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 until further notice.
    • 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

Massachusetts Closures & Notices

Flooded Trails (Sections 17, 18, & 19) – 

Main roads are back open in Northern sections. Be aware road crews out still making repairs. Back dirt roads may still be rough. 
Trails are wet and muddy and each passing storm does not help.
NET crews have been checking bridging and bog bridges.
Water bars are also being cleaned out to enhance flow.
Streams, brooks and low areas still have a good amount of water, with some sections being muddy, plan accordingly. (Posted 07/22/21 2:21pm)
 

While the trails are not officially closed, the Northern section of the NET has received 4+ inches of rain within the past few days, and many roads around the towns of Royalston and Warwick are flooded or closed. Due to these conditions we recommend staying off sections 17, 18, and 19 until the trail has a little time to dry out. (Posted 07/19/21 10:16am)

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.