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Massachusetts: Foliage Routes

Massachusetts is a treat for running in the fall. Those who love autumn running can follow the foliage peak map from mid-October in the Berkshires to early November in southern Massachusetts. Our guide to fall foliage runs in Massachusetts highlights some of the state’s most iconic routes. In Boston, there’s the famed Emerald Necklace. Just west of the city, the Minuteman Path from Lexington to Concord is 5 miles of running glory. We also feature several “apple orchard” runs in the Harvard-Bolton-Stow area, a Cranberry Bog tour in Carlisle, and some wonderful foliage routes in western MA and the Berkshires. South of the city, massive Blue Hills Reservation has miles of wonderful roads and trails for running.

Peak foliage is earliest in the western part of the state, usually mid-October. Then, it’s about 1 week later in Boston’s western suburbs, late October/early November in metro Boston, and as late as Nov. 10-15 in the southern part of the state, especially near the ocean. The map below allows you to enter a date and location to track peak foliage!

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Worlds End

Massachusetts: Foliage Routes

Overlooking Hingham Harbor just south of Boston, World End offers several miles of roads and trails, flanked by specimen trees, with great views to the water and the Boston skyline. Enjoy 3+ miles of carriage road type trails in this Olmsted-designed park.

Blue Hills Reservation

Massachusetts: Foliage Routes

7,000 acres of preserved land, incorporating 5 towns. 125 miles of trails -- some of them great for running. Look for the wider, flat trails on the map. For a real challenge, 1-mile Summit Rd. is closed to cars and has 350 feet of elevation gain averaging 10% grade.

Apple Orchard Runs

Massachusetts: Foliage Routes

Three routes in the orchard towns of Harvard, Stow, and Bolton west of Boston around Rt. 495. Lovely roads, with fun hills and great views to orchards and the valley. 5 and 10 mile options from the Apple Harvest Ramble in Harvard, or a route along the new Assabet River Rail Trail.

Norman Rockwell Route

Massachusetts: Foliage Routes

A list of classic fall New England runs wouldn't be complete without tribute to Norman Rockwell... Enjoy the trails on the 36-acre grounds, and then follow the footsteps of one of Rockwell's favorite bike routes on the well-shouldered Rt. 102 or Averic Road.