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Hiking and Thru-hiking Guide to the New England Trail (NET)


The New England Trail is a curiosity – a National Scenic Trail winding its way through sleepy Connecticut and Massachusetts towns, with very little camping involved. It lends itself to an atypical thru-hike, one with many stays in towns close to the trail and few thru-hikers. But for those looking for a unique experience wandering through southern New England, accessible across three seasons, and enjoying town food, mossy glens, and rolling green hills, this may be the hike for you!

I started hiking on the NET in 2012; it’s where I cut my hiking teeth and I’ve returned countless times over the last 12 years. I’ve traversed the entire NET twice (including the +18mi NH segment), as a day hiker, trail runner, and backpacker. I’ve run the entire MA NET in long sections 3 times in the last 3 years, and do trail runs on my local NET sections multiple times a month. I have lived less than 10 minutes from the Massachusetts NET for the last 8 years, and lived less than 10 minutes from the Connecticut NET for the 4 years before that.  

Continue reading the full article written by Aubri Drake here.


March 22, 2024

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