“Not all who wander are lost.” – JRR Tolkien
Hiking is the thrill of being immersed in nature, taking in the sights and the sounds, and discovering something new. Hitting a trail is a favorite pastime for a lot of MA residents—the state actually boasts over 2,000 miles of trails, many of which lead to one of the more than 400 waterfalls (so literally, you can go chasing waterfalls). However, hiking stoned? Well, that adds a whole new level of enjoyment to any hiking excursion.
Smoking Weed and Hiking
So, why do smoking weed and hiking go together? Cannabis seems to enlighten a natural bridge that connects the human mind to the natural world. Many people find that they can enjoy hiking and exploring nature when they are using cannabis when they may have physical impediments that prevent those experiences otherwise. Here are a few things to keep in mind about smoking weed and hiking:
- Safety and Etiquette – Be respectful around others, especially children. Know what route you intend to take so you don’t get lost, and consider bringing along a friend. For some, camping can be a better alternative than hitting a trail because you have a home base to chill at once you get a buzz.
- What to Bring – Grab some extra water for dry mouth and extinguishing anything you smoke. If you prefer, cannabis vapes are a good alternative to burning joints in an area where fire may be risky.
- Legal Considerations – Steer clear of national or federal land, and make sure you know the policies on cannabis use wherever you choose to hike. Some state-owned properties can still decide they don’t want cannabis use within certain areas.
Top Hiking Locations in MA
You can find so many great places to hike in Mass, with or without weed involved. But there are a few good ones that offer incredible views, relatively easy trails, and some excellent private spots to sit back and take in nature along the way. A few to consider:
- The Blue Hills Skyline Trail – Located near Quincy; Moderate
- The Rock Circuit Trail – Stoneham; Moderate
- Ponkapoag Pond Trail – Milton; Easy
- Highland Farm Loop – Belmont; Easy
- Eight Mile Tour – Southborough; Intermediate/Difficult
Where to Find 420 Friendly Camping in Massachusetts
Massachusetts is still a relatively new weed-legal state, so not a lot of public campgrounds owned by the state condone cannabis use on site. However, you will find a few privately owned campgrounds that will have no qualms about you chilling with your weed at the campsite. Check with the policies of any particular campground, be discreet, and be responsible. You can find a few good places on Airbnb that are 420-friendly, such as the Cabin in the Woods in the Berkshires. And, some campgrounds are so private and secluded that you could likely enjoy cannabis without being bothered.
Don’t Forget a Trip to a Massachusetts Dispensary Along the Way
As you make your way out into the natural wilderness of Mass, be sure to swing by a good dispensary to grab your cannabis before you go. You’ll find Canna Provisions dispensaries in both Lee and Holyoke, and our menus are always fully stocked with everything from top-notch bud to edibles. If you’re in a hurry, check out our menu online and place an order for pickup so your selection will be ready when you arrive.