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Living in New England certainly has its perks, particularly for those who live for the outdoors. With the eastern area of New England containing plenty of hiking and backpacking trails for families to enjoy together, Eastern Massachusetts has plenty of hiking trails and backpacking parks for every skill level and experience. Here are just a few of the best family hikes in Eastern Massachusetts.
Beech Forest Trail
Race Point Rd.
Provincetown, MA 02657
(508) 487-1256
www.nps.gov

Provincetown is a popular tourist and vacation destination for many throughout the year, but the Beech Forest Trail provides plenty of natural beauty for those who want to hike, bike or backpack its trail. The difficulty here is intermediate, so families are advised to bring plenty of water and snacks for the trip, while little kids might want to sit this one out, or make the trip early in the day, with plenty of light.

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Great Island Trail
Griffin Island Rd
Wellfleet, MA 02667

The Great Island Trail located on Griffin Island Road in Wellfleet near Hyannis is a great place for outdoor family activities of all sorts, from hiking and biking to simply enjoying the natural beauty of the area. Pet owners are also recommended to hit up Great Island Trail, as this great family hiking area is extremely friendly towards the family dog, making it a perfect place for walking or that all important exercise regiment along Great Island Trail’s beautiful beach, in order to keep them fit and trim.

Gooseberry Island
E Beach Rd.
Westport, MA 02790
www.horsenecksurfrescue.com

Speaking of the summer months, this is admittedly when a trip to Gooseberry Island in the quaint farming town of Westport is best enjoyed for a family trip. Gooseberry Island is located near the equally popular Horseneck Beach area of Westport. It makes for a beautifully scenic hiking or walking trip for families who love the water. The crashing waves and lovely view of the summer sky make a day trip here at Gooseberry Island a warm, fun day for all.

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Menemsha Hills Reservation
North Road
Chilmark, MA 02535

The Menemsha Hills Reservation is located on North Road in Chilmark, Massachusetts, on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Eastern Massachusetts. Menemsha Hill Reservation provides a huge expanse of green fields, tall trees and glorious sky for family hikes which could easily take all day and into the night. Indeed, acres and acres of natural beauty await visitors here to the Menemsha Falls Reservation, with hiking and biking trails serving all sorts of experience and skill levels, although it should be said that majority of trails here do require a least a moderate sense of skill. Still, a visit here is a must for outdoors loving families.

Village Park
Main St
Swansea, MA 02777

A trip to Village Park-located on Main St over in East Otis, Massachusetts-is a highly recommended destination for family day trips, as this beautiful park features plenty of places to camp, stop and enjoy of all what nature has to offers. There’s also plenty of room for family hikes to enjoy the day and sunshine, while also offering plenty of super interesting rock formations, including the complex pudding stones. All in all, a trip here to the Village Park is definitely recommended for family hikes!

George Pacheco has been writing professionally about arts and entertainment for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, George currently resides in a humble New England home with his wife, cat and massive music and film collection. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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