5 Best Kid Hikes in Massachusetts

Ideas & Advice / Outdoor Adventure (Unique lifestyle/travel/personal experience)

What do you do when your little one is too big for the kid carrier but too small to keep up with you on a full day hike? I have no idea, so I asked an expert. Jen Bauer is a Digital Media and English teacher from the Boston area who blogs about her adventures with her wife Kendra and their three kids–Addison,  Evan and Kate–at AdventurousMoms.com. In addition to her own regularly updated blog, Jen contributes to National Park Foundation, Travel Mams and FamiliesGo! to name a few so I figured if anyone is qualified to talk about kid hikes in Massachusetts, it’s her.

Here are the five hikes Jen likes best along with a few thoughts on why they’re great for adventurers in training. All of the gorgeous photos below were taken by Jen and the comments about why these destinations make great kid hikes are hers. If you’d like to see more of them and get regular updates on her adventures with her family, be sure to like Adventurous Moms on Facebook.

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Goldsmith Woodlands, Andover
The tall pines provide an unbelievable canopy and the wide, even trails are perfect for toddler legs.
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Bradley Palmer State Park, Topsfield

Footbridges and frogs – what more could a toddler want?

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Noble View Outdoor Center, Russell

The Pitcher Brook trail leads to Big and Little Pitcher Falls. Little kids love waterfalls, and these are a great payoff for a fairly easy hike.

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Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Ipswich

The Rockery Trail runs over wooden footbridges, and through rock archways, a fun treat for kids. There is a ton of wildlife here – geese, frogs, turtles, herons, ducks, snakes, and more!

Blue Hills State Reservation, Milton

Lots of great trails for little legs, and wonderful views of Boston.

Whether you have a suggestion for kid hikes in Massachusetts or anyplace else, please leave a comment and let me know about it!

I’d love to make this a regular feature here on the blog to give parent-approved hiking ideas to other parents. Life is hectic when you have little kids and pulling the tribe together for an outing can be a challenge. Hopefully suggestions from other parents will take some of the planning and pre-trip anxiety out of the day so you can focus on introducing your little ones to the outdoors.

Have fun out there!

Jim Darroch


Jim's love for the outdoors began with family camping trips in "Brady Bunch" style canvas tents and progressed to backpacking adventures with the Boy Scouts. In 2007, he fulfilled his teenage dream by joining Eastern Mountain Sports as Brand Communications Manager. When he's not in the office, you'll find Jim kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking around the Monadnock Region and throughout New England with his wife Brenda and his dog Brewski. Follow Jim Darroch on !

1 Comment

  1. Nick
    January 24, 2014, 2:28 pm

    Nasketucket Bay Reservation in Mattapoisett has nice easy trails (one shorter, one longer) that end at rocky beaches. Just when your kid is getting tired, the trail opens onto a wide vista with sand, wind, shells, and rocks to throw.

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