Trail Towns

Where it all comes together!

NFCT Trail Towns are trailside and gateway communities that connect you to your destination. Discover rustic waterside charm, intriguing histories and the differing ways each community has transformed through changing times. Trails, mountains or bodies of water, good roads for biking, and more help locals and visitors alike will find enticing opportunities to explore the landscape and cultivate an active relationship with the outdoors.

Every community along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail has something to offer paddlers on their journey. We encourage you to check out our Trip Planner Tool and discover the variety of services available to you. Whether you need lodging and a restaurant, camping options and a re-supply, shuttle, guide or livery service or just an internet connection Trail Towns are there to support your adventure.

Trails Towns

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Old Forge, NY

Old Forge is the western terminus of the NFCT routeand has a strong orientation toward paddling. Every September, the weekend after Labor Day, the community is transformed by the arrival of the historic Adirondack Canoe Classic race, which starts in Old…


Richford, Vermont

  Located just south of the Canadian border, Richford is a small town with a big vision. Start your adventure here! Davis Park provides easy access to the Missisquoi River right in town. Pedal your shuttle on the Missisquoi Valley…


Errol-Berlin Corridor, NH

The mighty Androscoggin flows south through wild and beautiful country between the Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge and the former mill town of Berlin. This stretch of river has long been a prized stretch for Northeast paddlers, and it is…


Stratton-Eustis, Maine

Imagine, if you will, a small community tucked into a bay on the western end of a vast lake. Rimming the lake’s southern shore is a striking, inviting mountain ridgeline that beckons hikers to explore. Beneath the lake’s surface is…


Saranac Lake, NY

  The heart of the Tri-Lakes region in the Adirondacks, Saranac Lake is an outdoor recreation hub — and quite literally celebrates paddling. From playing host to the ‘Round the Mountain Canoe & Kayak Race and welcoming 90-Miler finishers after…


Long Lake, NY

  Long Lake is the gateway to one of the most popular stretches of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail — the Raquette River. Nestled in Hamilton County, Long Lake is a small, unassuming community for most of the year, but…


Tupper Lake, NY

Perhaps one of the most picturesque locales in the Adirondacks, Tupper Lake is surrounded by premiere paddling destinations: the Raquette River, the Oxbow, Stony Creek, Tupper Lake, Simon Pond, Upper Saranac Lake, Fish Creek and so much more. This old…

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