Kay Henry named L.L. Bean Outdoor Hero


Kay Henry, a driving force behind the incredible Northern Forest Canoe Trail, is recognized as an L.L. Bean Outdoor Hero. The L.L. Bean Outdoor Hero program was developed to thank those who have dedicated their time to preserving the outdoors. These are people who may not make the front page news, but who change the world around us for the better.

In the late 1990s, Kay had an incredible idea – to create an easily accessible water trail throughout the Northeast. To do so, she began fundraising efforts – first through corporate support from the outdoor industry, then through four years of federal funding to build the trail. In time, she raised more than $1 million to turn her dream into a realty – a stunning 740-mile water trail from Old Forge, New York, across Vermont, Quebec, and New Hampshire, to Fort Kent, Maine.

Kay has been reconnecting communities to their rivers for decades. Not only is she an L.L. Bean Outdoor Hero, she’s a river hero!