Coronavirus/COVID-19 and the New England Trail

The New England National Scenic Trail remains open!  Please check the website of the area you plan to visit to see if the property owner has any restrictions in place and we ask that you keep in compliance with state and Federal stay-at-home guidance. Although we may be discouraging group gatherings, we are encouraging the safe use of the New England Trail. It’s important we have a venue for physical health and mental wellness, especially during times of stress. A hike on a favorite segment of the NET can be a respite from the uncertainty around us. The Trail is a perfect place for slowing down, gathering your internal resources, and gaining clarity. That said, if you have symptoms, have tested positive, or have been in contact with someone who has symptoms/tested positive to Coronavirus/COVID-19, please refrain from using the NET.

We encourage healthy, symptom-free hiking on the New England Trail, but to avoid popular locations known for heavy use. We ask that you practice social distancing at trailheads and along the Trail, especially at scenic overlooks.

Please be aware that all volunteer activity on the NET is currently suspended in Massachusetts through June 4th, and that there is lightened volunteer activity in Connecticut. This may result in more rugged trail conditions in some areas. Please continue to notify us of any issues you encounter on the trail through our reporting form.

Visit American Hiking Society for information on how to hike and be outdoors responsibly no matter where you are. 

Overnight Sites: 
            Richardson-Zlogar Cabin: Closed until further notice.
             Mount Holyoke Outing Club Cabin: Closed through Summer 2020
             Primitive Tentsites and Shelters: Closed. 

Please See Links below for our New England Trail Organizational Responses

Appalachian Mountain Club

Connecticut Forest & Park Association

National Park Service   

Welcome!! The NET is a 215-mile long-distance hiking trail from Long Island Sound in CT to the MA/NH border.  Please follow the the link to learn more about the trail. Learn more.

Short Essay: The Meaning of "Place" on the New England National Scenic Trail

"So muc h of what a place means to us is tied to our ability to observe and process changes in a landscape over time and space..."  - Ben Cosgrove, NET Artist-In-Residence

As Ben wraps up his year-long residency along the NET, he is putting pen to paper to reflect upon his journey through the New England landscape. Read his most recent essay to learn about how the New England Trail plays a huge role in defining his understanding of place within this landscape!


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