Northeast Backcountry Discovery Route

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11 Days
Dates: Mid-August thru Mid-October
Hancock, NY
Maine-Canadian Border
Max People : 8

Tour Overview

NEBDR®    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 1,400-mile route will truly feel as though they had an adventure of a lifetime.


A portion of your ride fee will be donated to two very worthwhile charities. The first charity is Motorcycle Relief Project. MRP takes military veterans with PTSD on Adventure rides giving veterans the opportunity to ride and share stories together. The second charity is the BDR® community itself. Donations to BDR® allows the continuation of route development and promotion.

Itinerary Overview

Plan to arrive in Hancock, NY on August 6th. Lodging will be provided (see hotel details) for this evening. We will start the BDR leaving on the 7th riding from Hancock to Andes, NY. Each day will be an average of around 150 miles. We will plan to arrive at the end of the route, at the Canadian border, 9 days later on August 15th. We will spend the evening in Jackman and begin the trip home on the 16th. 

Tour Options


  • Lodging from August 6th to August 16th.
  • Food (Dinner on Thursday August 6th in Hancock and Dinner in Jackman, Maine on the 15th)
  • Guides (carrying Spot Messenger and Satellite phone)

Cost for single occupancy per person:  $2600

Cost for double occupancy per person:  $1800

Cost for Camping per person: $800

Link to Motoshippers

Departure Location

Hancock, NY (Google Map)

End Location

Jackman, Maine (Google Map)

Departure Date & Time

Mid-August 2020 thru Mid-October

End Date & Time

Mid-August thru Mid-October 2020

Price Includes

  • Welcome dinner the evening of your arrival
  • Dinner on August 15, 2020
  • Hotel accommodations each night
  • Breakfast each day
  • Professional tour guides
  • Spot messenger and Satellite Phone
  • $100 Donation to Backcountry Discovery Route
  • $100 Donation to Motorcycle Relief Project

Price Excludes

  • Motorcycle rental
  • Lunch on the tour
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Fuel
  • Entrance fees for national parks and touristic places

Don't Forget To Bring:

  • Riding Gear
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Phone
  • Bluetooth Helmet Comm (optional)

Tour Specifics

NEBDR Trailer

/NEBDR Trailer
  • Ride Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Terrain: Rock, Sand, Water Crossings, Asphalt


Day 1 – Meet up in Hancock, NY

The plan is to meet at a hotel in Hancock the day before the ride. We will be heading out by 8 AM on the 7th so if you choose not to come a day early, feel free to just meet in Hancock on the 7th.

Day 2 – Leave Hancock, NY

Hancock to Andes, NY

The route begins in Hancock and after a short stretch we will dip into Pennsylvania for our first taste of some rocky trail. After crossing back into NY near the town of Callicoon, we will be hitting forested dirt and gravel roads. We will cross our first covered bridge and ride through the Pepacton Reservoir on some tarmac twisties arriving in the town of Andes, NY for the evening. We will take a ride up to the Palmer Hill Lookout before heading back into Andes for the night. 

Day 3 – Leave Andes

Andes to Copake Falls, NY

We will leaving Andes after fueling up and getting a bite of breakfast. We will get a great view of the reservoir as we head out of town as well as riding near streams and waterfalls. We will stop at the Beaverkill Fish Hatchery where you can try your luck with a rod and reel. We will have our first taste of rocky terrain outside Fleischmann’s, NY before we head into the hurricane devastated town of Prattsville. We will wind through some state forest roads and we will stop for lunch in the ski town of Hunter, NY. We will cross the Hudson River and climb to Olana State Historic Site for some incredible views of the Catskill Mountains. A few more dirt and gravel roads will land us in Copake Falls, NY for the evening. 

Day 4 – Leave Copake Falls

Copake Falls, NY to Adams, MA

As we leave Copake Falls we will visit the Furnace historical site and then travel into Connecticut exploring Mt. Riga and Campbell Falls State Park. Leave CT we enter the Berkshires in Massachusetts. The technical nature of the route begins to become apparent as we head north. Rocky trails abound in October Mountain State Forest. We then ascend Mt. Graylock and the Graylock lighthouse overlooking the four states of CT, MS, NH and VT. We will spend the night at Boscom Lodge in Adams. 

Day 5 – Leave Adams

Adams to Barnard, VT

Leaving Adams we enter the Green Mountain State of Vermont. Through much of Vermont we will be riding on Class IV roads which are un-maintained roads characterized by rocky sections. These stretches of road pass through beautiful forests, small towns and the Green Mountain National Forest. We will stop in Grafton for food and fuel and then continue on to the town of Barnard and the end of the section. 

Day 6 – Leave Barnard

Barnard to Woodsville, NH

We will leave Barnard and continue to experience Class IV roads through most of this section in Vermont. We will have the opportunity to stop at local markets for local meats, maple syrups and cheeses. We will stop and explore Robert Frost’s cabin. We will have a late breakfast/early lunch in Warren. We will ride a couple gap roads through mountain passes and cross over the Floating Bridge in Brookfield. We’ll stop in Chelsea for food and fuel before crossing into New Hampshire. 

Day 7 – Leave Woodsville

Woodsville to Gorham, NH

Leaving Woodsville we will first stop in Bath, after crossing the covered bridge, for some breakfast and fuel. After riding the Sandwich Notch Road, we will make a must stop at the Sandwich Creamery for a cold treat. We will climb up Mt. Chocorus for a great view of the Lake. We will also ride a short section of the famous Kancamagus Highway and make a stop for a quick dip at Rocky Gorge swimming area. After hitting a few forest roads we will take the ride up another famous road, the Mt. Washington Auto Road (weather permitting). Mt. Washington climbs to a height of over 6,200 feet. We will spend the night in Gorham. 

Day 8 and 9 – Leave Gorham

Sections 7 and 8 of the NEBDR goes through the state of Maine and winds up at the border of Quebec, Canada. As of this writing, section 8 is suspended pending rerouting by the BDR community. Change in land ownership in the area has changed access rights for motorcycles. As a result, the final itinerary of the route is pending and should be updated by the early summer of 2020. 

Day 10

Having succeeded in navigating the NEBDR we begin the trek home.We have the options of riding home via highway or we may elect to have the bikes and us hauled by truck back to the origin of the ride in Hancock. 


Camping per person: $600
Double occupancy per person: $1800
Single occupancy per person: $2600

Camping: $800






When is the best time to ride the NEBDR:

June through September would be the best time to explore this route in that you will avoid the potential wet weather in the spring and snow to the north in the fall. With the summer weather being more consistent though heat and mosquitoes can be a challenge. The colors in September are outstanding.

What type of motorcycle should I bring:

The short answer is whatever you have in your garage. But the BDRs are designed for larger Adventure bikes which makes the highways and faster dirt roads more comfortable. But the tougher rockier sections might be a challenge for the big bikes. These sections will be best handled on smaller, dual sport type bikes. 

What type of tires should I use:

At a bare minimum 50/50 tires such as the Heidenau K-60 scouts would be needed. But, more aggressive knobby type tires would be advised. Continental TKC-80, MotoZ Rallz or Dessert H/T are good examples. 

How do we get to the start and back from the end:

This is always the challenge of a BDR. We will be leaving from Hancock, NY so you want to get here. Options include riding your bike here, using a shipping company (Motoshippers or Haulbikes are two examples), trailering your bike to Hancock and leaving your vehicle there for our return, or renting a bike. Note: we will have Yamaha T700s available for rent by the time this tour begins. Coming back you have the option of riding your bike or shipping. We are exploring having a rig available to transport motorcycles from Jackman, Maine back to Hancock. 

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