Looking for a great trail near Princeton, Massachusetts? AllTrails has 24 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. If you're looking for the best trails in Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Blue Ridge Park or Princeton Park. Ready for some activity? There are 19 moderate trails in Princeton ranging from 1.2 to 10.7 miles and from 813 to 2,001 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!



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1 day ago

Done on the way home from hiking Monadnock...worth the hike if you have time. Easy and quick!

1 month ago

Nice trek, even in winter. Some ice but plenty of rocks and roots to keep traction. The Pine Hill Trail up was great and is a work of art!! Wish I had some skis for the way down.

1 month ago

Parking for 1 car across from trailhead (see cairn). Nice trail up east side of hill then down west side. Quite pleasant. Came around on dirt road by old windmill driven pump house with well. Returned via the main road. Property is Massachusetts state land donated by Miss Susan Minns (1926) and operated as a wildlife sanctuary. NOTE ON MISS MINNS: At the time of her death Susan was the oldest living female graduate of M I T (98Y.O.). She was one of the very first women to study there. She later donated to M I T 20,000 feet of land for the construction of a laboratory to study river flow hydraulics. She donated Little Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, MA to the Commonwealth, as a bird sanctuary.

1 month ago

great hike in early winter

mountain biking
2 months ago

Good workout on mountain bike. An excellent day walk with reward of quiet pond. Great fall foliage!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Great variety on the loop. Part of it was a little difficult on a mountain bike but still fun.

Took my husky and I a little under 2 hours round trip with a nice stop at the top. Not a busy trail for a super nice Saturday in early December. Snow scattered throughout trail and some ice at the top so I did wear my microspikes there.

great place to get out and enjoy nature and great views

3 months ago

A very good hike. Very wet and muddy but I found it more a moderate hike rather than hard

Beautiful trail. more difficult then described
We loved the High Meadow overllook.

Nice hike close to Boston. There's a surprising variation of terrain and the trails are pretty easy to follow. The summit is a bit disappointing, as its usually crowded and loud, and the views are just so-so. I'd say this is more of a moderate to easy hike. It's a great warm up mountain for hiking season.

First time hiking with my boys (11 & 5). Trail was perfect for them - they practically ran up the mountain. It is steep and rocky in areas but very manageable.

I am in recovery from a broken leg and ACL surgery. I was happy I wore my knee brace for this hike. Getting up was no problem, took 40 minutes with stopping a few times to let other people who were faster go by. I was a little more cautious going down and used poles. It rained a lot during the week so most of trail was mud and the rocks were wet. The Mountain House Trail was labeled very well.

4 months ago

This was a pleasant surprise hike. No heavly traveled, only saw a few people along the way. A lot of side trails off of this to extend if wished. Trails are not well marked except the primary Wolf Trail that starts it. Easy enough to find your way to off shoot loops if using a gps enabled hike app. Will be back to explore more.

Fairly easy trail with a nice gradual approach to Mount Wachusett. The trail is a mix of rock and dirt sections, similar to some of the smaller peaks in the White Mountains. Near the top there’s one fairly steep section, but nothing technical. The summit is far from wilderness, with cell towers and view platforms at the top, usually pretty crowded. For me the best part was the hike up, not the summit itself.

4 months ago

It was literally just stairs. Some decent views on the way down after taking Chapman, dickens, Harrington up.

This was my first hike up Wachusett and couldn’t have enjoyed it more. 1st section along Bicentennial Trail was mostly rock but easily traversed, upon turning tp Loop Trail became a bit steeper and rocks were wet from earlier fog. Continued onto Trail House Tr and was a bit dryer finally reaching the summit. Met many great people on ascent and at summit. After a short break and enjoying the views, heading back down Old Indian Tr , pretty even steepness, had to use a bit extra caution on some rock section because of wetness/mud. Final stretch along road had nice views.

My favorite hike up Wachusett. It has some cool viewpoints and a really cool flat wooded area in the middle. Fairly steep. Takes maybe 35 mins to get to the top.

5 months ago

Nice loop trail. First part (when doing the loop counter-clock wise) is a steep climb and scramble to the summit. After a nearly equally steep decline, the middle part of the hike then consists mostly of flat or slowly descending trails through the forest.
The very last part (again, when going counter-clock wise) - quite close to the trail head, but before the fork to the summit ascend - involves scrambling over a boulder field with lots of big, sharp-edged rocks ... a nice challenge, but I wouldn’t recommend that part for hiking with kids.

Took Old Indian up to summit. Steep and rocky in some places but great hike up. Gets your heart pumping! Took us about 55 minutes. Took Harrington to Semmahuna to Old Indian back down. A little steep on Harrington but pretty easy the rest of the way down.

Went up Old Indian and down Harrington/Semuehanna. A nice hike, not too long, but steep and rocky enough toward the top to offer some challenge. Semuehanna was less heavily trafficked than Old Indian. Definitely muddy in places.

Challenging yet not too much so. The day I went it was pretty muddy and it was slippery in quite a few places. Overall had a great time.

Nice trail, was very wet due to the recent rains, but not too bad on the way up. Great views at the top. We took the Summit Down road then Pine Hill trail going down and stopped at the visitor center.

Signs everywhere saying no dogs! Long drive for nothing ...
Trail is flooded in the first approaching lowland .. not passable

Good short hike with decent payoff at the top. A friend of mine and I did the ascension in under 20 minutes. Takes a little longer with little ones, up and back maybe an hour or just over.

Walked from redemption rock both ways on the trail.. hilly on the north side of 140 the trail is skinny in some places with a heavy canopy (nice for summer) but well marked. Good for dogs that are leased trained and friendly.. not heavy traffic and surprisingly was not very buggy.

Great hike to end a day. I went up Old Indian Trail and down Harrington. It was very slippery and I would probably go up Harrington next time. I brought my dog and he had a little difficulty going down the steep rocks on Harrington. Watch out for the mosquitoes near Bolton Pond. Short hike but has those few spots you can push yourself and get the heart rate up.

Short but sweet. We were only looking for something to get the blood moving without too much of a commitment and this did it. Maybe an hour and a half all in. It was very buggy at the outset, that got better as we went up. 7/15

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