Closures & Notices

The conditions and status of the trail are never fixed.  This is where you can find information about trail relocations and closures (both permanent and temporary). We greatly appreciate your feedback, so if you see a problem while on your hike, please report it here.

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Trailwide Closures & Notices

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. 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.

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

Specific Land Closures

  • Overnight Sites:
    • Richardson-Zlogar Cabin: Closed until further notice.
    • Mount Holyoke Outing Club Cabin: Closed through 2020
    • Primitive Tentsites and Shelters: Open. Use is at the camper’s own risk and social distancing measures are encouraged. No sanitation maintenance currently in place.

Please See Links below for our New England Trail Organizational Responses

Hunting Season 2020

The 2020 Hunting Season has begun on the NET. Be sure to wear bright visible colors (blaze orange is best) while out hiking. Specific information by state is available below.

Connecticut –  2020 Summary of Hunting Season PDF

Massachusetts – 2020 Summary of Hunting Season

Massachusetts Closures & Notices

SAFETY NOTICE: For hikers on the northern sections in Massachusetts, the mosquito-borne disease EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis), has been detected in mosquito samples within the past 48 hours in the NET town of Wendell. Those recreating in the area should consider taking precautions such as avoiding hiking when mosquitoes are most active, utilizing repellents, and wearing long sleeves and pants. Click here for a continually updated risk map put out by the State of Massachusetts.

 

 

CLOSURE: A portion of MA Section 1 in Agawam will be closed for 3-4 days in September 2020 for a timber harvest. This will be updated when dates are confirmed and signage will be posted. Please stay out of the area and do not attempt to hike around it.

CLOSURE: For those looking to continue their hike on the NH Metacomet-Monadnock please note there is a logging operation at Gap Mountain commencing August 10, 2020. During that time a portion of this section of the Trail on Gap Mt. will be closed. However, access to Gap Mt. from the Nort Parking Lot is still possible. However, we strongly advise NO day hiking on Gap Mt. as the current heavy use of this mountain makes social distancing difficult, particularly at the summit. 

 

PARKING Section 16 (Erving) – Please be aware that parking is now prohibited on the south side of Bridge St. including the pullout, per landowner request.

REROUTE Section 5 (Holyoke) – Per request of Holyoke Water Works and MassDEP, the section of trail between 202 and Apremont has been routed. Please follow new blazing and signage.

REROUTE Section 16 (Northfield) – The roadwalk on Gulf Rd has been rerouted and now goes from South Mountain Rd onto private and town conservation land. Please follow blazing and respect the landowners.

Connecticut Closures & Notices

Click here to see trail conditions in CT. This links to all trail notices for the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail System in CT. You can find the NET under the trail names Metacomet, Mattabesett, and Menunkatuck.