Now that we’re no longer frozen under 5 feet of snow, you can finally take a moment to appreciate again just how beautiful Brockton is in the springtime. To get you started enjoying the great outdoors, we’ve put together a short list of some of the best hiking trails near Brockton, MA. Each one has its own distinct features that make for a unique hiking experience.
What was at one time a busy highway for roaring locomotives, this space is now a tranquil and relatively flat hiking trail. Only a short drive from Brockton, the Rockland Rail Trail provides beautiful woodland views, a brief walk through town, and numerous connections to other nearby trails. If you’re looking for a longer day of hiking, try taking the Colby Phillips Trail or Abington Town Forest.
Step away from civilization and into the pristine wilderness of Holbrook Town Forest for a day filled with wildlife and nature. A system of connecting pathways allows you to venture through rich hemlock forests and past a number of large ponds. You can also find Wiggins Trail – the longest in Holbrook Town Forest – at the forest entrance. It extends all the way into the Cranberry Pond Reservation in nearby Braintree.
For intermediate and expert hikers, you’ll love the trails at Ames Nowell State Park. These enjoyable hiking trails cross shady hills, quiet meadows, and thriving wetlands (from the protection of a boardwalk). The trails are open to hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders, so keep alert when approaching turns. The park also has a system of rich ponds that are ideal for fishing, so don’t forget to pack your rod and tackle box.
The Blue Hills Reservation has trails to accommodate hikers of all skill levels. Shorter loops can provide a quick lunchtime workout, designated by yellow, red, and green trail blazes. These trails are frequented by locals on most weekends throughout the summer, so if it’s peace and quiet you’re looking for, try going during the week. The Skyline Trail, a 9-mile hike across the expanse of the Blue Hills Range, is perhaps the most popular on the entire reservation. If you can handle the changing elevations and challenging terrain, this trail gives hikers a breathtaking view of the Boston skyline and surrounding landscape.
Ten minutes west of Brockton, you’ll find the diverse natural habitats of Borderland State Park. With fascinating glacial boulder deposits, shimmering ponds, and thick forests and wetlands, this park has trails that will take you from Leach Pond to the Granite Hills Trail and into the forests, where the swampland and granite rock features are something everyone should experience.
We hope you enjoy your time out on the trails this season and always remember to pack plenty of water and a small emergency kit when you go.
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