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 state delivers a unique 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.

NEBDR LODGING

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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Secluded escape in the Western Catskill Mountains

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

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We are in a regional location with quick access to Taconic State Park, the Berkshires, the Hudson Valley, Tanglewood and a host of other outdoor, cultural & historic adventures.
We offer the “repeat” guest discount ($20/night).  If you specifically mention BDR as the motocycle group, we will reduce the rate.
Address: 9350 State Route 22
Hillsdale, New York 12529
Phone: 518-325-3000

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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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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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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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The 5 cozy rooms with down comforters have private bathrooms, most with claw foot tubs and 1 with a whirlpool tub. Some add ceiling fans, gas fireplaces and mini fridges.
Address: 1868 N 116 Rd, Bristol, VT 05443
Phone: (802) 453-2432

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Pete’s Camp is located on 80 acres of forest land in south-central Vermont. This is an active working forest with annual small-scale timber harvesting, firewood production, and trail building.

A large meadow and small pond attract a wide range of local wildlife.

We have several small buildings which include the cook shack, warming hut, and camping cabins. The meadow and surrounding areas provide plenty of tent sites.

We would like to be emailed in advance prior to arrival.

Address: Windham, VT 05359

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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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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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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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Located in the Rangeley Lakes Region of Maine

Address: 960 Wilson Mills Rd, Rangeley, ME 04970
Phone: (207) 864-5249

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

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NEBDR FOOD

great for lunch. if you’re a meat eater, we highly recommend their Bison Burger.

will serve as the perfect spot to grab refreshments and recap what just went down with your pals.

NEBDR FUEL

551 Main Street,
Jarbidge,NV. 89826-0073

NEBDR PACKING LIST

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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 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 – almost single-track style. 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. Work arounds are available for these technical sections for riders with less technical abilities.

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.

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 registration sticker. 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 sticker is easy to obtain at: https://moses.informe.org/online/atv_snow/index.htm

Most riders average 150 miles a day on a backcountry motorcycle trip. Give yourself 9-10 days to complete the entire route depending on your personal riding style. Keep in mind that you will face challenges along a route of this length – so work in at least one bumper day or even a rest day. The route ends at the Canadian border in New Hampshire, so remember, you will need to plan for extra days to get back home from there.

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 www.RideBDR.com/NEBDR 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 www.RideBDR.com/NEBDR.

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 rever.co. The NEBDR expedition documentary film is a great source of information about the route and is available for purchase on DVD at touratech-usa.com and butlermaps.com. 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.

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 about the route on ridebdr.com/NEDBR. We depend on the BDR community to inform us about route and road conditions, so if you encounter any road closures or sever 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. Search for: North East Backcountry Discover Route (NEBDR).

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.

Backcountry Discovery Routes are designed by motorcyclists specifically for dual sport and adventures motorcycles. With the exception of some ATV areas that require permits, BDRs run solely on public roads. However, BDR did not develop these routes for 4×4 vehicles and some of the roads on our routes are simply not suited for 4×4 vehicle travel.

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.

Rating the Routes by Difficulty

We get a lot of requests to provide difficulty ratings. The difficulty of a route can change from day to day depending on weather, changes in the 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, bike size and amount of weight carried on the bike. For these reasons we can’t provide a rating system like a ski resort. We can help you a bit by ranking the existing BDR’s from most difficult to least difficult. Here is the list: CA, NE, AZ, UT, CO, NV, WA, NM, ID, MA. So CABDR South is the most difficult especially if you ride the expert sections and Mid Atlantic BDR 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. Also mud can be very challenging if it rains heavily. We hope this helps you in your planning. Be sure to also review the FAQ’s for each route prior to planning your trip.

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