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 along the trail. 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.
Old Forge, New York
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 Forge. For the rest of the year, a steady stream of paddlers enjoy the mellow waters and excellent access to lodging and food that the Fulton Chain of Lakes provides.
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 Rail Trail that extends all the way to St. Albans. Visitors to Richford also have access to hiking in the Green Mountains, biking on some of the favorite state highways of local riders, and just enjoying the beauty of the pastoral landscape.
Errol-Berlin Corridor, New Hampshire
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 gaining new focus as one of Coos County’s “Grand Adventures,” and also as Berlin in particular reinvents itself around the recreational aspects of the river. Visitors to the area are rewarded with spectacular wildness and remoteness, including regular moose sightings, as well as great outfitters and rustic lodging options.
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 a flood of history, that can be skimmed by boaters of all stripes, and absorbed via a thoughtfully created map guide. Traversing the eastern end of the lake is the Northeasts premier hut system, providing rustic elegance for paddlers, hikers, skiers, and bikers. This is Stratton-Eustis on the shores of Flagstaff Lake, a dammed section of the Dead River, defined by the Bigelow Range. The Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the Appalachian Trail, the Benedict Arnold Trail, and Maine Huts and Trails all converge at this one amazing lake. Do we love it? Yup. And we know you will, too.