9 Massachusetts hiking trails to tackle this fall – Boston.com


Take in the fall foliage “in all its breathtaking glory.”

A view from the Mahican-Mohawk Trail in Mohawk Trail State Forest in Charlemont. DCR

Hikers looking for worthwhile trails beneath dazzling canopies of color this fall have plenty of options in Massachusetts.

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“Fall foliage season is a great time to be anywhere in New England, but it is especially beautiful here in Massachusetts where we have nearly half a million acres of DCR property from which you can view the colors,” said Jim Montgomery, commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), in an email.

Look no further than Massachusetts for fall colors that are “pure New England,” according to Montgomery.

“On Cape Cod and the islands, you will discover oak trees turning bright shades of red and orange under the right conditions,” Montgomery wrote. “In Central Mass. and on the North Shore, where our forests blend, the red maple turns a vibrant ruby and mixes with a radiant array of colors from various oak and birch trees. As you head west, the northern hardwoods in the western part of the state are home to sugar maples, red maples, beech, and birches, which will produce the full gamut of fall colors that are pure New England.”

Montgomery says leaf peepers can view the foliage “in all its breathtaking glory” by exploring a DCR park, rail trail, or hiking trail.

Ahead, discover nine parks the DCR recommends for hiking this fall season.

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in Cheshire

This 12.7-mile rail trail, which connects the towns of Adams, Cheshire, and Lanesborough, is an excellent place for leaf peeping, according to Keiko Matsudo Orrall, executive director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. It offers a “10-foot wide, gentle-grade, universal-designed path,” noted DCR, and has four parking areas along the trail.

Benedict Pond Loop Trail in Beartown State …….

Source: https://www.boston.com/travel/travel/2021/09/24/9-massachusetts-hiking-trails-to-tackle-this-fall/

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