
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
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Length: 3.8 mi • 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
#10 - Whitehall Reservoir Loop
Whitehall State Park
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Length: 8.0 mi • Est. 2 h 59 m
Note: As of August 15, 2020, users have reported one side of the trail is closed due to tree fall. A loop hike around the reservoir starting from the boat launch. Please be mindful and considerate when hiking this trail as parts of it are on private property (back yards of people's homes). Show more
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