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.
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 Fall 2020/Winter 2021
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
CLOSURE: A portion of Section 1 in Southwick/Agawam, MA will be closed starting January 18th, for a small logging operation. Trailheads will remain open but no reroute is in place. For your and others’ safety please keep out of the area and off the closed portion of the trail until further notice. The closure is anticipated to last until mid-March.
CLOSURE: A portion of Section 16 in Northfield, MA will be closed due to logging starting January 22nd. Hikers going north from Erving State Forest will be diverted onto Old Wendell Rd until it meets up with the new relocation at South Mountain Rd.
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.