North East Backcountry Discovery Route

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The long awaited North East BDR (NEBDR) is our tenth route developed for dual-sport and adventure motorcycle travel.

Crossing more state lines and covering more mileage than any other BDR makes the NEBDR one of the most diverse routes in the BDR series. Every Northeast state delivers a unique adventure motorcycling experience unto itself and while sections can be done over an extended weekend, riders who commit to the entire 1,300-mile route will truly feel as though they had an adventure of a lifetime.

The Butler Motorcycle Map is now available for sale at Touratech-USA and Butler Motorcycle Maps. The film DVD and video-on-demand are also available for purchase.

NOTICE:  The GPS tracks for the NEBDR have been updated and are now available for download labeled version “NEBDR-October2023
Please read important Route Update information HERE before departing.


Section 1: Hancock, NY to Andes, NY – 132 Miles

Make your way to where the east and west branches of the Delaware River converge in the historic village of Hancock, New York— a motorcycle-friendly town, sportsman’s paradise and a perfect place to start the NEBDR adventure. Cross over the West Branch of the Delaware just a mile from the center of Hancock and get ready to warm up your dirt skills on the shady O&W Road Through rural Wayne County Pennsylvania. Adventure Starts to ramp up as you hit River Road, a rugged seasonal track that hugs a steep drop-off high above the DelawareRiver. Cross back over to New York into Callicoon for miles of enjoyable dirt and gravel roads that traverse through forests and farmland and crisscross the East Branch of the Delaware several times. You’ll pass through your first of many covered bridges on the NEBDR in Downsville and then make your way up and around the majestic Pepacton Reservoir on a thrilling stretch of twisty tarmac. Your arrival into Andes includes seasonal dirt roads and outstanding mountain views. You are now on the western edge of the Catskills and Andes is the quintessential Catskill town.

Take a quick ride two miles east from the center of town on Route 28 to the Palmer Hill lookout and experiences panoramic view of the mountains that make up the 600,000-acre Catskill Forest Preserve —

classified as Forever Wild Land in the NewYork State Constitution. Spend the night in Andes and enjoy some local hard cider and culinary treats atWayside Cider or rub shoulders with the locals at the bar/Restaurants in the historic Andes Hotel Supplies Can Be had at the General Store on Main Street or the Tremperskill Country Store about 5 miles outside of the village down CR1.

Section 2: Andes, NY to Copake Falls, NY – 195 Miles

As you head out and get to higher elevation in Andes, at the top of Perch Lake Road You’ll get a glimpse of the expansive Pepacton Reservoir. The Pepacton is one of many reservoirs of the NYCWatershed that supplies NY City with drinking water over 120 miles to the south via a massive aqueduct system. The Catskill Region is known for endless flowing creeks and rivers (or Kills) and you’ll be riding alongside an idealexample on Mary Smith Road through the Delaware Wild Forest. Swimming holes formed by waterfalls and rock formations will tempt you to shed your riding gear and jump in during warmer weather. Shin Creek, a narrow seasonal dirt road takes you through the woods to the Beaverkill Trout Hatchery. Stop in and learn how this 5th generation family-owned business operates. 

Grab some of their delicious smoked trout for a trail-side afternoon snack, they’ll keep just fine in your pannier. Cross Mountain Road does exactly that and when on the other side you’re a few twisty

miles of tarmac away from the eclectic town of Fleischmanns. In the mood for some traditional Moroccan fare? Then stop at Bebert’s Café, it will not disappoint. 

Make sure to have a cup of their high-octane espresso because rocky challenge #1 on the NEBDR is around the corner on CountyRoad 3 up and over the Vly Mountain area. This rugged little track is just a mild prelude to what lies ahead on the NEBDR. For those looking for a more mellow ride there is a go-around available in the GPS tracks. Cool off on some glorious rolling tarmac as you make your way down to Prattsville, the epicenter of HurricaneIrene in 2011 that severely flooded and all but demolished a number of towns in the Catskills. Show your support and consider crossing the bridge and going into town for a meal, supplies, or to stay the night.

Leaving Prattsville, the route follows a flowing dirt road north up along the Schoharie Reservoir

through Gilboa and then a short jaunt up Route 30 lands you in the Burnt-Rossman State Forest

an adventure-riding playground replete with dirt two-tracks full of mud, ruts and deep

puddles in the wet season.

From there you’ll head south through a series of state forest roads and the ski towns of Windham and Hunter. Route 23A is an incredibly scenic tarmac byway that takes you through the Catskills passing by North-South Lake, Kaaterskill Falls and descends down to the historic town of Catskill on the banks of the Hudson River. Look up as you cross over the mighty Hudson on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge and the Olana State Historic Site will be right in your sights.

Take The time to ride up to the top and check out this historic mansion and take in the amazing westward view that encompasses the mountains that span the Catskill Forest Preserve that you just traversed. Enjoy another 35 miles of scenic mixed surface roads through eastern NY and arrive in Copake Falls on the edge of Taconic State Park and the Massachusetts border. 

Gas, food and lodging can also be found a few miles north in Hillsdale.

Section 3: Copake Falls, NY to Readsboro, VT – 143 Miles

Welcome to the NEBDR’s gateway to New England where riders will quickly sense a change of topography as they ascend into the foothills of the Berkshires, with an abundance of bucolic scenery interspersed with fern lined two-tracks under thickly forested canopies. The area is dotted with cozy town centers, white steepled churches and local shops and eateries. The beauty in this area is multi-seasonal and a feast for the senses — from the light green forests with fragrant wild roses lining the route in the Spring to the deep red and orange hues of the sugar maples and the scent of wood fires in Autumn, you’ll be captivated by this magical piece of southern New England.

Enter the very southwest corner of Massachusetts and enjoy a few primo dirt tracks leading south to a quick dip into Connecticut. Theroute then heads north again back into Massachusetts and the Berkshire Mountains that offer an abundance of ADV-friendly state forest lands to enjoy with varied/challenging terrain. These off-pavement highlights will definitely get you up on the pegs and include Beartown State Forest and the menacing October Mountain which will start to raise the bar on technical riding on the NEBDR.

The pinnacle of the Berkshires is the majestic Mt Greylock. The route takes you up a seasonal dirt track to the top, and standing at 3,491 feet tall, Greylock ranks as the highest point in the state of MA with 90+ mile views over the Berkshires to surrounding states of CT, VT & NH. Bascom Lodge — built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) as a waypoint along the Appalachian Trail(AT), is a welcome respite hosting AT hikers and riders alike with meals and lodging from May to October. If you choose to stay the night at this period-perfect, craftsman-style lodge, don’t forget to catch the sunrise from the summit — so beautiful that poet Henry David Thoreau wrote about it.

The thrilling descent from Mt Greylock on pristine tarmac affords riders outstanding views of the region. Savoy State Forest and the notorious rock-littered Bannis Road is not far ahead followed by your final state forest in MA — Monroe State Forest. If you’re up for some off-bike exercise take the 1/4-mile hike to the Raycroft Lookout just off Monroe Road. The panoramic view is well worth the walk. Section 3 ends with some serious challenges as soon as you cross the border into Vermont where Class 4 roads await. Be warned that roads classified as such are very rugged, not maintained, and can become hazardous without notice. Welcome to Vermont!

Section 4: Readsboro, VT to Barnard, VT – 168 Miles

You’re now in the Green Mountain State. Are you ready to experience beautiful pastoral settings, historic mountain roads and architecture dating back to the Revolutionary War? We hope so! Vermonters have a generally laid-back attitude, a strong passion for their home state and are eager to share that passion with friendly and respectful visitors. The roads you will be using to pass through Vermont are beautiful, and in most cases, originally designed for human and animal transport.

They are small and rudimentary and houses are often placed within feet of the road. Many of these roads double as cattle crossings and hiking trails, so safe riding is imperative.

After your introduction to Class 4 roads at the end of Section 3, stop into the Readsboro General Store to fuel up your bodymand your bike. From there the route settles into a patchwork of forest roads meandering through the lower Green Mountain National Forest. The town of Grafton is a wonderful place to stop, spend the night at the inn, or have lunch at the general store. Tip: don’t miss out on Vermont’s general stores, they are all unique and interesting.

There are technical riding bits dispersed throughout this section but after the town of Danby, there are quite a few challenging Class 4 roads. If you find you’re not quite up for it, the main GPS track avoids the more difficult Class 4 roads. Your last gnarly stretch of this section leads you to the town of Barnard where you can gas up and grab supplies at the General Store. There’s camping at Silver Lake State Park And several B&Bs in town or alternatively the town of Woodstock is only 10 miles away.

Section 5: Barnard, VT to Woodsville, NH – 154 Miles

The rougher sections of Vermont settle down for a bit after the town of Rochester where a beautiful bit of pavement will lead you to Robert Frost’s summer cabin in Ripton. There, Frost founded the Broadleaf Writers College and worked on several of his famous poems.

The town of Lincoln offers several camping opportunities — stop in at the Lincoln store and they’ll point you in the right direction. There are local meat and produce purveyors in the area so this may be a great chance to sample some local epicurean delights. From Lincoln there are two mountain pass roads; Lincoln and Roxbury gaps that are connected through the small village of Warren — where there’s yet another great general store.

In Brookfield you’ll cross the Floating Bridge which was originally built in 1820. Some 200 years later it has seen eight iterations, but each with only minimal technological improvement.

After the bridge, there are some rough roads; be prepared to encounter mud, rocks and washouts. Take the opportunity to grab food and fuel in Chelsea because the challenges keep coming all the way until you hit pavement, just shy of the New Hampshire border. Cross the Connecticut River into Woodsville where provisions and lodging are plentiful.

Section 6: Woodsville, NH to Gorham, NH – 229 Miles

Just a few miles up a rural dirt road from Woodsville and after crossing a long, covered bridge, you’ll arrive at the Brick Store in Bath. The Brick Store is the oldest operating general store in the United States, established in 1791. Known for excellent fudge, smoked products, and a fine deli, this is a great place for take-out breakfast and lunch. The owner, Scott, is an avid motorcyclist so be sure to tell him we sent you.

Section 6 winds through picturesque dirt roads from the western border towards the east, passing through woodlands and farm fields, as well as some horse properties. Crossing over Interstate 93, the route takes

Sandwich Notch Road from Thornton to Sandwich, built in 1801 for the farming community that inhabited the area. The road is now a single-lane dirt road that is great fun to ride, but remember that it is two-way traffic at all times. There’s a must stop at a self-service ice cream and cheese shop, the Sandwich Creamery, tucked down a dirt road well off the beaten track. Our favorite flavor was Dirt Road – go figure. 

Soon after you’ll find the magnificent view of Mount Chocorua and Lake Chocorua.Turning north, the route takes the Kancamagus Highway for about ten miles. The highway is named after Chief Kancamagus, “The Fearless One,” of the Pennacook tribe. Scenery of the Swift River and mountains is spectacular before turning on to Bear Notch Road. Forest Service roads in the Bartlett Experimental Forest break up the ride on more dirt before getting through Franconia Notch on NH Route 302. After passing by the Mount WashingtonHotel, the route takes Jefferson Notch Road around the base of Mount Washington. You’ll soon come to appreciate any road referred to as a “notch’ in New Hampshire.

The White Mountains, and especially Mount Washington, are a spectacular sight and the

highlight of the NEBDR. The Mt. Washington Auto Road is not to be missed – it’s a 7-mile

tar and dirt road up to the summit at 6,288 feet. The weather observatory is manned 365

days a year and has recorded some of the highest winds on the planet – 231 mph. Clear

days offer amazing 360-degree views for a hundred miles.

There’s a restaurant and museum at the summit. Nearby Gorham is the perfect White Mountain town to stay the night. If you weren’t able to make it up Mt. Washington when you arrive into town, you can give it a fresh go the next morning.

Section 7: Gorham, NH to Rangeley, ME – 176 Miles

From Gorham the route starts out pretty mellow as you wind through the most eastern part of the White Mountain National Forest.

Just past North Waterford we suggest stopping into Melby’s General Store for some lunch — if you’re a meat eater, we highly recommend their Bison Burger. More miles of dirt riding bring you into Greenwood where the Local Hub will serve as the perfect spot to take a break and grab some refreshments before the final push to Rangeley.From there the route heads north on a more flowing and wide-open dirt road through the Lakes Region. As you ride along Shore Road on the southside side of Rangeley Lake, you’ll pass Rangeley Lake State Park, an ideal setting to set up camp for the night. If you prefer a sit-down meal and lodging you canhead into the town of Rangeley or Oquossoc for the evening.

Section 8: Rangeley, ME to Canadian Border, NH – 67.2 Miles

A great way to start your final day on the NEBDR is to ride the alternate Quill Hill loop. An easy out and back pavement track right out of the center of Rangeley take you up to nearly 3,000 feet and reward you with a breathtaking 360-degree view of Tim Pond, Rangeley Lakes, Saddleback Lake and beyond. Take in the view, have a snack or just warm up by the wood grill. There’s a donation box for those who would like to support this free public treasure.Back on the main track, the route heads west on Route 16, where not far past the town of Oquos soc, riders will take a short detour on Old Route 16. This scenic beaten-up stretch of primitive tar through the forest made for some epic fall foliage drone footage in the NEBDR Expedition documentary film.

After a spirited jaunt down twisty Route 16 the route turns right onto dirt and heads north as it traverses up the Maine/New Hampshire border. This area offers some choice off-route lodging/camping options along Aziscohos Lake. From this point on the NEBDR remains in the gorgeous Granite State. Meandering dirt roads will lead you to Route 3 where you can take a short ride south to grab fuel and supplies before heading north along the Second Connecticut Lake. Just past the lake, riders will dive into the final stretch of remote dirt on the route. About 12 miles in you can choose to turn left and check out the Boundary Pond discovery point.

The NEBDR terminus is just past Rhubarb Pond at the end of a quintessential BDR dirt track just a few hundred yards from the Canadian border. Heading back down to Route 3 gives riders the option to turn south to the historic town of Pittsburg, the northernmost town in NH, or riding north for just a few miles to the Chartierville Canada border crossing.


The Upper Delaware Inn welcomes business travelers, fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts planning an extended stay in the area. You’ll appreciate returning to clean, comfortable quarters after a day of working, fishing or hunting.

Address: 521 West Main Street, Hancock, NY 13783
Phone: 607-637-1600

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Address:289 Starlight Lake Road, Starlight, PA 18461
Phone: (570) 798-2519

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Low-key rooms with Mission-style decor have Wi-Fi access, cable TV, writing desks and sitting areas; some provide balconies. Suites add kitchenettes, and separate living rooms with pull-out sofas.

Address137 E Front St, Hancock, NY 13783
Phone(607) 637-7100

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The Western Hotel – a notable 1852 Victorian mansion now listed on the National Historic Register is located in the picturesque Callicoon on the Delaware. Just two hours from New York City, the Western is an idyllic weekend getaway.

Address: 22 Upper Main St, Callicoon, NY 12723
Phone: (845) 887-9871

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Simple rooms and suites have 2 beds, free WiFi, TVs, coffeemakers, fridges, bathrooms and private balconies with river views. The suites offer microwaves and dining areas. There’s also a 2-bedroom apartment that sleeps up to 8, featuring a full kitchen.

Address: 6945 River Rd, Downsville, NY 13755
Phone: (607) 363-7575

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10 casual, ranch-style rooms in an old-fashioned building with a porch, a classic eatery & a tavern.

Address: 110 Main St, Andes, NY 13731
Phone: (845) 676-4408

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Lodging in the hamlet of Andes, NY
Address: 227 Delaware Ave, Andes, NY 13731
Phone: (845) 707-1410

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Looking for a comfortable getaway from the city, a place to warm up after a long day of skiing, or attending a Catskills wedding?  Margaretville Motel offers rates based on single, double, triple or quad occupancy, and the ability to adjoin rooms for larger parties.

Address: 42480 State Highway 28, Margaretville, NY 12455
Phone: 845.586.4464

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The Americana Mountain Lodge is the perfect waypoint for an overnight stay on any ride thru the northern Catskills mountains. We are located directly on the mountain cloves scenic byway in the beautiful Village of Hunter, New York. Call or check out our website.

Address: 8294 Route 23A, Hunter, N.Y, 12442
Phone: 518-628-5068

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Address: 7 Barnhart Road, Lew Beach, NY 12758
Phone: 845-439-4844

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Secluded escape in the Western Catskill Mountains

Address: 487 Dirt Road, Delancey, NY 13752
Phone: (607) 287-8148

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Awaken to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, baking muffins, and enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast at this beautiful and historic 18th century Georgian colonial.

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Phone – 888-298-8141

Address:  725 North State Rd, Cheshire, MA  01225

Fernwood Forest Campground is family owned and operated. Located in the beautiful Berkshires just off Route 8 in Hinsdale Massachusetts, it offers 44 tent and RV sites on 115 acres of natural woodlands adjacent to the Appalachian Trail. Area golf courses, Tanglewood, Mt Greylock, and other cultural attractions are easily accessible from the campground.

Address: 350 Longview Ave., Hinsdale, MA 01235
Phone: 413-655-2292

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Rustic Arts & Crafts lodge with basic accommodations & a restaurant with views, open July-October.
Address: North Adam Road, Adams, MA 01220
Phone: (413) 743-1591

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The pine-accented rooms have country-style furnishings and decor, plus private bathrooms. The family suite offers 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a living room with a TV, VCR and a minifridge.
Address: 290 VT-100, West Dover, VT 05356
Phone: (802) 464-2474

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Sleep Woodstock Motel, Woodstock’s Unexpected Motel, offers visitors fully renovated, modern, comfortable accommodations, with today’s top amenities, and park-at-your-door convenience. Perfect for all their motorcycle guests. A true motor inn, the motel offers 12 cozy and clean rooms.
Constructed in 1959 this bit of Americana has had a complete to-the-studs renovation. The owners Leslie & Patrick’s love for the area and their historic motel is surpassed only by their commitment to making your stay relaxing. “You’ll sleep well when you put your head on a pillow at our little motel. They promise!

Address: 4324 West Woodstock Rd, Woodstock, VT 05091
Phone: 802-332-6336 p | 914-924-7454 c | 646-792-3320 f


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Cradled by an unspoiled valley and surrounded by the majestic Green Mountains, the Landgrove Inn provides a quintessential Vermont getaway. Innkeepers Tom and Maureen invite you to visit their historic country inn rich in four season activities; experience downhill skiing, cross country and snowshoeing at its finest. Explore nearby villages and cultural spots, or sign up for one of the inn’s world-class visual arts workshops and paint, sculpt and study with the masters.

Address: 132 Landgrove Road, Landgrove, VT 05148
Phone: 800.669.8466

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Warmly decorated rooms feature antique furnishings, sitting areas and Keurigs; some have canopy beds. Suites add separate bedrooms. Some quarters offer soaking tubs and/or flat-screen TVs.
Address: 92 Main St, Grafton, VT 05146
Phone: (802) 843-2248

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Small clean, traditional family-run campground. Electric, non-electric tent sites, one lean-to site, and a bathhouse with hot showers. Each site includes a picnic table and fire pit.  RESERVATIONS ARE NOT REQUIRED except for holiday weekends.

Address: 16 Kenolie Village, Newfane, VT 05345
Phone: (802) 365-7671
Email: [email protected]

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Riders will love direct access to Echo Lake, with a small beach and a dock, and kayaks and canoes complimentary for guests.  Could be quite refreshing for riders after a hot and dusty day on the road.  They also offer a robust breakfast as part of the room fee.

Address: 45 Kingdom Road Ludlow, VT 05149
Phone: 802-265-0920

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Featuring Japanese, Tuscan and Moroccan-inspired decor, the lavish rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and minifridges, plus separate sitting areas with fireplaces. Suites and cottages may add stone hot tubs.
Address: 452 Royalton Turnpike, Barnard, VT 05031
Phone: (802) 234-9999

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Riders outpost with food and lodging near Warren, VT on Section 5.

Address: 7575 Main St Waitsfield VT 05673
Phone: (802)-496-7575

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Practical hospitality in the heart of the Mad River Valley.

Address: 731 Vermont Rt. 100 Warren, VT 05674
Phone: +1 (802) 496-3084

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Casual rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minifridges, along with microwaves. Upgraded rooms add balconies and/or whirlpool tubs. Suites feature sitting areas and kitchens.
Address: 4982 Dartmouth College Hwy, Woodsville, NH 03785
Phone: (603) 747-2418

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Barn Door Hostel, located in Rumney New Hampshire, sits directly on the NE BDR. It specializes in hosting outdoor enthusiasts such as Appalachian hikers, rock climbers, off road riders, and even hosts a BMW motorcycle rally each June. The facility is situated on 9 acres of open field and rolling hills, with a cold brook for morning pick-me-ups! They offer camping options, bunk options, private accommodations, and “glamping” (GLAMorous camPING) with structures such as a converted short bus with a tiny stove, and a yurt/tipi hybrid. You can book directly on the website, or call during office hours (3-10pm daily)

Address: 30 Stone Hill Road Rumney New Hampshire 03266
Phone: 603-254-1700

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Ranked #1 on Trip Advisor for Gorham NH hotels and a great location in the down town area. We offer a variety of Gorham NH lodging options for families, couples and business professionals. Were also one of the only hotels in Gorham NH that are pet friendly. We are one of the busiest hotels in Gorham NH located in the White Mountains & take pride in offering our customers cozy comfortable bedding with all newly remodeled hotel rooms.

Address: 265 Main Street, Gorham, NH 03581
Phone: 603-466-5496

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The 9 individually decorated rooms feature country-style decor and sitting areas. Most have private bathrooms, others share facilities. Some provide mountain views.
Address: 1107 Main St, Lovell, ME 04051
Phone: (207) 925-1575

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Warmly furnished rooms feature free WiFi, coffeemakers and cable TVs. Upgraded rooms and suites add flat-screens, pull-out sofas and/or fireplaces; suites offer separate living areas, whirlpool tubs and decks. Private condos with dining rooms and kitchens are also available.
Address: 21 Broad St, Bethel, ME 04217
Phone: (207) 824-2175

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The casual quarters feature traditional decor and come with en suite bathrooms, TVs and free Wi-Fi. Relaxed, 2-room suites add pull-out sofas, whirlpool tubs and balconies with water views. Laid-back rooms in an adjacent lodge further add minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers but do not have air-conditioning.
Address: 2443 Main St, Rangeley, ME 04970
Phone: (207) 864-3341

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The Philbrick Family is a second generation owner, carrying on a family tradition of providing you with the services that will make your stay a most pleasant and enjoyable one. Bald Mountain Camps started in the 1800’s as a sporting camp. We carry on that tradition today adding modern conveniences.

Address: PO Box 332 125 Bald Mountain Rd, Oquossoc, ME 04964
Phone: 207 864-3671

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We are located 7 miles North of Sugarloaf, 16 miles from Rangeley, 1 mile from Flagstaff Lake and many fishing brooks and streams.

The Bigelows and the AT Trail are close by, hiking trails, biking trails, snowmobile trails and adventures! If you love the outdoors then this is the place for you!

Address: 8258 Carrabassett Rd, Stratton, ME 04982
Phone: (207)-246-6571

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Overstuffed sandwiches, hot pizza, cold & hot drinks, essential pharmacy and grocery items can now be found where hardwood stacks of wooden cylinders awaited the likes of Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle. The former Louisville Slugger Factory is now home to The Old Bat Factory Mobil Mart, owned & operated by Bass Enterprises of Hancock, NY. America’s newest, and most historic Mobil Mart offers the finest gas, diesel, oil, and petroleum products, along with everything the hungry and weary traveler might need on his journey.

Address: 593 W Main St, Hancock, NY 13783

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Hancock General Store has coffee, healthy snacks, to-go snacks, some outdoor seating and off-street parking.

AddressPark Place / Elm StHancock, NY 13783
Phone: (845) 674-3535

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Aegean Flavor Greek Food Restaurant

Located In the Catskills (Catskill Mountains), in Upstate NY – Northeast USA

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Owner is a fellow Dual Sport Rider

Address: 932 Main Street, Fleischmanns, NY 12430
Phone: (518) 339-1451
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12-6:30 PM

The Andes General Store serves local products & local needs 7 days a week.

Address: 103 Main St, Andes, NY 13731
Phone: (845) 676-6091

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The Andes Hotel is a bar, restaurant and hotel in the adorable town of Andes, New York in the Catskills.

Address: 110 Main Street, Andes, NY 13731
Phone: 845.676.4408

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Food, gas, and bait — Homemade baked goods and a smile.

Address: 1024 Co Rd 1, Andes, NY 13731
Phone: (845) 676-3244

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Address: 55 Main Street, Andes, New York 13731
Phone: (845) 676-3322
Hours: Saturday: 8:00am – 6:00pm / Sunday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

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Family owned & operated restaurant open for breakfast & lunch specializing in traditional American fare & comfort food. Ice cream in summer. Check site or call for hours.

Address2102 State Route 30, North Blenheim, NY 12131
Phone(518) 827-5588

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Proudly owned and operated by the Shaver family for 5 generations.
Address: 8 Alder Rd. Livingston Manor, NY 12758
Phone:(845) 439-4947

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Bebert’s makes the Best Moroccan Condiments
in the World in Upstate New York!

Address: 1164 Main St, Fleischmanns, NY 12430
Phone: (646) 979-7798

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Sap Bush Cafe, also located at 832 W. Fulton Rd, is open every Saturday from 9-2.  There you can enjoy a fabulous farm-to-table meal, or sip lattes & nibble fresh pastries from our espresso bar.  They also make a fabulous bloody Mary!  Their meats, wool products, local (and not-so-local)  beer & wine are also available for purchase.

Address: 832 West Fulton Rd
Ste 2
West Fulton, NY 12194

Your stop for delicious deli sandwiches and salads, staples and splurges for the kitchen and pantry, and the place to meet up for coffee and a chat while in Warren.

Address: 10 Cornwall Rd, Warren, CT 06754
Phone: (860) 868-3354

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Great deli and coffee shop right on the route in Becket, MA

Address: 30 Washington St, Becket, MA 01223
Phone: (413) 729-6366

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Family owned and operated offering tasty sandwiches, a wide variety of ice cream flavors & shakes, and a relaxing space with shaded picnic tables.

Phone: 413-346-8109

Address:  13 Main St., Cheshire, MA  01225

Charming country store with full deli, beer, wine groceries, lottery, gas, Vermont Maple products, and take out options.

Address: 6828 Main St. Readsboro, VT
Phone: (802) 423-5477

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A store was first built on this site in the mid-1840s. The first post office in Bridgewater was established in the store in the 1860s and was located here until just before World War II (1941). The store was burned to the ground in 1889 by burglars and was rebuilt on the original foundation and open again in the spring of 1890. It has served the community since that time as a local gathering place.

Address: 5680 US-4, Bridgewater Corners, VT 05035
Phone: (802) 672-6241

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Established in 1832, The Barnard General Store stands as one of Vermont’s oldest General Stores. Located on peaceful Silver Lake, the store’s rustic wood floors, old fashioned lunch counter, and charming wood stove create a setting that you just can’t find anywhere else.

Address: 6134 VT-12, Woodstock, VT 05091
Phone: (802) 234-9688

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Located on Valley Road in North Waterford, Melby’s Market & Eatery has been providing locals with their grocery and home cooking needs for nearly three decades.

Address: 46 Vermont Rt. 103 South, Chester VT 05143

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We are a small seasonal (May – Dec) country store located at the corner of Route 302 and Wallace Hill Road in Wells River Vermont.  We offer awesome hot coffee all day and cold drinks including a wide variety of craft beer and soda, novelty ice creams and on occasion hot food vendors like Woodfired Pizza, BBQ, and Grilled Cheese.  We have great cell service, are just a quarter mile from fuel and minutes to full services restaurants or a greasy spoon.  We have an onsite restroom for patrons, plenty of shade and front porch to relax on. For BDR riders we offer limited camping for up to four tents at a first come first serve basis.  You can make reservations by calling 802 757 2020, talking to one of the owners during business hours, or it can be used on the honor system if after hours.  Recommended donation, of $25.00 per night per tent.

Address4304 Wallace Hill Rd, Wells River, Vermont 05081
Phone: 802 757 2020

Address: 4761 Dartmouth College Highway Woodsville, NH 03785
Phone: (603) 243-0089

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Located on Valley Road in North Waterford, Melby’s Market & Eatery has been providing locals with their grocery and home cooking needs for nearly three decades.

Address: 927 Valley Rd, Waterford, ME 04088
Phone: (207) 583-4447

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Located on Valley Road in North Waterford, Melby’s Market & Eatery has been providing locals with their grocery and home cooking needs for nearly three decades.

Address: 224 Main St, Greenwood, ME 04255
Phone: (207) 875-0011

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Located on Valley Road in North Waterford, Melby’s Market & Eatery has been providing locals with their grocery and home cooking needs for nearly three decades.

Address: 1007 Main St, Lovell, ME 04051
Phone: (207) 925-1051

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Phone – 413-743-1654

Address:  173 North St. (Rte 8), Cheshire, MA  01225





Started in 2002 in North Hampton by Max Stratton, a trade technician specializing in motorcycle and automobile repair, MAX BMW Motorcycles now operates four convenient locations around the Northeast.

All dealerships feature state of the art repair facilities, door-to-door pick-up and delivery services, organize over 30 community events and classes on top of offering the biggest inventory of new and used BMWs in the Northeast.


This packing list serves as an example and is not intended to be a complete list for your backcountry riding needs. Feel free to customize this list to work for you.

  • Helmet
  • Boots
  • Goggles
  • Gloves (2 sets)
  • Protective gear (pressure suit, Leatt brace, knee braces)
  • Jacket
  • Pants
  • Balaclava or neck gaitor
  • Water bladder or bottle
  • Hydration pack
  • Ear plugs


Below are answers to some of the Frequently Asked Questions about the North East Backcountry Discovery Route.

The North East Backcountry Discovery Route is the tenth route developed by the BDR organization for dual-sport and adventure motorcycle travel. Riders will test their endurance and skills on this epic 1,300-mile backcountry tour of the Northeast Region up to the Canadian border. The tracks wind through seven states and nearly a dozen state forests on dirt and gravel roads, challenging optional seasonal and Class 4 roads, and twisty tarmac. Expect scenic views, endless forest roads under a canopy of trees, rocky expert-only sections and the highest elevations in the Northeast. Every state delivers a unique adventure riding experience unto itself.

The NEBDR uses seasonal roads that open as early as April 30th in NY and as late as May 30th in VT, NH & ME. The earliest the route can be ridden in entirety would be June 1st. Depending on the winter snowfall, the route can be very muddy and slippery in some places during the spring time and early summer. The best time to ride the NEBDR is mid-June to mid-October.

BDRs are generally designed for the average adventure rider on a fully-loaded adventure or dual-sport motorcycle. The NEBDR is suitable for riders with intermediate and above skill level. You can expect to cover sections with deep ruts, loose rocks, sand, rocky hill climbs/descents and other challenges. There are some trails that are very tight. Road conditions change from week to week based on the time of year and recent weather. There also may be some deep puddles/water-crossings especially early in the season.

The route includes a number of Class 4 (unmaintained) roads in Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine that are very technical and are only recommended for riders with advanced off-road skills.

The more difficult track portions of this route are labeled as ALT Harder in the latest version of the .gpx files.  If you wish to avoid these more difficult portions, adhere to the main route track.

Depending on the year, the Northeast can be pretty rainy. If the season is particularly wet, the terrain will be more difficult to ride due to mud, ruts, and slippery rocks. It can also get very hot and humid in July and August. Flies and mosquitoes are an issue in spring and summer – bring bug spray. September and October are ideal months to ride this route as it is typically mild, dry and bug-free.
Be sure to check the interactive map at the top of this page for current conditions and use a reliable weather app on your phone during your ride.

Yes. As with all the BDR routes, the NEBDR was designed for riding South to North, but it can absolutely be done North to South. The route ends at the Canadian border – so there may be a good number of Canadians heading south on the route. Please be prepared for two-way traffic and always remember to Ride Right to avoid head-on collisions around blind corners.

Update: The latest version of the tracks no longer include these OHV portions.  Permits are not required for any other part of the NEBDR.  Please download and adhere to the latest version of the GPS tracks.

Yes. Sections 7 and 8 contain alternate tracks that use the Maine ATV trail system. They are the only areas on the NEBDR that require a permit. The registration fees go towards the development and maintenance of ATV trail systems in Maine. This is an ideal way to help BDR deliver on our mission to preserve OHV riding opportunities. The permit is issued by Maine’s Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and is an online -only process.  Once completing the online application and paying the appropriate fee, a permit will be mailed to you within 30 days. However, you can download and print a “temporary” proof of registration that must be carried with you giving you access to Maine’s ATV trail system immediately. (Please Note: you must choose “ATV” from the list of options to receive the appropriate permit, “motorcycle” is not an option)

Most riders average 150-200 miles a day on a backcountry motorcycle trip. On average it takes 7-8 days to complete the entire NEBDR depending on your personal riding style. Factor in daylight hours – days are much longer in the early season than towards the end of the riding season in the fall. Also keep in mind that you could potentially face challenges along a route of this length – so it’s a good idea to plan for at least one bumper day or even a rest day. And remember, you will need to plan for extra time for the return home after completing the route.

Never pass fuel. It’s one of the golden rules of adventure riding. The longest distance between gas stops on the NEBDR is no more than 125 miles, however if you skip a stop you could be looking at a 200+ distance. Even if your bike’s range is way beyond the fuel stop distances, we recommend carrying extra fuel.

The NEBDR includes some of the most densely populated states in the US, but like other BDRs, the NEBDR runs through remote areas that in some cases offer minimal lodging opportunities directly on the route. Motels and Inns are universally available in small towns both along and slightly off route. Some lodging options are listed on the NEBDR page. Most of these small towns have a limited number of rooms, and vacationers from the metro areas flock to these rural destinations during summer and fall to enjoy all sorts of activities. Hence, it’s advisable that you plan properly and make reservations when possible.

We highly recommend that to plan your adventure on the NEBDR, you use online lodging/travel aggregators in addition to the listing of lodging options on the NEBDR page and the NEBDR Butler Map.

Public campgrounds are plentiful along the route but tend to book up especially during the summer. A few of the public campgrounds are identified on the NEBDR map as a small tent icon and are listed on the page. Primitive camping is also available throughout the route but be aware that each state has their own guidelines so it’s advisable to check state websites. Check for a listing of campgrounds along the route on

In most cases camp fires are allowed, but check with local Ranger Stations to determine if campfires are allowed before you build one. In most cases, campfires are only allowed in fire rings. Be sure to fully extinguish fires so they are DEAD-OUT. Use water to ensure a fire is fully extinguished and the ground is left cool and wet.

This route cannot be ridden without the use of GPS tracks. Be prepared and bring the NEBDR Butler Map AND your navigation device with the latest NEBDR GPS tracks loaded. Free GPS tracks are available for download on this site. The route can also be navigated using the REVER smartphone app available at The NEBDR expedition documentary film is a great source of information about the route and is available for purchase on DVD at and The film can also be bought or rented via on-demand video platforms like Vimeo and Amazon On-Demand.

Any GPS unit capable of handling 15 track logs with a minimum of 1500 points each is suitable for use on the NEBDR. Garmin models that work best for this application are: Zumo 590/595/395/396, Montana, and 276Cx. Many other GPS units are compatible with the GPX file format, check the owner’s manual of your device for more information.

Cell phone service is very limited on this route so a satellite communication or tracking device is recommended for emergency situations.

Any bike that has a license plate, can run knobby tires, has adequate suspension, can carry the gear you will need, and has enough fuel range. Most adventure or dual-sport motorcycles will be suitable for the trip. However, if you are planning on doing the Class 4 technical sections of route, we recommend a mid-sized or single-cylinder bike for this route unless you are very comfortable on a big bore bike in rough technical terrain. We do not recommend you taking your pride and joy or brand new 1200 cc bike on this route unless you’re prepared to potentially damage it. Even very experienced riders on our team reported being challenged on larger bikes by some of the technical sections of the route during the filming expedition. Choose the bike that you are the most comfortable riding in challenging terrain and that you are not afraid to drop a few times.

DOT approved knobby tires are strongly recommended. Riding this route without a least a 60/40 tire (60% dirt, 40% road) could be dangerous.

Segments of this route can be ridden two-up for those experienced in riding off-highway with a passenger and luggage. However, we strongly advise against riding the Class 4 and other technical sections of this route two-up.

Yes. There are gates and/or barricades along the route – especially in early spring and late fall when seasonal roads are closed. In spring and early summer there may also be temporary closures when towns are repairing washouts and other road hazards. Check the BDR website for route updates before you go.  Various bypass tracks are included in the .gpx file to help riders bypass these seasonal closures.

Please abide by posted road closure signs. Ignoring these signs is a sure-fire way of getting a road closed for good. That said, sometimes locals will post unofficial “road closed” signs on public roads for their own personal reasons. Additionally, a town may not have removed a “closed” sign from a seasonal road – even though the sign right next to it clearly displays the open/closed dates. In these cases, use your best judgment – if in doubt navigate around the closed road and report it to BDR. And please remember never to engage in arguments with local land owners.

We do our best to post the most up-to-date information on our Route Updates Page. We depend on the BDR community to inform us about route and road conditions, so if you encounter any road closures or severe conditions that are worth reporting, please contact us with the information.

There is also a dedicated NEBDR Facebook Group Page. We recommend that you join the group prior to your trip to read trip reports and comments from other riders about their experience on the route.

Don’t forget to use our Interactive Map to get route conditions in real time. Read this Article to a quick tutorial on how to use the Interactive Map.

The Northeast is a habitat for many animals like deer, moose and bear as well as smaller animals like coyote, porcupines, and snakes — all of which make their way to the road at some point. Use caution in heavily wooded areas as animals can and will cross your path along the route – especially at dusk. Appropriate food practices while camping is an absolute must for your safety and the animal’s safety.
Yield to all animals whether wild, domestic, or live stock by slowing down or stopping. Many locals in rural areas keep their dogs off-leash on their property and dogs love to chase motorcycles – be cautious and considerate.

Our greatest concern in developing this route was the close proximity of roads/trails to residential homes. In many cases, the backcountry roads we use have homes along them and/or pass through small villages, whose residents are used to peace and quiet, and might feel disturbed by engine noise and dust made by groups of motorcyclists passing through.

It is absolutely essential that you Ride Respectfully and follow the tips outlined in our Ride Respectfully campaign. Remember, it’s up to all of you to preserve our access – we can easily lose access to many of these roads if we don’t practice proper etiquette. Always represent BDR and the ADV community in the best light.

You can contact Bill Gross, a local from Hancock, NY (located at the start of the NEBDR) who has a few parking lots available for BDR rider to park their vehicles for a fee.  You can reach him at 607-237-3078.

Rating the Routes by Difficulty

We often get requests to provide the difficulty ratings of the BDR. We do not officially rate roads or routes because the difficulty can change from day to day depending on weather, changes in road conditions, and road damage caused by a variety of forces including wind, storms, flooding, snow, logging, forest fires and more.

The difficulty experienced by an individual also depends on their off-road skills, level of fitness, stamina, bike size and amount of weight carried on the bike. For these reasons we can’t provide a rating system like a ski resort or OHV park.

We can help you a bit by ranking the existing Backcountry Discovery Routes from most difficult to least difficult. Here is the list: CABDR-South, NEBDR, AZBDR, ORBDR, WYBDR, UTBDR, COBDR, NVBDR, WABDR, NMBDR, IDBDR, MABDR.

So CABDR-South is the most difficult especially if you ride the expert sections and MABDR is the easiest in general terms. Although MABDR is the easiest there are still a few challenging rocky sections and the several water crossings that can get very difficult if the water is high.

Be sure to also review the FAQ’s for each route and our General FAQs prior to embarking on your trip.

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