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 was designated as a National Scenic Trail in 2009. This unique footpath travels through a classic New England landscape, featuring long-distance vistas with rural towns as a backdrop, agrarian lands, un-fragmented forests, and large river valleys. The trail also traverses past 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.
Thanks to the NET Stewardship Partners, the NET is open to the public for all to enjoy.
- The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) works with the National Park Service to maintain the Massachusetts portion of the New England Trail.
- The Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) works with the National Park Service to maintain the Connecticut portion of the New England Trail.
- The primary role of the National Park Service (NPS) is to assist AMC and CFPA in implementing the "Management Blueprint" while supporting on-the-ground management. The NPS also coordinates expenditure of federal funds for NET management and protection.
For more information or to view an interactive trail map of the New England Trail, visit www.newenglandtrail.org.