Explore the most popular hiking trails near Boston with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

It was really nice during the first part of the trail, but it got VERY heavily trafficked around Brandywine Falls, making it harder to hike at your own pace.

Great hike even in the rain.

hiking
13 days ago

Amazing hike!! So much to see and explore along this trail... you really get a bit of everything. Bring a camera with a nice lens and capture some great nature photos with the family!!! Can't wait to go back!

hiking
15 days ago

Incredible hike. One of my favorite. Ice Box Cave was closed due to an initiative aiming to preserve the bats that inhabit the area. Saw many families and couples. Easy hike with incredible views.

hiking
17 days ago

Reminded me of Hocking Hills. Love walking amongst the giant rocks.

hiking
28 days ago

This ended up being 10.5 miles for us the way we went. Rather than walk most of the trail between Blue Hen Falls and Buttermilk Falls, we walked the creek where we could (thank you, Keen hiking sandals). This is an unmarked trail. When you get to Blue Hen, ignore the Trail Ends Here sign and proceed forward. Some of the climbing can be treacherous, which is why we decided to walk the creek this time around. You have to go down a steep hill to get to Buttermilk Falls. Walking the creek (it was hot out so this was good), you exit to the right and end up behind the ski lodge. Cross Riverview Rd and walk down Boston Mills Rd (there's a little store, museum, etc.). You can do a bathroom break here if you need to. Walk down Boston Mills Rd until you see the Stanford Trail sign. This is the tow path. You walk that for a short distance and you will come to a trail to the right. Take that. The rest is easy. The trail is behind Stanford House for those that aren't familiar with the area. We spend every week hiking down here so we know our way around. On the way back, instead of going back behind the lodge, again cross Riverview Rd. On the left you will see the entrance to part of the Buckeye Trail. This part is a real challenge. If you don't want that challenge you can go back the way you came. The Buckeye Trail part has a couple of really challenging hills and a steep set of stairs. Plan on an all day hike. We started at around 1 and were finished by 6:30.

Excellent hike. Plenty of flatter sections that allow for easy trail running. The end is 2 miles on the Tow Path.

Beautiful hike !

Great loop. We hiked this with 30lb packs as a training hike for an upcoming backpacking trip and it took us about 4 hours. Beautiful views of Blue Hen, Buttermilk and Brandywine Falls. The beginning of the trail is unmarked and took some navigating. It was also confusing once we came out at Brandywine ski resort. We ended up back on the buckeye trail instead of the towpath and had to do some back tracking. Otherwise it was a Beautiful and challenging hike!

1 month ago

neat trail that winds around and through some neat rock formations, very pretty. dog / kid friendly

1 month ago

Lovely easy trail along the ledges of large rock formations. The stairway created by the civilian conservation corps is really cool and worth checking out. The signage can be confusing. We ended up doing a loop on the happy days trail and then back on track with the ledges.

The first two miles have the most elevation change so it's the most difficult part. After that it levels off and becomes easy.

A nice hike. Good climb. My advise is to do the loop clockwise, as it is easier to climb up the steep hill than to scale it down.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was super fun! It was very unique and easy. There’s a really pretty scenic overlook if you cross the field too.

1 month ago

Beautiful maintained trail. Direction were little confusing though.

walking
2 months ago

This is a very nice trail with some great scenery!

Pretty difficult for the first few miles on the Buckeye Trail portion, but still a lot of fun. The Towpath is a good break while you walk back. Some cool views along the way.

There are a couple trees/obstacles along the Buckeye Trail when I went; was not a problem though.

hiking
2 months ago

We were very happy with this trail. Enough space between elavations and beautiful scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Nice, easy hike with some interesting landscapes to explore. Walking through the ravines and seeing everything covered in moss was fun. Worth exploring if you are at the National Park.

2 months ago

Bangin

on Ledges Trail

2 months ago

Beautiful, well maintained trail.

My son is in Boy Scouts and is working on his Hikkng Merit Badge. Great trial, while we were hiking there were Trail Angels of the Buckeye Trail fixing up part of the trail. They were courteous and kind people. Lots of elevation and saw many signs of wildlife. Would definitely recommend.

3 months ago

One of CVNP’s most popular hikes. Great for kids and kids at heart who like to climb around the ledges. Nice view from the top.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail was beautiful! Highly recommend for an early afternoon hike. Pretty easy and relaxing!

3 months ago

Must see trail, be ready to be amazed and to stray off the trail to see even more amazing views.

on Ledges Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike!

This is a beautiful trail to hike when there is snow on the ground. I went on a weekday so there were not many people around. Great place to take the family.

hiking
3 months ago

I found this trail kinda boring. On the upside, it is quiet (except for the people ...lots of traffic) and peaceful. On the downside I found it dark and uninteresting. It is an easy hike ...good if you want a fun adventure with grade school age kids, or a fun walk in the woods if you aren't really into hiking. Serious hikers will be disappointed.

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