This brand-new title from the Appalachian Mountain Club is your indispensable guide to 50 of the best day hikes in central Massachusetts. Spotlighting the region west of Boston and east of the Berkshires, this guide covers the wild beauty of Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, and Worcester counties, including Royalston Falls, Mt. Grace State Forest, the historic Mohawk and Keystone Arches trails, and beloved mountains such as Tully, Holyoke, and Tom. Both visitors and locals alike will find inspiring hikes in this volume offering a variety of trails for all ability levels and interests. An at-a-glance trip planner highlights the best hikes near public transportation, as well as those for kids, dogs, and winter snowshoeing and skiing. With GPS coordinates for all trailheads, turn-by-turn directions and information on time, distance, and difficulty for each hike, as well as enriching essays about the area’s natural and social history, this is your quintessential guide to exploring the trails of this verdant, scenic, and rugged region.