The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a historic 740-mile paddle route that travels through New York, Vermont, Québec, New Hampshire, and Maine.
I [Teton] first discovered the NFCT while hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2014. After shopping for resupply at a small convenient store in Andover, Maine, I noticed a small flyer for the canoe trail pinned to their bulletin board. It was brief, concise, and all I needed to know - I was convinced. At that moment I knew one day I would tackle this incredible feat. Time passed and I waited for the perfect opportunity, the thought of paddling the Northern Forest Canoe Trail constantly residing in the back of my head. Soon enough, I scheduled my departure date and began preparing for the epic 740-mile journey. On August 16, 2016 I began my journey. I left Old Forge New York, and began paddling east towards Maine. After a challenging 52 days, full of ups and downs, unforeseen obstacles, and diverse beauty, I accomplished my goal - landing in Fort Kent, Maine on October 6th. During my trip I took thousands of pictures and journaled daily. Below you may read those entries, view those pictures, and get a taste for what a through paddle of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail is really like.
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