Leaf Peeping with a Paddle

Waitsfield, Vt.  Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) has come out with their recommendations for Fall paddling along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail in the Adirondacks. Photo by Northern Forest Canoe Trail.great paddling locations to catch views of the autumn fire this year.  The group recommends paddling along the regions waters to give a new perspective on seeing the gold, red and yellows of autumn. 

“For many visitors and residents, the spectacle of autumn is taken in from the roads and walking trails.  There is however no better way to get a new perspective on the spectacle than from a canoe or kayak,” says Kate Williams, Executive Director of NFCT.  “An early morning or late day paddle surrounded by the quiet and color of the season is a quintessential Northern Forest experience.”

The group recommends these trips for the leaf peeper who loves to paddle or who is looking for a new way to look at the forest and the trees:

New York:  Explore the Fulton Chain of Lakes from Old Forge and Inlet to Long Lake.  The crowds of summer have dwindled and the maples look just right next to groves of pine.

Vermont:  The Missisquoi River from East Berkshire to Richford and East Richford is sure to please with not only great peeping along the way but some fine fishing and that classic Vermont landscape too.  You can continue on into Canada on the river (passports required) where the sugar maple is king.

New Hampshire:  Head to the heart of Coös County and the whitewater and wildlife in Errol. The Androscoggin River and nearby Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge are great places to see the North Country autumn up close and personal. 

Maine:  Falls happens a bit earlier in Maine, but the leaves are spectacular and the views of the western Maine mountains from canoe or kayak on a still morning should not to be missed.  Visit the Stratton-Eustis area for a taste of the Maine autumn.

Northern Forest Canoe Trail promotes the region and the communities and businesses that call it home by working with local partners to offer packages specifically geared towards paddlers.  To learn more visit: http://www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/Itineraries&VacationPackages-3/NFCT-Vacation-Packages-58.

The Trail is the longest paddling trail in the nation and runs from Old Forge, New York through Vermont, Québec, and New Hampshire to Fort Kent, Maine.  In 2011 the Trail was named “Best Canoe Trail” by Outside Magazine and in 2012 the magazine named the Trail a “Best East Coast Adventure.”


The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a 740-mile paddling trail tracing historic travel routes from Old Forge, New York to Fort Kent, Maine.  Northern Forest Canoe Trail Inc., is internationally regarded as the preeminent water trail organization in North America, connecting people to the Trail’s natural environment, human heritage and contemporary communities by stewarding, promoting and providing access to canoe and kayak experiences along this route.

To learn more visit www.northernforestcanoetrail.org or call 802 496-2285.

Media Contact:  Kevin Mack, Director of Partnerships and Marketing, 802 535-5855.


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