Paddling and cycling enthusiasts will converge in Richford, Vt., on Saturday, Aug. 7, to participate in the Missisquoi Paddle-Pedal event, hosted by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) and in partnership with the Upper Missisquoi and Trout River Wild & Scenic Committee.
The Paddle-Pedal is a family-friendly activity that combines a 6.5 mile paddle down a Wild and Scenic section of the Missisquoi River and 5 miles of cycling on the adjacent Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail. Advance registration is required.
“We encourage folks to bring their family and friends, or enter individually,” said NFCT Stewardship Director Noah Pollock. “This is truly a community event for all ages and abilities, and a great way to plug in with recreational opportunities in and around Richford.”
The Paddle-Pedal course loops between Richford and East Berkshire, where the Missisquoi River passes through a scenic pastoral valley, and the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail offers cyclists a traffic-free cycling experience with sweeping mountain vistas. Information on bike and boat rentals can be found on the event page.
Participant check-in will run from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. in Richford’s Davis Park, with an awards ceremony to follow. The family-oriented celebration of the Missisquoi River coincides with the Richford River Fest, which includes activities for kids and music. This year will also feature free bike helmets and fitting for kids.
The NFCT is grateful to lead sponsors the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Committee, the Northern Tier Center for Health, Jay Cloud Cyclery, the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail and RISE VT.
For more information or to register, visit bit.ly/paddlepedal2021 — NFCT members get a 15 percent discount.