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.

New Open Data Portal Tutorial

July 22, 2015

GPS units are a great tool for helping us navigate the North Country Trail. Did you know that a lot of GPS units allow you to load additional geographic data onto them, for example, our trail line? The NCTA maintains an extensive set of trail information which is updated regularly. We now have a great […]


Share your Love for the North Country Trail!

June 24, 2015

Do you love the North Country Trail? Here’s your chance to share your love with the world. In celebration of the National Park Service’s “Find Your Park” campaign, we are working with the NPS to create a video to show how awesome the North Country Trail is. How YOU can help and be a star […]


Everything about the Kekekabic Trail presents a (rewarding) challenge!

June 22, 2015

The Kekekabic Trail presents some of the most remote and challenging experiences for both hikers and volunteers on the North Country Trail. Matthew Davis, Regional Trail Coordinator for North Dakota and Minnesota gives an insider’s look at this unique section of trail from a recent trail clearing trip. Hikers often find portions of northeastern Minnesota’s […]


A day in the life of a Regional Trail Coordinator

June 16, 2015

by Matthew Davis Working as a Regional Trail Coordinator for the NCTA is a very rewarding and fun job and the best part is that I get to work with volunteers who love the NCT, believe in the mission of the NCTA, and are fun to be around. I consider many volunteers I work with […]

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North Country Trail GIS Wins Award

June 11, 2015

    We are pleased to announce that IMAGIN (Improving Michigan’s Access to Geographic information Networks) has awarded the North Country Trail Association their Innovation in GIS (Geographic Information System) Award for 2015! The criteria for this award is: The GIS Innovation Award is presented to an organization that finds innovative ways to use geospatial […]


Tips for How to Lead a Successful Hike

June 10, 2015

by Andrea Ketchmark Leading others on a hike is a great way to share your love of the outdoors and the North Country Trail. It’s not difficult, but there are precautions every hike leader should take to ensure a safe and fun outing. Read the tips for how to lead a successful hike below, and […]


An Intro to Using the Interactive Mapping Tool – ArcGIS Online

June 3, 2015

With 4,600 miles to explore, the North Country Trail has something for everyone. Love waterfalls? We’ve got those. Pine forests? Plenty. Rivers and lakes? Definitely. Gradual elevations and sweeping views? Absolutely. The North Country Trail wanders through a diverse geographical offering. You could almost say every mile offers a new experience. The questions we get […]


11 Interesting Things about Trail Advocacy

May 26, 2015

by Bruce Matthews, Executive Director Advocacy, or “lobbying” to some, is the art of persuasively educating elected representatives about issues and legislation of concern.  Advocacy is typically done in hopes the officials then vote or act appropriately.  It is part of my job at North Country Trail Association to help build relationships with these Members […]


Join us for National Trails Day

May 12, 2015

National Trails Day is coming June 6. This nationwide event, created by the American Hiking Society, is the country’s largest celebration of trails. You can participate in events in every state across the country, including locations all along the North Country Trail. Events will include guided hikes, tours, trail maintenance, trail town celebrations, opportunities to learn more about […]


3 Reasons to Hike the Allegheny 100 Challenge

May 7, 2015

Pre-registration closes in just one week for this year’s Allegheny 100 hiking challenge. Last year, 86 hikers challenged themselves to hike 25, 50, 75 or 100 miles of the North Country Trail in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) in a 50 hour time period. The Allegheny 100 Challenge (A-100) is unsupported, so hikers are responsible for supplying their own food, drinks and […]