Summer is the perfect season to set new fitness goals and get your body moving. With the stunning New England scenery and added physical and emotional benefits of exercising outdoors, hiking is a fantastic way to get started. Luckily, we have no shortage of trails for all levels of hikers.
If you recall, exercise is not required to see success with Awaken180°, but we do advocate for our clients to walk each day! If you feel like you’re killing yourself at the gym and not seeing results, try changing your nutrition (call us at 844-346-1800 – we’d be happy to help) and enjoy some walking instead.
Here are some hikes to get you inspired and moving.
Black Point Trail in Narraganset, Rhode Island is a scenic walk alongside the ocean. It’s about two miles down and back and almost completely flat, making it a perfect hike for beginners and families. Plus, it’s dog-friendly! Most of the trail is a dirt path that allows visitors to sightsee along their route. Different spots on the trail feature shady trees, ocean views, and even the ruins of Windswept Mansion.
Little Pond Boardwalk is just one of many trails at White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield Connecticut. This trail is another that offers gorgeous water views, as it cuts through wetlands and goes over the Bantam River at two different points. It’s a great spot for watching wildlife any time of year. Little Pond Boardwalk is a short loop of 1.2 miles long and is completely flat, making it another great spot for beginning hikers and families alike.
Breakheart Reservation in Saugus, Massachusetts has a wide variety of trails, ranging from beginner-level to more difficult. A great place to start is the Silver Lake Loop which is relatively flat and follows about 2.5 miles of waterfront. Breakheart Reservation is also wheelchair accessible, making it a great option for anyone looking to get into nature.
Bubble Rock Trail in Acadia National Park is a short, moderate-level hike. It features stunning views of Acadia National Park including other mountain summits and Jordan Pond. The hike is about 0.7 miles up and back down. The peak of this hike features Bubble Rock, a geological feature of a boulder moved about 40 miles by glaciers and balanced perfectly on the mountainside.
Mount Greylock is full of beautiful trails for those ready for a challenge, though there is an access road with easier trails along the way up. At an elevation of 3,491 feet, the incredible views from the summit feature four different states and five other mountain ranges. Once you’ve reached the summit and taken in the views, you can climb up the Massachusetts Veterans War Memorial Tower or take a break in the Bascom Lodge.
With warmer days fast approaching, this is the best time of year to get outside and take advantage of all that New England has to offer. From woodlands to oceanside and everything in between, there’s a trail for everyone. Time to pack your water and sunscreen and find the perfect hike to help you reap the benefits and meet your goals this year!