Paddling the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Paddling the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Dan Tobyne


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The 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail is the largest inland water trail in the United States. The trail follows the traditional travel routes of Native Americans, including the Wabanaki and Iroquois, as well as their Paleo-Indian ancestors.

Beginning in Old Forge, New York, and ending in Fort Kent, Maine, the NFCT

encompasses 58 lakes and ponds, 22 rivers and streams, 62 portages totaling more than

55-miles. With just over 347 miles, Maine is home to more of the trail than any other state and it is the wildest, least populated section. The Canoe Trail in Maine includes Umbagog, Moosehead, Rangeley, Flagstaff, Chesuncook, and Chamberlain Lakes, as well as the entire 92-mile Allagash Wilderness Waterway.

This is a guide for doers, as well as dreamers. Practical information on paddling, gear, safety, plus maps will help you get started; and the beautiful photography will inspire you to prepare and help you stay motivated until it’s time to head out.

A paddle on the Canoe Trail is a trip through time as canoeists and kayakers discover the rich Native American and forestry history of the region, pockets of pristine wilderness, and an abundance of wildlife, including moose, bear, deer, beaver, bald eagles, and loons. It’s the backwoods paddling experience of a lifetime.


Dan Tobyne:
Dan Tobyne is an artist member of the Marblehead Arts Association and member of the Griffin Museum in Winchester, MA. His work is on display in collections throughout New England and is featured in the books Thoreau’s Maine Woods, Scenic Maine Road Trips, and Beachcomber’s Guide to New England.