Through Woods & Waters: A Solo Journey to Maine's New National Monument

Maine's Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument was two years young when Laurie Chandler embarked on a unique journey. After trekking its panoramic peaks on the International Appalachian Trail, she traded her hiking boots for a solo canoe. Taking the long way round, the author followed age-old waterways into the upper watershed of the Penobscot River’s East Branch, then descended its wild waters and quiet byways, through the heart of the monument. Hers is a story of shared discovery, highlighting the region’s rich history and natural wonders.  

The fun NFCT connection is that Laurie paddled to the monument from the west end of Seboomook Lake, following part of maps 11 and 12, including two alternative NFCT sections that she had not been on before: above Roll Dam on the West Branch and the Allagash Lake loop into the Allagash. 


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