Become a Member

Welcome!   Thank you for considering a membership in the North Country Trail Association.

The North Country Trail Association (NCTA) is a membership-driven, volunteer-based organization.  The NCTA is a “friends” organization that unites the efforts of our local volunteer chapters and partner organizations with the National Park Service to build, maintain, protect and promote the North Country National Scenic Trail. The trail is a 4,600 mile footpath through the northern tier of the United States, traversing seven states. Though still under construction, more and more miles of trail are completed every year, the trail is starting to draw national attention, alongside the likes of the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails.

Our work uses federal dollars, membership dues and other revenues and combines them with the tremendous volunteer effort, to leverage the greatest amount of good for the trail.

Last year over 800 individuals did volunteer work on the North Country Trail.  You membership dollars not only directly support these volunteers by purchasing tools and other resources, but act as a vote of confidence in the North Country National Scenic Trail.

In addition, your dues help fund a contingency of NCTA volunteers and staff who travel to Washington D.C. as part of the American Hiking Society’s “Hike the Hill” advocacy week.   This effort demonstrates to our legislators that there is a widespread support for the trail from thousands of members who contribute their dollars and their time.  That is a message that is hard to ignore.

Finally, your membership dues benefit you directly with a subscription to North Star – our quarterly magazine, the Blue Blazes Bulletin – a monthly electronic newsletter full of timely trail updates, and a nice discount at the online Trail Shop. As part of your membership, you can join one of the more than thirty local chapters and affiliates of the trail and a portion of your dues will directly support that group’s efforts.

We hope you will join the 2,400 other members who support the North Country Trail and become a member today.

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