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Most of New England's many state parks have short hiking trails. There are longer trails in the national forests, and several much longer trails traverse whole states.


Every New England state has at least a dozen hiking trails, shorter or longer, often maintained by local governments or non-profit associations.

Whenever you go to enjoy New England's forests, fields and meadows, be aware of the danger of tick-borne illness. More...

Around Boston

In Boston, the Harborwalk is a 47-mile (76-km) path along Boston Harbor, from East Boston and Charlestown in the north to South Boston and Dorchester to the south. More...

The 230-mile (370-km) Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway rings the 34 cities and towns of metropolitan Boston, providing wonderful walking opportunities anywhere near Boston. More...

Appalachian Trail

The grand-daddy of all American hiking trails—the Appalachian National Scenic Trail—starts at Mount Katahdin in Maine and wends its way through every New England state except mountain-less Rhode Island, ending at Springer Mountain in Georgia, 2158 miles (3481 km) to the south. More...

Appalachian Mountain Club

The Appalachian Mountain Club is the premier organization helping hikers in New England, especially in New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest. It's the first stop for serious hikers, providing authoritative, highly useful trail guides to routes throughout New England. More...

New England National Scenic Trail

The New England National Scenic Trail (NET) is a 215-mile (346-km) hiking trail from Guilford CT on Long Island Sound to Mount Monadnock in southern New Hampshire. It tracks most of the older Metacomet, Monadnock and Mattabesett trails (also called the Triple-M Trail), traversing 41 communities in Connecticut and Massachusetts. More...

Vermont's Long Trail

The Green Mountain Club's Long Trail traverses the entire state of Vermont, north to south, in its 265-mile (426-km) course. More...

New Hampshire's Cohos Trail

The 162-mile (261-km) Cohos Trail, perhaps the most isolated and "wild" of New England's major hiking trails, goes due north from Crawford Notch in New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Canadian border at Pittsburg NH, where it meets the Sentiers Frontaliers trail which continues to Mount Megantic and Mount Gosford in Québec, Canada. More...

SRK Greenway Trails

New Hampshire's Lake Sunapee is ringed by the Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Trail System (the SRK Greenway), a 75-mile (121-km) chain of 14 trails describing a ragged loop around the lake, passing through Mount Sunapee State Park, Gile State Forest, Ragged Mountain, Mount Kearsarge State Forest Park and other nature reserves. An excellent trail guide with maps in color is available. More...

Climbing Mount Washington

The big challenge for mountain hikers are the several trails to the summit of Mount Washington. If that peak, with some of the worst weather in the USA, is too much, try the easier hikes up Mount Monadnock or Mount Cardigan in New Hampshire. More...

Taconic Crest Trail

The Taconic Hiking Club's 35-mile (56-km) Taconic Crest Trail winds through southwestern Massachusetts, northwestern Connecticut and eastern New York State. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Mount Monadnock, New Hampshire

Mount Monadnock, New Hampshire.

Appalachian Trail Sign

Sign on the Appalachian Trail...

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