Paddlers can follow an ancient route on a new historic water trail that begins in New York’s Adirondack Mountains and ends 740 rugged miles later in Maine, thanks to the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT), which recently located its office in Warren, Vermont.

The nonprofit NFCT is devoted to creating a historic water trail that winds from the Adirondacks to Fort Kent, Maine, just downstream of the confluence of the Allagash and St. John Rivers. The trail is the longest inland water trail in the Northeast.

Former Mad River Canoe management team member Rob Center was recently named as the NFCT’s fulltime executive director after serving as the organization’s part-time executive director for the past two years. The organization has awarded $35,000 to communities along the trail to develop access points, portages, signage and campsites for the trail.

“The Northern Forest Canoe Trail celebrates communities and it will be built and maintained by local communities,” said Center. “There is a piece of the trail for most everyone – beginners, experts, canoeists, and kayakers, and even people who never paddle but wish to learn about the region’s history through the trail.”

For more information about the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, click on Northern Forest Canoe Trail.