10 places to hike near Boston


These hiking destinations are all within 30 miles of the city.

The view from Spectacle Island. Department of Conservation and Recreation

If you want to get lost in nature without straying too far from the city, there are plenty of hiking destinations to choose from.

Ahead, check out 10 hiking spots within 30 miles of Boston.

Spy over 15,000 plants as you walk the trails or take a guided tour of Harvard University’s 281-acre Arnold Arboretum on Jamaica Plain, founded in 1872. It is part of the historic Emerald Necklace.

In this wooded area, hikers will discover an extensive network of trails, two lakes, and vistas with views of Boston, New Hampshire, and central Massachusetts.

People walk a trail in the Blue Hills Preserve. Department of Conservation – Department of Conservation and Recreation

There are trails for all levels of hikers in this 6,000 acre park which spans parts of Milton, Quincy, Braintree, Canton, Randolph and Dedham. The Skyline Trail offers views of the Boston skyline and was a favorite with Boston.com readers during the pandemic.

Climb stone tower on Burrill Hill, the highest point in Lynn, for stunning views of the Boston skyline. Bonus: Among the 30 miles of scenic trails is Dungeon Rock, an underground tunnel with a history of pirates.

The popular Skyline Trail, a 6.9-mile loop, is one of more than 100 miles of mixed-use trails at this hiking spot. Hikers are rewarded with fantastic views of Boston and its surroundings from Wright’s Tower.

Meriam’s Corner is the starting point of the Battle Road Trail, which traces the retreat of British forces on April 19, 1775. – The Boston Globe

Spend time where the first battle of the Revolutionary War took place on a hike through Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord. The five thousand Battle Road Trail connects historic sites from Concord to Lexington.

This 114-acre island offers panoramic views from the highest hill of the Boston Harbor Islands. Bonus: There is a supervised beach.

Hike around the pond that inspired Henry David Thoreau’s 1854 “Walden.” Hikers can also visit a replica of the author’s one-bedroom cabin.

Andover’s Samantha LaDuc and her dog Mo at the Solstice Stones atop Holt Hill at the Charles Ward Reservation in Andover in 2019. Barry Chin/The Boston Globe – Barry Chin/The Boston Globe, Feature

Head to Holt Hill, the highest point in Essex County, for views of the Boston skyline. Explore it Solstice Stonesan arrangement of stones put in place to mark the sunset on the shortest and longest days of the year.

Explore horse-drawn carriages and tree-lined trails in this 251-acre park on a Frederick Law Olmsted-designed peninsula with scenic trails and sweeping views of the Boston skyline, River Weir and Hingham Harbor.