Bart Smith Photography

​Walking Down a Dream

​New England Trail

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    Foggy morning at Long Island Sound where the New England Trail begins. Guilford Ct.
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    Seashells on the estuary at Long Island Sound at the Southern Terminus of the New England Trail. Guilford Ct..
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    The Whitfield House in Guilford is the oldest stone house in New England. When completed, the New England Trail will go by The Whitfield House in Guilford CT.
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    Overlooking Meyerhuber Pond from Bluff Head view point along the Mattabesette Trail section of the New England Trail. Connecticut.
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    Fog enshrouded woods of Beseck Mountain along the Mattabesett Trail section of the New England Trail, Connecticut
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    Juniper Tree with distant hiker on a trap rock ledge along Higby Mountain from the Mattabesett Trail section of the New England Trail, Connecticut, June.
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    Infinite Dust on trap rock ledges along Higby Mountain from the Mattabesett Trail section of the New England Trail, Connecticut, June. Photo by Pathfinder
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    Fungus beside trail along Higby Mountain from the Mattabesett Trail section of the New England Trail, Connecticut, June.
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    Busted! Infinite Dust caught photographing fungus on old stump along Higby Mountain from the Mattabesett Trail section of the New England Trail, Connecticut, June. Photo by Pathfinder
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    Pathfinder crossing interstate 91 along the Mattabesett Trail section of the New England Trail, Connecticut, June.
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    Pathfinder getting a "bonus lunch" at Marilyn Kerbys' Hot Dog Stand at exit 20 on Interstate 91 along the Mattabesett Trail section of the New England Trail, Connecticut, June.
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    Jewelweed near Lamentation Mountain on the Mattabesett Trail section of the New England Trail, Connecticut, June.
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    Filtering water from puddles atop Lamentation Mountain on the Mattabesett Trail section of the New England Trail, Connecticut, June. Photo by Pathfinder
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    Many services are provided at this junction on Spruce Brook Road and State Road 15 which demarks the end of the Mettabesett Trail and the beginning of the Metacomet Trail sections of the New England Trail, Connecticut, June.
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    Unique establishment just off the New England Trail along Highway 15. Connecticut.
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    Overlook of outskirts of Plainville from Metacomet Trail section of the New England Trail. Connecticut, June.
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    Trail passes through cave on Rattlesnake Mountain along the Metacomet Trail section of the New England Trail. Connecticut, June (The hiker is Ron Strickland, founder of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail)
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    New England Trail on Rattlesnake Mountain along the Metacomet Trail section of the New England Trail. Connecticut, June
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    Trail along Farmington Mountain along the Metacomet Trail section of the New England Trail. Connecticut, June (I used the old fashioned technic of breathing on the lens causing condensation to get the dreamy look)
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    Pathfinder outside rapper 50 Cent's home along the Metacomet Trail section of the New England Trail. Connecticut, June
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    Infinite Dust resting on dike near Hartford Reservoir along the Metacomet Trail section of the New England Trail. Connecticut, June. Photo by Pathfinder
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    Mountain Laurel along trail in Penwood State Park along the Metacomet Trail section of the New England Trail. Connecticut, June
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    Bugs view up through leafy swamp undergrowth near Lake Louise in Penwood State Park along the Metacomet Trail section of the New England Trail. Connecticut, June
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    Bugs view up through leafy swamp undergrowth near Lake Louise in Penwood State Park along the Metacomet Trail section of the New England Trail. Connecticut, June
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    Infinite Dust, Pathfinder and Cory Reyenolds outside nice restaurant in Tariffville. Connecticut, June.
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    Snake skin, East Granby Mountain along the Metacomet Trail section of the New England Trail. Connecticut, June
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    Near Springfield Reservoir along the Metacomet Trail section of the New England Trail. Massachusettes, June
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    World renown wildlife photographer Bart Smith photographing the elusive slug. Photo by Pathfinder
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    Slug, East Mountain along the Metacomet Trail section of the New England Trail. Massachusettes, June
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    Trail passes under Interstate 90 along the Metacomet Trail section of the New England Trail. Massachusettes, June
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    Pathfinder under Interstate 90 along the Metacomet Trail section of the New England Trail. Massachusettes, June
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    Rainbow from East Mountain Ridge along the Metacomet Trail section of the New England Trail. Massachusettes, June
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    Radio Towers atop Mt Tom along the Monadnock Trail section of the New England Trail. Massachusettes, June
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    Dramatic Traprock outcropping on Mt Tom along the Monadnock Trail section of the New England Trail. Massachusettes, June
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    This oxbow on the Connecticut River was made famous by Hudson Bay painters. Dry Knob along the Monadnock Trail section of the New England Trail. Massachusettes, October
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    Connecticut River from the Summit House atop Mt Holyoke along the Monadnock Trail section of the New England Trail. Massachusettes, June
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    Viewing deck on Summit House atop Mt Holyoke along the Monadnock Trail section of the New England Trail. Massachusettes, June
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    Gardener Snake along Mt Holyoke along the Monadnock Trail section of the New England Trail. Massachusettes, June
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    Forest along Mt Holyoke Range on the Monadnock Trail section of the New England Trail. Massachusettes, June
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    Bugs view of Forest along Mt Holyoke Range on the Monadnock Trail section of the New England Trail. Massachusettes, June
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    Spider outside its ground dwelling on Mt Hitchcock on the Monadnock Trail section of the New England Trail. Massachusettes, June
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    Pathfinder squeezing through narrows along Mt Norwottock on the Monadnock Trail section of the New England Trail. Massachusettes, June
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    Urban section of trail near Lake Holland on the Monadnock Trail section of the New England Trail. Massachusettes, June
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    Lyons Brook Shelter on the Monadnock Trail section of the New England Trail. Massachusettes, June
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    Indian Pipe growing on the trail in in Mormon Hollow on the Monadnock Trail section of the New England Trail. Massachusettes, June
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    Remnants of historic industrial works along Mormon Hollow near Millers River on the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail section of the New England Trail. Massachusettes, June
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    Remnants of historic industrial works along Mormon Hollow near Millers River on the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail section of the New England Trail. Massachusettes, June
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    Remnants of historic industrial works along Mormon Hollow near Millers River on the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail section of the New England Trail. Massachusettes, June
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    Farley Bridge crossing Millers River near the village of Farley on the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail section of the New England Trail. Massachusettes, June
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    Falls Brook above Royalston Falls near Trustee Shelter on the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail section of the New England Trail. Massachusettes, June
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    Eastern Red Spotted Newt, Mt Grace State Forest on the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail section of the New England Trail. Massachusettes, June
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    Glacially polished rock on Mt Monadnock. New Hampshire, Oct
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    A toast to "the great wide open" from Higby Mountain along the Mattebesett Trail section of the New England Trail, Connecticut, June.
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    Infinite Dustus Von Goofus

Summary of the Trail




2009 - New England NST

This trail combines three New England Trails that date from the 1930s - the Metacomet - Monadnock Trail, the Mettabessett Trail, and the Metacomet Trail into a 215-mile route linking together 41 communities in Connecticut and Massachusetts.  A new segment - the Menunkatuck Trail - links these trails to the shore of Long Island Sound. The combined pathway explores iconic New England landscapes along both the western and eastern ridges of the Connecticut River Valley, known here as the Pioneer Valley.  Its establishment as an NST and protection were strongly supported by Rep, John Olver (D-Ma).  Since designation, segments in Massachusetts have been relocated from private lands to state-owned public lands.  This Trail is administered by NPS in close cooperation with the Connecticut Forest and Park Association and the Berkshire Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club.

(See Wikipedia and related websites under "New England National Scenic Trail")