WAITSFIELD, Vt. — The Northern Forest Canoe Trail, or NFCT, that stretches from Old Forge, N.Y., to Fort Kent, Maine, was named “Best Canoe Trail 2011” in the July issue of Outside magazine.
Nationally, there are dozens of water trails in the United States and according to the “Outdoor Recreation Participation Report 2010” by the Outdoor Foundation, approximately 20 million Americans participated in some form of paddling (canoeing, kayaking, rafting) in 2009. The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is the only water trail that traverses four states and crosses an international border.
Kate Williams, executive director of the nonprofit Northern Forest Canoe Trail, said in a press release that, “The Trail and the communities along it are world-class destinations. Recognition as “Best” by Outside magazine affirms our vision for the trail as a powerful connector of people and place through the experience of paddling.”
Also this week, two segments of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail were included as part of a listing of “Top 10 Fishing Destinations” by Family-Outdoors.com. The Allagash River in Maine and Adirondack Park in New York were included.
Family-Outdoors.com has provided “quality and unbiased” fishing, hunting, camping and general outdoor information since 2008 and is “written for families and family-oriented sportswomen and sportsmen of all abilities and from all regions.”
The Northern Forest Canoe Trail follows historic native paddling routes on the rivers and lakes of northern New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and the province of Quebec. The organization celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2010 and is the longest inland water trail in the United States.
NFCT serves as an inspiration for those with a passion for canoeing and kayaking and catalyzes rural economic growth by developing nature and heritage tourism opportunities in partnership with local small businesses. Most paddlers approach the trail in sections, enjoying the wildlife viewing, fishing, hiking and community events that can be enjoyed in the various rural destinations along the route. NFCT’s 13-map series, Guidebook, and online Trip Planner support paddlers of all abilities to craft a journey that fits their interests.