If you are looking for some fresh air time, we’ve got the list for you! These family-friendly hikes near Boston are perfect for when the kids need to burn off some energy and the parents need to put down the phones. You’ll find hikes to vernal pools, stroller-friendly spots and loads of options for your next outdoor adventure.

Editor’s note: We’re making every effort to provide you with the most up-to-date information. However, sometimes closures occur at the last minute due to circumstances beyond our control, such as the spread of Covid-19. We highly recommend that you call ahead before you pack your kids (and all those snacks, and diapers…) and haul them across town. Stay safe! 

Purgatory Chasm State Reservation, Sutton

Purgatory Chasm is a unique natural landmark offering exciting adventure. Follow trails to rock formations such as The Corn Crib, The Coffin and Lovers’ Leap. After exploration, settle down for an afternoon picnic. 

More info: mass.gov

Borderland State Park, Easton

Borderland State Park features a historic mansion open for tours. This park also features trails for hiking, biking, or horseback riding, fishing and boating in the pond, and facilities for tennis and disc golf. Borderlands features over 20 miles of hiking trails ranging from moderate to difficult and many of them are stroller friendly.

More info: mass.gov

Rocky Narrows, Sherborn

By foot or canoe, enjoy incomparable views of the Charles River at its most serene as it slowly winds between granite walls. Or amble among pine groves and past wetlands along seven miles of trails and footpaths. A two-mile hike follows the river’s edge south before reaching successive overlooks. Rocky Narrows Overlook takes some effort to reach, but you’ll be rewarded with views of steep, hemlock covered cliffs that form a narrow river passage—the landmark that gives the reservation its name.

More info: thetrustees.org

Francis William Bird Park, Wapole

Rolling fields lined by tree groves, a trio of ponds, and gurgling brooks comprise a lovely natural tableau. Broad lawns provide perfect picnic spots, while tennis courts and a tot lot beckon the more active of all ages. More than three miles of walking paths (easy walking) crisscross the park; a portion of the walkways is surfaced and perfect for strollers.

More info: thetrustees.org

Appleton Farms Grass Rides, South Hamilton

With more than five miles of wide carriage paths bordered by woods, Appleton Farms Grass Rides was originally designed for horseback riding. Don’t miss the Great Pasture Trail, which parallels a stone wall.bordered by forest on one side and the beautiful open landscape of the Great Pasture, dotted with cows. From the Pigeon Hill overlook, you can take in a panoramic view of the entire pasture and the site of another pinnacle salvaged from Harvard. 

More info: thetrustees.org

Copicut Woods, Fall River

This 516-acre property is both a prime destination and the southern gateway to the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve. Copicut introduces nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts to an entire regional ecosystem. With over three miles of trails, you can experience forests, streams and cedar swamps, amid an array of flora and fauna, from deer and coyote darting among stands of hardwoods and conifers, to hawks, owls and salamanders.

More info: thetrustees.org

—Kate Loweth

Featured photo: Keri Logan via flickr


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