The New England Trail (“NET”) is a 215-mile/346km National Scenic Trail that traverses the traprock ridges through central Connecticut and Massachusetts. The trail was formally designated a NST in 2009, born from the linkage of the existing Metacomet, Monadnock and Mattabesett trails. It begins at sea level at the Long Island Sound, and climbs to 1,617 feet/493m on the summit of Mt. Grace in Northern Massachusetts. The NET offers panoramic vistas and close-ups of New England’s natural and cultural landscape: traprock ridges, historic village centers, farmlands, hardwood forests, wetlands and vernal pools, lakes, streams, steep river valleys and waterfalls.
I hiked this trail Northbound in sections over 6 different weekends, so the blog posts were somewhat infrequent: