AMC is marking the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System by teaming up with partners to host the NET Hike 50 Challenge on the New England Trail – featuring special events, prizes, stewardship days, and more.

Anyone can complete the challenge by earning 50 points. Acquire points by hiking 50 miles on the New England Trail or through various activities such as volunteering, sharing on social media, attending a trail event, and more!

Once you have registered, you will find detailed information including an interactive trail map, suggested hikes, a calendar of events, volunteer opportunities, and tools to monitor your progress during the challenge.

AMC and the Hike 50 Challenge

In 2018, the New England National Scenic Trail will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act with a Hike 50 challenge. This year we join with the other 29 National Scenic and Historic Trails in celebrating this milestone. Learn more about the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act and check out challenges on the other trails!

Challenge Guidelines:

The rules of the challenge are simple. Anyone who hikes 50 miles on the NET during the 2018 calendar year will receive a special edition 50th anniversary New England Trail patch. Hiking, however, is not the only way to earn 50 points and complete the challenge. This year we welcome you to design your own Trails 50 Challenge in a way that fits your lifestyle by offering a list of alternate ways to earn points and celebrate our trail. In addition to receiving a patch upon completion, AMC and CFPA in partnership with NPS will be offering prizes and free resources for those who sign up for the challenge, and a grand prize drawing at the end of the year!

Get involved with AMC:

  • Join fellow participants on a Tuesday hike series of the NET led by our Berkshire Chapter this coming July through September
  • Earn points by volunteering at one of our NET trail work parties held once a month starting in April
  • Attend one our AMC sponsored events for the NET’s artist-in-residence program this March
  • Sign up for hikes and volunteer opportunities on AMC’s activities page

Don’t forget to share your progress and adventures on social media using the hashtags #Hike50NET and #FindYourTrail. AMC and the New England Trail will be featuring participant’s stories and posts throughout the year.

AMC and the New England Trail

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.

Events and Volunteerism

New England Trail work days are scheduled once a month from April through October.
AMC’s Berkshire Chapter will be hosting a weekly hike on the New England Trail in 2018, from July through September.
Visit the New England National Scenic Trail website to view all events and volunteer opportunities.

More Information



Bridget Likely
New England National Scenic Trail Planner
Appalachian Mountain Club


Clare Cain
Trail Stewardship Director
Connecticut Forest and Park Association