Voices from the Trail

Northern Forest Explorers 2022: Big Water

On the day we started, it all seemed like a good idea. We put our boats and gear together at the Saranac Inn boat launch on Upper Saranac Lake, said goodbye to parents and family, and got everything loaded. Ruby…

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And Into the Forest We Go

Some months have passed — and seasons changed — since our five-day paddling trip from the beginning of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail in Old Forge, NY, to Long Lake, NY. Though there was certainly magic to our travels, in…

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Still the river flows

It was 2020. A worldwide pandemic had emerged, which changed the nature of school work and play around the globe. And still the river flows. The memory of our really efficient and engaged Northern Forest Explorers trips still bring a…

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Pearsall Foundation supports trip scholarships for kids

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) is grateful to the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation for its support of the Northern Forest Explorers (NFE) program. NFE connects kids with the outdoors in a powerful, immersive way. Our guided NFE…

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Rendezvous on the Raquette

As we admired the sprawling view down Long Lake toward Round Island, I looked around the parking lot and did some mental math: nine paddlers, with an average age of 12, all cramming their gear into dry bags and saying…

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Northern Forest Canoe Explorers bushwack to the Northville Lake Placid Trail

There was no easy way forward. Tangles of overgrown beeches, witch hobble, and fallen spruce loomed in front of us. Miles of cobbled riverbed, at times too shallow to paddle, at times too deep to wade with a full pack, lay…

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A Peek into the Life of a Northern Forest Explorer

From the rapids of the Androscoggin, down the meandering Clyde River, across Blue Mountain Lake and through the quick water of the Connecticut River, the Northern Forest Explorers travel. Nine trips set off last summer with 10-14 year-olds spread out…

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Northern Forest Explorers: Reflections on Year One

By Roger Poor Roger Poor, NFCT Youth Program Director offers a “you feel like you’re there” summary of the 2011 Northern Forest Explorers season. “T minus one month and counting. Another last minute trip to the Adirondacks, gotta hit up…

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Here comes the sun!

By Michelle Davis I walk like a Mainer, talk like a Mainer, eat like a Mainer, paddle like a Mainer. I’ve spent the past month hiking some of the Appalachian Trail on weekends, eating red hot dogs and whoopie pies…

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Row, row, row your boat

By Michelle Davis Hey again, I’m back from my third and final week on the Moose River.  Its funny to see the changes in the river over just three short weeks.  My first trip we had very high water and…

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