High-Tech Trailheads on the New England National Scenic Trail

Last month I wrote about the advent of high-tech trailheads that feature QR codes—and predicted that they would become increasingly common in the future. Seems the future is already arriving along the New England National Scenic Trail in Connecticut. This spring the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) started posting QR codes at what have been dubbed "eTrailheads."

Upon scanning the posted QR code at the CFPA eTrailheads, visitors are directed to a welcome page where they can download a free trail map, trail description, or access more information such as trail alerts. (A range of free apps for reading QR codes can be downloaded for both iPhone and Android platforms.)

The CFPA maintains the state's Blue-Blazed Hiking System, which includes the southern half of the long-distance New England National Scenic Trail (NET). To date, six eTrailheads have been posted along the NET: Mt Higby (Middlefield), Seven Falls State Park (Middletown), Tynan Park Connector (Middletown), Ragged Mountain (Berlin), Giuffrida Park (Meriden), and Brooks Road (Middletown).
Here's a video about the new eTrailheads from WFSB Channel 3 news in Connecticut, which includes an interview with CFPA staffer Clare Cain.

Regardless of how high-tech trailheads might become, remember that a paper hiking guide and map never break or run out of batteries when you need them most!

Have you visited (and used) an eTrailhead? Was it helpful? Or not? Please share your experience!

More recent posts about electronics and the outdoors:
Four Reasons the iPhone Fails as a Backcountry Device
Do GPS Units, Digital Cameras, and Other Electronic Devices Work in Cold Temperatures?
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“Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.

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