New England Trail/Metacomet-Monadnock Trail: MA Section 15
ElevationAscent: 837' 255 m
Descent: -1,257' -383 m
High: 1,161' 354 m
Low: 395' 120 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“This section of the NET extends from Lake Wyola to Route 2.”— David Smith
Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Historical Significance · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife
Need to Know
Most of this trail is signed as Metacomet-Monadnock (M & M) Trail, though these two trails might follow the same corridor. After crossing over Montague Road, the trail turns left to follow along the Carlton-Dirth Trail. When it arrives at the Ruggles Pond Loop Trail, it coincides with the west spur to the parking area at Wendell State Forest.
In a short distance from the parking area, there'll be a shelter on the right. The water source is the outflow brook from Ruggles Pond (in front of the shelter); the closest outhouse is located at the parking area. The trail continues following old woods roads through a small area called Hidden Valley Memorial Forest. Lynn's Falls Trail can be used as a small alternate to the NET, but the waterfall appears to be seasonal. The dry rock canyon offered no waterfall when I went in late August.
The trail turns right onto Jerusalem Road, then quickly turns left uphill (above the stacked cliff). It travels along the ridge, passing by two lookouts (both on the left).
When the trail turns right to follow along Davis Road, it becomes a little dicier. The road is washed out and littered with loose rocks. Right after the bridge, the trail turns left to follow along the brook. Here, you'll pass through the gateway of an old stone dam, along with some remnants of an old mill. At the road, the trail turns right, then left onto Farley Road. It follows Farley Road and Bridge Street to its end at Route 2.
Flora & Fauna
Fungi: Russula Mushrooms.
Land Manager: Wendell State Forest - Mass DCR