About Masstrails.com

Why

This site was created to provide a comprehensive list of maps for the many, many places you can get outside in Massachusetts. There are many sites out there that can point you to great places; our mission is to tell you about all of them, and hopefully introduce you to places right near you.

Who

A few people and a dog who saw this unfilled need and thought it would be worthwhile, fun to do, and fun for you. So far it's been fun, and we hope you think it's worthwhile and/or fun; if you do, tell us, or better yet, show us by making a donation.

How

Lots of Web searching, combined with our knowledge of the state and the people and entities here that make maps of the outdoors. Could you get the same results by doing your own search? You sure could, but trust us, you don't want to: Many of the maps we've found here are nearly impossible to find in a Web search; one of the goals of this site is to save you that step and get you outside that much sooner.

What

To be included in this site, a map must be:

  • Free. We don't point to any pay-for-access sites, and you won't pay to access them here.
  • Useful. The map needs to be reasonably legible and show trails.
  • Unique. Many maps (state parks in particular) are hosted in multiple places; we only link to the primary provider's version.

Whatnot

Things you won't generally see:

  • City parks, unless there's some reasonably wild component and/or a connection to something reasonably wild. An exception to this are rail-trails that pass through cities.
  • Maps which describe specific hikes or rides, unless they provide other context.
  • "Locator" maps: Many sites will show you an outline of an area, the main entrance/parking, or some point within the area. These might get you there, but aren't much help beyond that.

Contact / Blog

Contact us if you know of a map that we should include, encounter a broken link (or any other technical issue), have a question, would like to sponsor the site, etc. etc.
masstrails@gmail.com | www.Masstrails.blogspot.com