Getting to the North Country Trail

To Trailhead signNumerous stretches of the NCT are easily accessible from urban areas (many of which offer public transportation options), including:

North Dakota

  • Fargo – the NCT in the Sheyenne National Grasslands is located 45 miles southwest of Fargo while the NCT in Becker County, MN is about 65 miles east of Fargo

Minnesota

  • Duluth – the Superior Hiking Trail goes right through the City of Duluth

Michigan

  • Marquette, Upper Peninsula – the NCT goes right through Marquette
  • Petoskey, Lower Peninsula – the NCT goes right through Petoskey
  • Traverse City – the NCT is located about 10 miles southeast of the City in the Traverse City State Forest Area)
  • Grand Rapids – the NCT goes through Lowell, MI – the home of the NCTA which is located only _ miles east of Grand Rapids
  • Battle Creek – the NCT goes right through Battle Creek

Ohio

  • Toledo – the NCT goes near Whitehouse, about 10 miles southwest of Toledo
  • Dayton – the NCT goes right through Dayton
  • Cincinnati – the NCT goes through Milford just east of Cincinnati
  • Portsmouth – the NCT goes through the Shawnee State Forest about 10 miles west of Portsmouth
  • Chillicothe – the NCT goes through Scioto Trail State Park about 10 miles south of Chillicothe
  • Athens – the NCT goes through the Wayne National Forest about 10 miles north of Athens
  • Marietta – the NCT goes through the Wayne National Forest about 5 miles east of Marietta
  • Canton – the NCT goes through Zoar, located about 10 miles south of Canton
  • Youngstown – the NCT goes through Center Township/Lisbon, about 15 miles south of Youngstown

Pennsylvania

  • Pittsburgh – the NCT goes through State Game Lands 285 about 50 miles northwest of Pittsburgh
  • New Castle – the NCT goes through Wampum about 10miles south of New Castle
  • Butler – the NCT goes through Moraine State Park, located about 10 miles northwest of Butler

New York

  • Elmira – the Finger Lakes Trail / NCT goes through Watkins Glen about 25 miles north of Elmira
  • Ithaca – the Finger Lakes Trail / NCT goes through Robert Treman Park, on the outskirts of Ithaca
  • Binghamton – the Finger Lakes Trail / NCT goes through Hoxie Gorge State Forest about 35 miles north of Binghamton
  • Cortland – the Finger Lakes Trail / NCT goes through Hoxie Gorge State Forest about 35 miles south of Cortland
  • Syracuse – the Onondaga Trail / NCT goes through Canastota about 25 miles east of Syracuse
  • Rome – the NCT goes right through Rome
  • Utica – the NCT goes through Rome about 10 miles northwest of Utica

You should visit the Explore by State and/or Explore by Sections pages to find trailhead locations as these are the best places to access the NCT.