Water is limited on this trail; please carry an adequate amount or a means of filtration.
Section 18 of the New England Trail starts off Route 78, in Warwick. It runs along an old woods road, through a Pine and Hemlock forest. It runs along various grades of trail and roads to Old Winchester Road. Turn right to follow the road. The trail turns left off Old Winchester Road and heads into Warwick State Forest. The trail turns left, again, to follow alongside Richards Reservoir.
There's also a blue-blazed alternate that travels around the eastern edge of the reservoir. It travels clockwise around the reservoir, passing by a few small view spurs. It crosses over Richmond Road and traverses around the base of Mallard Hill. Richmond Road is signed as being a blue-blazed alternate that cuts off a mile of trail (I don't have this mapped, yet). The trail turns left to follow Tully Brook; even though the water's black, this is about the only water source along this section of the NET. It climbs up to Mayo Hill (1,371 ft.), then descends down to Parker Road(?).
Here is where the Richmond Road blue-blaze connects from the North. It descends to an open area, referred to as the Sand Delta. It follows some gravel roads through the Bald Hill valley. Once the trail reaches Bliss Hill Road, it ties into the Tully Trail
. Here, the NET, M &M, and Tully Trail
all coincide. It follows the road to the left, then turns right into the woods. It runs east until it hits Route 32, just outside the Royalston Falls Parking Area. Section 18 of the NET ends here.