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.

Be Bear Aware on the North Country Trail

October 4, 2016
photo by Phil Horton via Creative Commons

By Alison Myers Have you ever encountered a bear, or evidence of a bear while out on the North Country Trail? Did you know that black bears reside in every state the NCT traverses? As humans it is our responsibility to respect wildlife and the places they roam and live. Because they are able to […]

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Fall Hiking Guide

September 29, 2016
fall on the Border Route Trail

Cooler temps, low humidity, brightly colored hillsides, migrating birds, no more bugs….ahhhh, we’re in the glorious Fall hiking season again! by Matt Davis, Regional Trail Coordinator for Minnesota and North Dakota Mid to late September is the start of the most glorious time of the year in the North Country. No, it’s not because it’s […]


An Unexpected Adventure: Couple hikes entire North Country Trail

August 17, 2016
The Dorroughs at the Trail's Western Terminus

In one month, Dan and Ruth Dorrough will complete their end-to-end section hike of the North Country Trail. It’s an incredible journey that spans 17 years, 7 states, and over 4,600 miles. The Dorroughs will complete their hike while at the NCTA’s Celebration in Fargo on Saturday, September 17. The Dorroughs will make a special presentation Saturday evening, […]

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Fire and Flood Safety

August 10, 2016
Bridge wash out in Wisconsin

by Kenny Wawsczyk, Michigan Regional Trail Coordinator As I write this article today’s high is 65 o but for the past couple weeks it has been hot and humid. And the extended forecast looks to be the same. There’s a lot of clichés about Michigan’s weather and what happened to areas of the Trail during the week […]


7 States, 100 Miles: A Hike 100 Challenge Story

July 28, 2016

7 states, 25 hikes, 100 unique miles, a 2,300 mile road trip, and plenty of iconic places. Enjoy this story from a recent Hike 100 Challenge finisher! Guest post by Ken, a Hike 100 Finisher In the last year I have been trying to improve my life physically after a pair of back surgeries. Honestly, […]


Why you should Join us in Fargo September 15-17

June 29, 2016

Why should you travel all the way out to Fargo, North Dakota for the Annual Celebration? In short: 3 Days of great, diverse hiking. When you register to join us in Fargo in September 15-17, you’ll be able to enjoy some urban hiking along the Red River of the North (yes, the one of repeated flooding […]


Staying Found on the North Country Trail

June 28, 2016

Susan Herrick, an avid North Country Trail hiker and NCTA member nearly got lost on the NCNST. Susan did many things right, and we asked her to share her story. Remember to educate yourself before going on the Trail, take a map and compass, let someone know where you are going, and always carry the […]


3 Keys for Planning and Carrying Water on the Trail

June 20, 2016

Guest post by Ian Young Water is your most essential necessity on a hike. It’s a vital ingredient to life and you should consume it in plenty when you’re doing something active like hiking. But staying hydrated on the trail poses some issues that we don’t often encounter in our modern everyday water drinking. To […]


5 Trail Etiquette Rules

May 25, 2016

by Alison Myers, Youth Outreach Intern With recreational trails springing-up all over communities, many people are taking an initiative to get active. This has also created more interest in the hiking and backpacking community as more people are getting outdoors. Every so often it’s a good idea to put out a reminder of these 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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