~ G.K. Chesterton
RePosted from The Country Walkers Catalog
This special adventure on the rugged Maine coast will carry you deep into a one-of-a-kind landscape carved by the ages from stone and salt water. Here, dense balsam forests spill onto a magnificent rocky coast teeming with natural wonders, and sweeping views of timeless ocean and unbounded sky wait on the many trails that lace the shore. Travel from the charming town of Bar Harbor to mountain-summit panoramas that reach their apex atop Cadillac Mountain, the Eastern Seaboard’s highest point.
By Kate Williams Have you ever paddled under a hotel? How about along a river that was once completely full of logs, but now runs free? And if "almost roughing it" describes your preference, have you considered a multi-day inn-to-inn paddling trip? All of these scenarios are possible on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. And several lifetimes of equally enticing human-powered experiences are available in the Northern Forest Region, which extends from the Adirondacks to northern Maine.
Whether you are a paddler, a hiker, a birder, a biker, a history buff, or all of the above, this region is full of unique and wonderful opportunities. As Executive Director of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, I am fortunate to get to learn about these opportunities and meet the energetic and visionary people who steward and share them. I’ll be writing in this space every couple weeks, and look forward to connecting you with these special places and people, and hope my words will inspire some of you to pick up your paddle or lace up your shoes and start exploring. That hotel you can paddle under? It’s the Clyde River Hotel, in the village of Island Pond, Vermont. Visit www.northernforestcanoetrail.org. See more on “Paddles Needed” in our Plan a Trip section. [caption id="attachment_122" align="alignright" width="221" caption="Kate Williams"][/caption] Kate Williams, Executive Director of NFCT has worked in the fields of outdoor recreation, education and conservation for fifteen years. She served an instructor with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).With the Trust for Public Land, she sought to expand the conservation community's ability to connect land and people in meaningful ways Kate and husband Rob are avid Nordic skiers, runners and hikers, and live with their two children in Waitsfield, Vermont.