Northern Forest Canoe Trail
THE PROJECT CONCEPT:
This 740-mile water trail links the watersheds of northern New York, Vermont, Québec, New Hampshire, and Maine, and is a unique thread tying together the Northern Forest Region. The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NCFT) traces historic Native American travel routes through the rivers of this region, and is a living reminder of our history, where rivers were both highways and routes of communication. Flowing with the stories of Native Americans, European settlers, and the development of mill towns and the timber industry, the Trail's rich heritage can become the basis of widely accessible, environmentally friendly tourism in many of the small communities along the route.
THE VISION: Our goals are to create a recreational paddling trail that clearly highlights local community resources and attractions, and that is managed and maintained by community-based stewardship organizations along the waterway. We are developing a series of 13 route maps covering the length of the long-distance water trail. These waterproof, full-color maps are created in coordination with local organizations that have been identified as section hosts for the Trail, including regional tourism and economic development agencies, community action groups, and regional planning commissions. The NFCT hopes to involve more than 40 communities through which the Trail passes, creating a community-by-community effort linking Old Forge, New York and Fort Kent, Maine. Join us!