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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!

Interactive New England Peak Foliage Map

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Lynn Woods

Massachusetts: Foliage Routes

The second largest municipal park in the United States is a hidden gem just north of Boston. Trail running for all abilities: 10 miles of wide fire roads and 20 miles of more rugged trails. Three reservoirs, Dungeon Rock, rose gardens.

Hingham: 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.