New in Vermont on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

 

For Immediate Release
July 6, 2010

Contact: Kate Williams, Executive Director
Northern Forest Canoe Trail

802-496-2285 or [email protected]NFCT Vermont Overview map

WAITSFIELD, Vt. – Kayakers and canoeists will find improved portage trails, new and rehabilitated campsites, and new information kiosks for the 2010 paddling season along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) in Vermont.

Trail staff and volunteers completed projects last year on the historic 740-mile waterway in New York, Vermont, Québec, New Hampshire and Maine. NFCT, Inc., the non-profit organization that manages the trail, will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year.

"In 10 short years we have translated a wonderful idea into a mapped, accessible recreation resource of national significance," said NFCT Executive Director Kate Williams. "We are grateful to our community partners, and to the paddling community for supporting and encouraging this endeavor. We are looking forward to the next decade and beyond."

Lumber-cribbed steps have been added to the Highgate Falls portage trail access point on the Missisquoi River. Side-hilling and tread resurfacing were also completed on the portage trail.

Signage was improved and overgrowth was cleared along a Nulhegan River portage trail, while an outhouse, picnic table and welcome signs were added to the Samuel Benton campsite on the Connecticut River in Maidstone.

Post and beam information kiosks now stand at the Bridge of Flowers and Light on the Missisquoi River in Enosburg Falls, and beside Island Pond in the Northeast Kingdom.

Paddlers on the trail in Vermont can use the new NFCT Guidebook to help with trip planning and learn about attractions and services along the route in the state. In Vermont and Québec the trail follows 174 miles of lakes, ponds, rivers and streams once used as travel routes by Native Americans and early settlers.

There are now nearly 50 public access points along the NFCT in Vermont, and more than 30 paddler campsites on public and private land. To learn more about the Northern Forest Canoe Trail in Vermont visit www.northernforestcanoetrail.org or call 802-496-2285.

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About the Northern Forest Canoe Trail: The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a 740-mile inland paddling trail tracing historic travel routes across New York, Vermont, Québec, New Hampshire, and Maine. NFCT, Inc. is internationally regarded as the preeminent water trail organization in North America, and connects 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.

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