Blogging the North Country Trail

Welcome! The NCTA’s Insight blog is your source for extended coverage and inside information on what’s happening on and around the North Country Trail.

Join us for National Trails Day June 4

May 17, 2016

On Saturday, June 4, 2016 show your support for the North Country National Scenic Trail by celebrating with us and the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®, the country’s largest celebration of trails. People are celebrating by joining group hikes, Trail Town celebrations, trail maintenance projects, picnics and potlucks, canoeing, camping, and even a parade! […]

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Blazing Best Practices

April 13, 2016

With Spring in the air, it’s the time of year where trail maintenance and building goes into full gear. Giving faded blazes a fresh coat of paint is one task, along with blazing any newly-built sections of trail. To find out how you can volunteer for projects like these, contact your local chapter here. by […]


Thanks for visiting the NCTA at the Expo!

On the NCT in ND

Thanks for your interest in the North Country National Scenic Trail (the NCT for short) in the Upper Midwest. We were excited to host a booth at the Outdoor Adventure Expo April 22-24 in Minnesota. We hope you’ll find this information useful and that it will help you become engaged with the Trail in 2016 […]

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Spring Hiking Tips

April 4, 2016

Spring is making its away across the Red Plaid Nation. We love spring for so many reasons: hiking without bugs; rivers and waterfalls at their fullest; crisp, fresh air; spring-green grass; and flocks of birds returning home. Did we mention hiking without bugs?! Each week, you’ll see something new along the Trail. So take a […]


North Country Trail Association is 35 years old!

March 28, 2016

So today is our birthday!! The North Country Trail Association is 35 years old! by Bruce Matthews, North Country Trail Association Executive Director We’re youngsters compared to some, but that won’t keep us from celebrating. It was on this day in 1981 that the first gathering of about 12 volunteers, including Lance Feild, Ginny Wunsch, […]


Chief Noonday Chapter’s New Bridge at Fort Custer Recreation Area

March 14, 2016

by Larry Pio, Chief Noonday Chapter President When we first built our Trail on the Fort Custer National Cemetery / Fort Custer Recreation Area section (located between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, Michigan) I think those of us who had hiked on the AT or PCT felt that wading across the stream in the Fort Custer […]


New Trail Progress Report Celebrates Accomplishments on the North Country Trail

March 10, 2016
J45 hike with Kenny

2015 was an incredible year on the North Country National Scenic Trail. Through innovative and collaborative partnerships and the dedication thousands of volunteers, our trail miles and amenities continue to grow, one year and one project at a time. Without all of these partners, there would be no North Country Trail, but because there are […]

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Scouts: Are you up for the Hike 100 Challenge?

March 9, 2016

The Hike 100 Challenge is under way and we already have finishers! The North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST), the longest of our country’s National Scenic Trails, offers a wealth of natural beauty throughout its 4,600 miles. We invite scouting groups, their families and friends to join the celebration of the National Park Service’s Centennial […]


Hike the Hill 2016

February 23, 2016

“Hike the Hill” is when the national trails community annually descends on Washington DC for meetings with federal agency partners and Members of Congress. Here are some highlights from this year’s Hike The Hill for the North Country National Scenic Trail and NCTA: With the 2016 “Hike the Hill” in the rearview mirror….. Was it […]