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New England Scenic Trail (NET)

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Celebrate National Trails Day on June 5

Celebrate National Trails Day on June 5!

National Trails Day wouldn't be complete without celebrating the New England Scenic Trail (NET), one of Massachusetts' finest National Trails! Several volunteer section adopters, along with a few fantastic Western Massachusetts Chapter leaders, will be showcasing different parts of the trail on June 5th. All registration links are below and will provide the meeting time and length of each hike. Not familiar with the sections? Go to our new interactive Map!

Volunteer-led Activities to Resume after June 22nd

Although the COVID 19 pandemic is by no means over, AMC and the Berkshire Chapter are applying careful evidence-based risk management practices to chart a path forward for volunteer-led outdoor activities to resume safely. 

On June 22 we will begin offering volunteer-led activities in small groups employing social distancing measures. Group size will be capped at ten (10) participants including leaders. Activity leaders are receiving training on new trip safety protocols and procedures. 

TRAILWORK DAY ALONG THE NEW ENGLAND NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL, ERVING LEDGES

Join the New England Trail Committee and AMC-Berkshire Chapter Trail volunteers for an interchapter event: basic maintenance day on NET Section 16. You may know this section for the spectacular Erving Ledges and Hermit Castle. We will do a 5 mile loop hike that will include both of these spots while clearing a few blowdowns, raking out leaves and other basic maintenance as needed. It will be a great way for new people to see what we do on our trails, and ask questions about helping adopt (or co-adopting) a section of trail of your own. Holding up ledges not required.

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High point vista on the NET

Young Members Inter-Chapter Hike on the New England Trail

With half of the autumn leaves still on the trees and the other half covering our path ahead, we all gathered by our cars. Some of us put on our gloves, and some of us wished that we had brought gloves; the cold fall weather came quickly. We exchanged names (and repeated them a few times for memory), reviewed our plan for the day, and then we began our hike.

Celebrate 50 Years of the National Trail System on an NET hike with our adopters!

On October 20th, three of our New England Trail Adopters will be leading a morning hike on Section 16 of the New England Trail in Erving State Forest. This 3.5 mile moderate loop includes beautiful ledge views, a waterfall on the Briggs Brook and the famous Hermit's Castle (pictured). Pre-registration is required and details can be found at: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/108466

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Mike Zlogar speaking

Appie of the Year 2017 | Mike Zlogar

Mike’s involvement most fully embodies the spirit of the award, in this case, given to an individual whose leadership and involvement is very much behind the scenes. Mike is a Steward of Trails . He is a wildlife biologist, a retired fire chief , a leader with the Boy Scouts, and a member of the New England Scenic Trail Committee. Mike is truly multifaceted in his outdoorsmanship.

Learn more about the New England National Scenic trail | Local Meetup

Jones Library 
43 Amity St, Amherst, MA 
November, 30, 2017 
6 - 8 pm 

Come spend an evening with the Appalachian Mountain Club to learn more about the New England National Scenic trail and hear music inspired by the trail, performed by NET Artist-in-Residence Ben Cosgrove. The evening will also include the opportunity to learn about the history of canoes in North America from writer Norman Sims and find out how you can take a canoe on the Massachusetts stretch of the Connecticut River Paddlers Trail. 

* Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. 

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