Boston is no Denver, but there are still a couple of mountains (glorified hills, really) to climb. Just a few minutes outside of the city proper is a 7,000-acre reservation with 125 miles of pristine hiking trails. Climb to the top of Great Blue Hill and enjoy an unmatched view of the Hub's skyline—just prepare to share the scenery with crowds during the warmer months. Ski bunnies can return in the winter for some modest slalom action.
After a year of quarantine, it's time to seriously stretch our legs by getting outside and hitting the hiking trails. More dedicated hikers may travel all the way to the White Mountains or the Appalachian Trail to get their nature fix, but there are plenty of beautiful spots near Boston that will do the trick for us recreational trekers. Whether it’s climbing scenic wooded preserves or exploring waterfront trails, these Boston hikes are perfect for walking off the chaos of downtown. No time to leave the city limits? Try one of Boston’s best parks. Looking to get away for a bit longer? Check out the best weekend getaways from Boston.
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