Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

Walked the loop with my hiking friend. Such a beautiful area. Quiet, sunny, and wide open. Sparkling water, on all sides. One strip of land laid out on the water as a miniature replica of the key west 7 mile bridge. Such a great place- makes you feel lost from the world.

Been here only once, did not complete the trail. Where is the best place to park. I found a spot, but did not want to stay there long, there is no street parking is there?

5 days ago

Diggin' this rail trail! I grew up in Hudson and even got to watch the building of some of this trail. It's great for a long walk, a jog or bike ride. And it's beautifully scenic as it scrolls along the Assabet River and through the ever-growing downtown Hudson area and into Marlborough. Worth the hike, check it out. (Park in Hudson. No parking reported in Marlborough.)

Really great hike. Packed snow, trail broken in. Some icy spots, but did great with poles and crampons. Good training for New Hampshire!

Great hike. Don't let the fact that it's in eastern Mass fool you. The round trip hike is all up and down and is more strenuous than you think.

9 days ago

Went for a 4 mike hike around the trails of Cat Rock on Hale Reservation. Only recorded the beginning 1.5 miles around the area for Cat Rock. Then I detoured straight for Noanet Pond and enjoyed the picnic bench by the water. I took the paved path down and back around the reservation. It was snowy and quiet on this off-season day. Multiple options for windy paths, or paved paths. Beautiful lake and interesting features to look at.

Decent hike, was looking to do some photography but nothing too astounding

9 days ago

Running trail... excellent place to relax and right on the road so easy access

Entered Noanet from the trailhead at the end of Cedar Hill Road. Worked my way up to Noanet Peak then did some bushwacking down and around back to where I started. Trees down everywhere as we had a huge storm yesterday. A nice loop, give it a try.

March 4th 2018: This was a beautiful trail, an easy 5 miles. Some elevation at times. Beautiful views of the water. Currently the boardwalk into the water is damaged from the recent storm, and in many areas of the trail there are newly fallen trees. On the last mile of the trail around the pond the entrance is blocked by a giant cluster of fallen trees. I chose to walk on the main road and into the nearby neighborhood to gain access back to rest of the trail. I suspect as the warmest weather approaches the town will make the necessary upkeep from the off season. Highly recommend and would return to despite the current damage.

16 days ago

A really nice hike. A few things to consider. Parking is very limited on Lithia Springs Road. A variety of “No parking between signs”, “Parking in front of gate will result in tow”, etc. An option for parking is to drive past Gagne’s Package store on Rte 116. A short distance on left you will see a sign indicating “Hikers Parking”, and this is where it gets weird. The lot where you are allowed to park for Hiking is loaded with “No Trespassing” signs. Seems to be sending two messages here, ok to park if your a hiker., but others? I’m told the signs remain from the days when you were not allowed to hike in this area, before it was part of the State Park. Once parked in the lot, just walk around the gate and hike for about 5 minutes and you will see a trail that goes to the left. (If you come up to some blue drainage pipe and some old fire extinguishers, you went too far) BTW - at the trail head is a blue and white sign, you guessed it, it says “No Trespassing” but take the trail for a little ways and a small jog to the right at the end of the trail and you will see some houses and you will be right at Lithia Springs Road. From there you will see the trail markers for the Lithia Springs Trail. (Time from the “Hikers parking on 116 is about 10M) Much easier than worrying about your car being towed. For those looking to go farther than the Reservoir, you will see on the way to the reservoir a trail marker leading you to the Summit House on the Mount Holyoke Range. Enjoy

Great trails for biking and hiking , very friendly people there definitely coming back for more

Walk it with my baby daughter! Love to search for crickets on the walking bridge! Also love to stand on the middle of the bridge on a windy day and watch the swamp growth wave in the breeze!

Great loop with moderate elevation gains. Very well marked, but a little confusing at some trail junctions. Mostly stay on Backpacker and Bear Paw with a few exceptions.

dont come here.

we've spent too much time getting familiar with this place. Read it's history. its very real. This place is dangerous and there are strange practices happening here.

multiple unsolved murders, one as recent as 20 years ago should be enough to scare off tourists.

Have felt in danger on multiple occasions here. Stay away.

the trail is a bit rugged as it follows an eschar over the over the Nutting Lake Marsh. The trailis not blazed and requires GPS to follow that hike as there are many intersecting trails , but it's very short; it's over in a matter of minutes. Good to get out in the fresh air. There are vernal pools that probably will Harbor the spring peepers, some bird sighting and some animal tracks.

Versatile place to walk/hike. Lovely views on top of the hill. The bog boardwalk was fun to explore. $5 parking fee, pay by card.

I Like it.

Easy, straight trail. A little boring, but still a decent gravel trail.

1 month ago

Fairly easy walk by water and through woods. Not that crowded on a Saturday in late February.

Great walk on this beautiful day!

Great trail system for hiking, running and biking. The local mtn bike community does a great job maintaining the trails.

1 month ago

Love this place. Camped here for years and always hiked the trails. Now live closeby to hike every weekend. Way more trails that are not listed here. Enjoy!

1 month ago

It wasn’t a bad hike, I went out during a rainy day in February. I did have to pick up a little bit of trash as I hiked along but all in all it was a nice quiet hike

1 month ago

A decent walk around Horn Pond. This trail only goes around the pond, providing some nice water views. There are other nearby trails which provide access to Horn Pond Mountain, which has interesting scenery and views of the Boston skyline.

This was a wonderful hike/walk in the ice and snow. but I would not call it hard or sometimes even moderate. It might be listed that for its length but not the terrain.

There's much more than 3.7 miles of trails here (I regularly do 4.5-8 mile loops here) AND you can connect with other nearby trail systems. Great place for short or long easy hikes/walks, bird watching, bike rides, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, hunting, fishing, and looking for tracks. Most trails are either flat dirt trails, partially paved old roads, or you can just walk the sidewalk if you have strollers or unsteady-when-standing individuals with you.

ARNWR was once a part of Fort Devens/Maynard ordinance depot and the historic ammo bunkers are still standing. The visitor center is open from 10a-4pm on weekends and is a great place to check out (especially with kids)!

Fair warnings:
This is a great find for locals & new hikers/outdoor enthusiasts BUT if you're looking for a physical challenge, you won't find it here.

The refuge boasts a large wetland and while this is ideal for wildlife viewing, during the summer it can get VERY buggy on the trails.

Dogs are not allowed on the refuge.

I started out early in the morning. It was a long gentle climb. I was alone at the summit, amazing views, the clouds were below me! Total serenity and peace! I could see all the way to the Catskills! I recommend this hike

Very nice winter hike. I altered the route and was glad I did. Instead of coming back on Park Loop Road, I took the Whistling Cave Trail. Besides being able to see the Whistling Cave, this trail was much less traveled and has a more rustic vibe. There are a few small brooks you have to cross when the water is higher . There are some beautiful rock formations there too! PS wear some micro spiked if going in the winter. There are some icy areas.

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