215 miles through iconic New England landscapes
The New England National Scenic Trail (NET) is a 215-mile hiking trail route that has been in existence for over half a century. The NET travels through 41 communities in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and is comprised primarily of the historic Mattabesett, Metacomet, and Monadnock (M-M-M) Trail systems.
The NET travels through classic New England landscape features: long-distance vistas with rural towns as a backdrop, agrarian lands, un-fragmented forests, and large river valleys. The trail also travels through colonial historical landmarks and highlights a range of diverse ecosystems and natural resources: mountain ridges and summits, forested glades, wetlands and vernal pools, lakes, streams and waterfalls.
The principal stewardship partners of the New England National Scenic Trail (NET) are the Connecticut Forest and Park Association (CFPA) in Connecticut, and the Berkshire Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) in Massachusetts. The primary role of the National Park Service is to assist CFPA and AMC in implementing the "Management Blueprint" and coordinating the expenditure of federal funds for trail management and protection. A Trail Stewardship Council (TSC) has also been assembled in both CT and MA to help guide implementation of the Trail Management Blueprint.
CPFA and AMC work to organize and several hundred volunteers throughout the bi-state trail system, whose annual efforts provide thousands of hours of invaluable service to the NET. Our volunteers come from many different backgrounds, including individual hiking enthusiasts, community groups, college outing clubs, and landowners.
New England National Scenic Trail Planner
Appalachian Mountain Club
Trail Stewardship Director
Connecticut Forest and Park Association