There’s no better way to explore a state than on the back of a trusted horse. This month, we’re taking a look at the best trails found in Massachusetts, whether you’re interested in seeing the state’s fall foliage, historical settings or other stunning sites. Take a look at our list below:
Danvers Rail Trail
Follow the historic Newburyport Railroad with the 5.1-mile long Danvers Rail Trail. This crushed stone path allows you to experience the same journey passengers in the late 1800s took between Danvers and Boston. This trail offers open grasslands and places to picnic, making this trail an easy choice for a relaxing day with your horse and family or close friends.
Another abandoned rail-trail, Bridle Trail is used for a variety of activities, including walking, running, mountain biking and cross country skiing, as well as horseback riding. While this 3-mile dirt and sand trail won’t take you all day to travel, there are plenty of scenic views to enjoy as you traverse the town of Marshfield.
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail
This asphalt horseback riding trail covers a stretch of 6.8 miles through Middlesex County and offers a variety of activities in addition to horseback riding, including biking, inline skating and cross country skiing. The trail is remarkably well cared for, and most visitors comment on how flat and clean the trail is. With scenic views and ponds along the trail, the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail is a can’t-miss destination for any trail rider.
Manhan Rail Trail
Winding its way between Easthampton and Northhampton, the Manhan Rail Trail follows two abandoned rail corridors: Boston & Maine Railroad’s Mt. Tom Branch and New Haven Railroad’s Canal Division. Along the trail, you’ll find a variety of sights, including a colorful mural, numerous bridges, an old train depot and a stunning view of the Connecticut River tributary. This asphalt trail spans nine miles, so come prepared for a lengthy ride. It’ll be worth it.
Southern New England Trunkline Trail
The longest trail on our list this month, the Southern New England Trunkline Trail, locally known as the SNETT, runs for 22 miles through Norfolk and Worcester counties. Locals use the trail for a number of activities, including mountain biking, snowmobiling, walking, cross country skiing and, of course, horseback riding. The trail is still under development, so it’s really best for advanced riders at this time.
Did we miss one of your favorite trails in Massachusetts? Let other readers know in the comments below!