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Northern Forest Canoe Trail: Section 7

The 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail traverses some of the most scenic paddling country in the northeast. The NFCT follows three main rivers through New Hampshire - the Connecticut, the Upper Ammonoosuc and the Androscoggin.
Trail Activity
Length
72.4 miles, One Way
Difficulty
Easy, Moderate, Advanced
Towns
Brunswick (VT), Cambridge (NH), Dummer (NH), Errol (NH), Maidstone (VT), Milan (NH), Stark (NH), Stratford (NH)
Surface
Lake/Pond, River/Stream
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

This section of the NFCT follows three rivers. Paddlers can find reliable water flows and ample camping opportunities on the wide Connecticut River as it flows through a bucolic, fertile valley. The smaller Upper Ammonoosuc River meanders through a wild floodplain forest before picking up the pace near Stark. The Androscoggin is a large river with a mix of Class I-II rapids and flatwater sections above Pontook Dam and at Umbagog Lake, along with excellent fishing.  

In order to safely experience the Northern Forest Canoe Trail in this region, please bring the NFCT Section 7 map with you on your trip. Trail Finder is not intended to be a comprehensive resource along this trail.

Other Information

To learn more about this region and plan your trip, visit the Northern Forest Canoe Trail website. There you can:

  • Buy waterproof maps and a guidebook, which describe local regulations and attractions
  • Use the Trip Planner Map Tool to locate outfitters, guides, and other amenities
  • Learn about the trail and its unique history
  • Become a Northern Forest Canoe Trail member or volunteer
  • And much more!

CAMPING RESERVATIONS: Most campsites on this section are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations are required at Mollidgewock State Park. Camp only in designated sites.

This section of the NFCT goes through a patchwork of public and private lands. Camping and access sites along this section of trail are a result of NFCT collaboration with the partners and landowners. Please respect landowners and use only designated access points and campgrounds.

WATER CONSUMPTION: The Connecticut River passes through active agricultural land. The NFCT recommends bringing water from known safe sources for your trip.

PRIVATE LAND CONSIDERATION: Many trails are comprised of both public and private land. Trail organizations work to secure landowner agreements and maintain public use through stewardship and maintenance efforts. Each campsite, trail, and access point may have a different code of conduct required by trail users. More information about specific user requirements and guidelines can be found in the resources -- website, map, or guidebook -- provided by the trail manager. As a trail user it is important to understand and uphold these codes of conduct to allow future use of these locations.

Trail Manager

Visit Northern Forest Canoe Trail online for more information or contact:

Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Northern Forest Canoe Trail
Noah Pollack
PO Box 565
Waitsfield, VT 05673
Phone: 802-496-2285
info@northernforestcanoetrail.org
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Trail Tips

Minimize Campfire Impacts
Keep campfires small and contained to established fire rings in permitted sites only.
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Trailhead Information

There are many access points to the NFCT in New Hampshire. Parking areas are marked by icons on the map. For more information, visit the Northern Forest Canoe Trail website.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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Safety
Be a Safe and Respectful Paddler
Paddling conditions will vary according to the weather and season, so always exercise caution and always wear a lifejacket. With good judgment and proper equipment, the risk associated with paddling can me minimized. Respect the natural world and the rights of landowners, and be considerate of other outdoor enthusiasts. Paddlers should seek to avoid causing erosion, trampling vegetation, disturbing wildlife, and harming water quality.
Ecology
Stop the Spread of Aquatic Invasives
When moving from one body of water to another make sure to do the following to stop the spread of invasive aquatic organisms: - Visually inspect your craft and remove plants, mud and debris - Eliminate water from all of your equipment - Clean and dry anything that came into contact with water - Wear quick-drying shoes
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