Covid-19 and the NFCT
Please note: Everyone must follow any and all state-issued mandates for travel. Currently, all states on the NFCT have issued “stay at home” orders. Under these guidelines, all paddlers should stay close to home, wherever that is. The US Canada border is closed, as are all campsites in New York. We recommend holding off on travel plans until it is safe to do so and these restrictions are loosened. Until this guidance changes, we cannot recommend thru-paddle attempts.
The team at the Northern Forest Canoe Trail continues to track the best public health guidance for being outside during the coronavirus pandemic. We’ll be using this page on our website to track advice, tips, best practices and recommendations if you plan on paddling in the coming weeks.
Getting outside and active, even for short periods, is good for your mental and physical health. That said, we’re all in this together, and we must be responsible — avoid crowds, stay close to home, be prepared and be respectful of other people
The COVID pandemic has impacted our spring events, and may impact our summer work trips. Learn more.
We can’t stress this enough: now is not the time to take unnecessary risks while engaging in outdoor activities. Our the healthcare sector is under enormous stress, and we must be responsible.
Contact info & other resources
We are always available to provide advice before you paddle. If you have any questions, please contact someone from our team:
- Executive Director Karrie Thomas, [email protected]
- Stewardship Director Noah Pollock, [email protected]
- Communications Director Chris Morris, [email protected]
- Office Manager Marthe Peterson, [email protected]
- The Leave No Trace Recommendations for Getting Outside During Covid-19
- New York State DEC: COVID-19 Adirondack Backcountry Information
- Safety tips for using Vermont parks and trails
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- New Hampshire Fish & Game: Battle Coronavirus Mental Fatigue By Going Outside
- Maine: How to exercise outside while practicing social distancing