A "carry" is portage— a trail or road between two bodies of water, over which a canoe or guideboat could be carried in order to extend a water route. In the early history of the Adirondacks, some major carries were manned by teamsters who would carry boats and gear by wagon for a small fee.
Carries were important elements of the transportation system in the early Adirondacks, where one could travel in relative ease using lakes and rivers long before highways and railroads existed. Some became the site of rustic hotels. Many are still in use by recreational paddlers.