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Northern Forest Canoe Trail Trip Itineraries

New York     Vermont/Quebec      New Hampshire      Maine

Northern Forest Canoe Trail itineraries offer you access to some of the finest whitewater and flat water paddling of our 740-mile trail. If you are looking for adventure and to be replenished in a wild and unscripted place, seek no further. Saranac lock, New York by Mary Sloat

These itineraries include the services of expert local guides who will organize logistics and offer insight into local human and natural history. They also highlight some of the best lodging, dining and shopping establishments in the region.

Click on the itineraries below for detailed tours that we have created with local partners to help you experience what is unique and interesting along our route.  

New York


Vermont / Quebec

    Multi-Day Itineraries:  

  • Water Scenes & Edible Greens: No other place in Vermont is like the Champlain Islands! This itinerary provides a visitor with a guide to making the most out of the paddling, cycling, hiking, and local food experiences the region has to offer.
  • Fresh Food & Fresh Air: Richford and the surrounding countryside in Northwest Vermont is home to an abundance of recreational opportunities and local agricultural experiences. This itinerary describes options for crafting a weekend getaway to this region, full of local food and fresh air.
  • Island Pond and the Upper Clyde: A two-day trip featuring paddling and fishing on the wild Clyde River, scenic Island Pond, and beautiful Spectacle Pond in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.  Itinerary highlights both paddling opportunities and the camping, lodging, boat rental and shuttling services available.
  • Inn To Inn Along The Clyde: This itinerary identifies opportunities for inn to inn travelling along the Clyde River as it traverses 40 miles of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.The area is rich in wildlife and is known for its abundant and diverse fisheries, ample bird life, and rewarding paddling.
  • Inn To Inn Along the Missisquoi River: Meandering through mature floodplain forests and pastoral valleys - and even cross the international border if you'd like- while staying at unique B&Bs along the way.
    Missisquoi River young paddler
  • Montgomery Marvels: A two-day vacation combining a paddle on the Missisquoi River with mountain hiking in the Jay Peak area.
  • Kingdom River Rambles:  A two-day vacation featuring paddling on the Clyde River, Lake Memphremagog's South Bay, and the Black and Barton Rivers. Inns, camping, and great dining options are nearby, as are boat rentals and shuttling services.
  • Northeast Kingdom Pedal and Paddle: A two-day exploration featuring paddling on the scenic Clyde River and off-road cycling at the world-famous Kingdom Trails network in East Burke.
  • Missisquoi Pastoral Paddle: A two-night, one day getaway featuring historic lodging and a paddle through the heart of Vermont's cow country. Offers unique opportunities for inn-inn paddling and bike shuttling along a scenic rail-trail.
  • Rivers and Waterfalls: Looking to take an extended family vacation in Vermont? This itinerary describes six days of site-seeing, cycling, hiking, and swimming in the Green Mountains, near the shores of scenic Lake Memphramagog.

    Day Trips:

  • Missisquoi Wildlife Wonders: A one-day paddling exploration of the Missisquoi Wildlife Refuge's calm waters. Excellent potential for wildlife sightings. Area museums and visitor centers provide additional learning opportunities. Camping, lodging, and guided trips available.
  • Lake Memphremagog Day Trip: A one-day paddling exploration of Lake Mempremagog’s South Bay, featuring explortions of the marshy outlets to the Black and Barton Rivers.

The above publications are the result of tax-supported funding from USDA, Rural Development, and as such are not copyrightable.  They may be reprinted with the customary crediting of the source. 

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New Hampshire

  • Connecticut River Valley Wildlife Watch Itinerary: A one-day trip along a beautiful, wildlife-rich and slow moving river. Lodging options include camping, a Bed and Breakfast or motel. Technical paddling skills are not necessary for this journey. Great Blue Heron Connecticut River Lake Clyde Smith
  • Connecticut River Fish, Paddle and Shop Itinerary: A two-day trip featuring local waterfalls, fishing hotspots, and a one-day paddling excursion through the flat and whitewater of the Upper Connecticut River. Lodging options include camping, inns and motels.
  • Upper Ammonoosuc Paddle into the Past Itinerary: A two-day trip exploring the human history of northern New Hampshire. Lodging options include inns, established campsites and a Trailside cabin. This route includes a few brief whitewater sections.
  • Androscoggin River Adventure Itinerary: A three-day trip offering hiking, and white and flat water paddling. Lodging options include inns, motels and established campsites. Whitewater paddling skills are advised for this route.
  • Androscoggin River Valley Paddle and Local Products Itinerary: A one-day itinerary featuring local craftspeople and a lovely paddle on the Androscoggin River's Pontook Reservoir. Lodging options include an inn, bed and breakfast and the Milan Hill State Park yurts.
  • Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge Itinerary: A two day trip describing paddling routes into the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge and nearby hikes. Lodging options include cabins, bed and breakfasts, inns and established campsites (both drive up and remote).

The above publications are the result of tax-supported funding from USDA, Rural Development, and as such are not copyrightable.  They may be reprinted with the customary crediting of the source. 

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  • Almost Roughing It Itinerary:  Follow in the footsteps of north woods explorers from years gone by. But you'll have a few things they didn''ll begin and end your journey in comfort at the charming Pleasant Street Inn B&B, and enjoy a celebratory dinner in downtown Rangeley.  This itinerary includes guided paddling and camping, as well as the comfort of beginning and ending in a clean and warm B&B.
  • Discover the Rangeley Lakes Itinerary:  Known for its fly fishing and sporting camp history, the region is also year-round hotspot for outdoor adventure and wildlife viewing. This itinerary includes a variety of recreational activities (paddling, hiking, biking) to help you fully appreciate this area.Flagstaff Maine kayakers
  • Discover the Valley Below:  Just beyond the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain lies a magnificent valley to be discovered. Historic Flagstaff Lake, at nearly 30 miles long, wrapsneatly around the base of the striking Bigelow Mountain Range.  This itinerary helps you access both lake and mountains, and to learn the rich history of the area. 

Accompanying this itinerary, we have lots o' options for accessing detailed information about our Valley Below Brochure:

  • GPS  Download either the .gpx or Excel file containing GPS points for the 36 historic points. Enter them into your GPS and have a great trip! If you would like to see a Google maps overview of these points, download and save the .gpx file (below), go to GPS Visualizer, and upload the .gpx file to the website.

Valley Below GPS Points (Excel)

Valley Below GPS Points (.gpx)

  • PAPER  To order paper copies of the Valley Below brochure, please email us.  Preview it as a pdf here.
  • SONG / VIDEO  Whatever you do,  take a few moments to check out this song and video that provide an additional feel for the Valley Below story:   Below, by Slaid Cleaves
  • VACATION PACKAGE  If self-guided just isn't your MO, our partners at Maine Huts and Trails are hosting an excellent Maine Woods Discovery package that features this tour.  Pontoon boat tour, lakeshore hut, homestyle meals...what's not to like?  Check it out.

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