Hiking Massachusetts

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Lace up your boots and sample forty of the finest trails Massachusetts has to offer. This hiker's paradise offers not only mountaintop vistas but also historic landmarks and pristine seashore. Hike along cranberry bogs in Massasoit State Park, trace the edge of a cliff overlooking the Merrimack River in Maudslay State Park, follow the Appalachian Trail over Becket and Walling Mountains in October Mountain State Forest, or walk the state from Rhode Island to New Hampshire on the Midstate Trail. Veteran hiker and ...

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Overview

Lace up your boots and sample forty of the finest trails Massachusetts has to offer. This hiker's paradise offers not only mountaintop vistas but also historic landmarks and pristine seashore. Hike along cranberry bogs in Massasoit State Park, trace the edge of a cliff overlooking the Merrimack River in Maudslay State Park, follow the Appalachian Trail over Becket and Walling Mountains in October Mountain State Forest, or walk the state from Rhode Island to New Hampshire on the Midstate Trail. Veteran hiker and outdoor writer Ben Ames will introduce you to these trails and more.Use this guide for: detailed route maps for each trail; accurate route profiles showing the ups and downs of each hike; tips on equipment, trip planning, and hiking with dogs and children; accurate directions, difficulty ratings, trail contacts, and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762707614
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Series: State Hiking Guides Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,416,723
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Writer and outdoorsman, Benjamin Ames is a former newspaper reporter and a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Hike Locator Map ix
How to Use This Book x
Map Legend xi
How to Use These Maps xii
Introduction 1
Massachusetts Weather 1
Flora and Fauna 1
Wilderness Restrictions/Regulations 2
Southeast Massachusetts
Section Overview 4
1. Freetown/Fall River State Forest 8
2. Massasoit State Park 14
3. Borderland State Park 18
4. Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary 22
5. Norris Reservation 26
6. Blue Hills Reservation 30
7. Rocky Woods Reservation 36
8. Noanet Woodlands Reservation 40
Northeast Massachusetts
Section Overview 44
9. Ward Reservation 48
10. Boxford State Forest 52
11. Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary 56
12. Bradley Palmer State Park 62
13. Ravenswood Park 66
14. Weir Hill Reservation 70
15. Maudslay State Park 76
Central Massachusetts
Section Overview 82
16. Mount Grace State Forest 86
17. Brooks Woodland Preserve 90
18. Wachusett Mountain State Reservation 96
19. Mount Pisgah, Northborough Conservation Lands 100
20. Upton State Forest 104
21. Douglas State Forest 108
Western Massachusetts
Section Overview 114
22. Robinson State Park 118
23. Rattlesnake Knob 122
24. Skinner State Park 128
25. Chester-Blandford State Forest 132
26. October Mountain State Forest 136
27. Pittsfield State Forest 140
28. Savoy Mountain State Forest 146
29. Mohawk Trail State Forest 152
30. Monroe State Forest 156
Midstate Trail
Section Overview 162
31. Midstate Trail Northbound Day One 164
32. Midstate Trail Northbound Day Two 166
33. Midstate Trail Northbound Day Three 169
34. Midstate Trail Northbound Day Four 172
35. Midstate Trail Northbound Day Five 176
36. Midstate Trail Northbound Day Six 179
37. Midstate Trail Northbound Day Seven 182
38. Midstate Trail Northbound Day Eight 188
39. Midstate Trail Northbound Day Nine 192
The Art of Hiking
Getting into Shape 198
Preparedness 199
First Aid 201
Navigation 204
Trip Planning 206
Equipment 206
Hiking with Children 210
Hiking with Your Dog 212
Meet the Author 215
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