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.

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Diann Warner February 13, 2013 at 4:16 pm

You have a totally awesome website. It is a planner’s dream. Thank you so much for all the time and planning that you put into It. I belong to a single group who live and travel in our RV’s throught the US and Canada. We hike, kayak, 4×4, sightsee and in general have fun. Summer is our greatest travel time when we put together a route to travel, generally covering several states.We camp in National Forests/Parks, BLM, Elks/Moose Lodges, churches, fair grounds, you name it.
I think a trip following the NCT would be fun to do in summer 2014. Twenty thirteen is already planned. Some of our group will be kayaking the Buffalo River in Missouri and Arkansas, ending that tour in May. We could pick up the NCT in Ohio and continue east to Crown Point, NY and then cross into Canada at Niagra Falls and into Michigan at Detroit and pick up the NCT and go north. We would follow it west to Lake Sakakawa. We have traveled to many of these places but not with the intention to follow the NCT. This sounds like a plan to me, what do you think? We have all summer to accomplish this as we are all retired and in very good health. Thanks for any suggestions you may have and especialy for the organization of this website. Diann Warner

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