The 235-mile New England National Scenic Trail (NET) has been in existence for over half a century. This federally-designated trail travels through 39 communities in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and is comprised primarily of the historic Mattabesett, Metacomet, and Monadnock (MMM or Triple-M) trails. VIEW MAP »
The principal stewards of the NET are AMC's New England Scenic Trail Management Committee (NET Committee) in Massachusetts and the Connecticut Forest and Park Association (CFPA) in Connecticut. The NET Committee currently consists of four members: the NET Planner, the Trails and Shelter Adopter Coordinator, the Training Manager, and the NET Committee Chair.
Overseeing 98 miles of the NET in Massachusetts and 18 miles of the MMM Trail in New Hampshire, the NET Committee:
Meets monthly October-April and then bimonthly during the months of May-September.
Trains and recruits Trail Adopters for the 19 sections it maintains.
Makes site assessment visits for potential work party projects, involving more in-depth trail needs, such as bog bridging, water bar installation, tent platform construction, and rock step work.
Coordinates a Spring meeting and training event, as well as a Fall Trail Adopter appreciation dinner.
Keeps the Trail Adopters updated on new training opportunities that include chainsaw certification, wilderness first aid (WFA), and other trail maintenance workshops.
Although each committee member has an assigned role, the committee works as a team to promote AMC's mission following established trail standards, including proper blazing and signage, and trail corridor definitions. This teamwork approach results in a safe, enjoyable trail experience for the diverse hiking community that utilizes the New England Trail.
Please contact our NET Committee Chair or New England Trail Coordinator if you are interested in getting involved.
All activities are subject to cancellation due to poor weather conditions. Check volunteer opportunities on outdoors.org for up-to-the-minute additions not yet shown here. Not all activities may be posted yet.
All committee members are volunteers. Feel free to contact us with any questions, concerns or suggestions you may have.
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The AMC Trails Program is committed to the protection and care of the trails and backcountry campsites of our region and the experiences they provide. Through the high quality work of dedicated volunteers and staff, the trails program promotes stewardship, public service, and ethical recreation.
Adopt the NET!
View of the NET in Section 3. Photo credit: Jeannette Pierce.
AMC, the United States Forest Service, the State of New Hampshire, Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and other trail clubs and organizations cooperatively maintain thousands of miles of trail in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine. AMC's Adopt-A-Trail Program provides the opportunity for volunteers to perform basic maintenance on some of these trails. Trail Adopter Handbook »We currently have an opening for an adopter on Section 3 of the New England Trail (NET). Please contact the Western MA NET Committee for more information.
NET Section 3
Section 3 begins at the edge of the Westfield River. The Westfield River is often crossable on foot, however, there is a volunteer who is available to drive people when the water is too high. The roadwalk to go around the river is 3 miles.
Meandering below a level, sandy plateau and passing below the Pioneer Valley Sportsman's Club, this section of trail returns to higher ground when reaching the West Springfield Municipal Watershed land. The bridges on this section are old and will be replaced in the near future.
The Lane Quarry is visible through the trees to the west as the trail heads north on West Springfield's public water supply land toward the Mass Pike.