Happiness, Hiking and more

Canoeing in MaineRecent accolades for Maine and New Hampshire include:

USAToday Travel named Maine one of the “10 great places to find happiness.”

Outside Magazine’s annual Best Trails special awarded Maine three of their “Bests” and New Hampshire one.

The Best Sea Kayaking Trail went to the Maine Island Trail. Go to the rest of that description here.

Gulf Hagas Loop was named the Best Trail Detour here.

Lastly, Maine and New Hampshire were listed in the Best Canoe Trail with:

One lake, two states, tons of wildlife, and 15 miles of rapids. And that’s just one day on the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail, which arcs across New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire, and Maine. For a weekend sampler, put in at Umbagog Lake, the heart of the 25,650-acre Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, which straddles the Maine–New Hampshire line. Let the loons, bald eagles, and osprey overhead preoccupy you. But as you drift into the Androscoggin River, it’s time to reengage: the 17 river miles to Pontook Dam are full of Class I–III rapids.
(Outside Magazine – July 2011)