Paddle your way through history on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail as it wanders through the Northeast Kingdom. The entire 740-mile trail traces Native American travel routes linking the watersheds of northern New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire and Maine. The Northeast Kingdom section follows the Clyde and Nulhegan on a 60-mile trip from Lake Memphremagog to the Connecticut River. Depending on where you put in, you can enjoy a smooth day of paddling or an adventurous push through rapids. You will portage frequently if you make the entire trip to the New Hampshire border. Scenery is your reward: a panoramic vista, a young moose nibbling on grass. The trail was officially completed in spring 2006 and is managed by volunteers.
Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, located in northeastern Vermont, has long embraced the ideals that comprise National Geographic's geotourism programs. Geotourism, as defined by the National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations is "tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place. It's a destination where you can have an authentic travel experience without harming the place." Jonathan Tourtellot, director of the Society's Center for Sustainable Destinations, describes the NEK as "the real Vermont...This is rural America at its most nostalgic, enlivened by a vibrant cultural arts community and the wonderful Vermont scenery. There are scenic back roads to drive, quaint little towns to explore, wonderful hiking in the summer and great skiing in the winter." To ensure the development of a geotourism program that is true to the Kingdom, a Geotourism Alliance was established to help steward the formation of this program. Today, this Alliance is comprised of over 20 member organizations who provide input and support as the Northeast Kingdom Geotourism Program evolves.