Trail running options north of Boston

If you go . . .

Bay Circuit Trail

Bay Circuit Alliance/Appalachian Mountain Club



Breakheart Reservation

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Forest Street, Saugus


Appleton Farms Grass Rides


Highland Street, Hamilton


Chebacco Woods

Chebacco Road, Hamilton

Pipestave Hill Recreation Area

Main Street, West Newbury

State Forest

Trotting Park Road, Lowell


Landlocked Forest

Turning Mill Road, Lexington

Crane Beach

Argilla Road, Ipswich


For runners: Getting away from the pavement does not guarantee a pristine experience. Expect pests galore. Greenheads, horseflies, mosquitoes, and ticks are fairly ubiquitous. Bring bug repellent, and check yourself thoroughly after each run.

Brion O’Connor can be reached at
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