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.

6 Fall Hiking Tips

September 23, 2015

One of the most beautiful hiking seasons along the North Country Trail is upon us. The Trail offers sweeping views of fall foilage, the weather offers a slight chill, and bugs begin to dimish–all adding up to superior hiking experiences. Now is a great time to go explore the Trail. Fall also presents some unique […]


New York Rendezvous Recap

September 17, 2015

September 10-13, we gathered with our friends from across our seven states to celebrate the North Country National Scenic Trail. Our partners at the Finger Lakes Trail Conference hosted us at Greek Peak and the beautiful Hope Lake Lodge. Together, we had a fabulous weekend of learning and hiking. Here is a sampling of the […]


North Country Trail to Host Youth Nature Photography Exhibit

August 26, 2015

Battle Creek, MI–The National Park Service (NPS), the North Country Trail Association, and Parks In Focus are sponsoring an exhibit showcasing nature photography taken by area youth during four August hiking trips in local parks. The hiking trips were conducted with the Chief Noonday Chapter of the North Country Trail Association, Calhoun County, The City […]


North Country National Scenic Trail Day – September 26

August 24, 2015

Join us September 26 for North Country National Scenic Trail Day! It’s a day set aside to celebrate this great Trail that spans 7 states and over 4,600 miles. Whether you get out and hike on your own, with your family and friends, or join one of our events, it’s sure to be a day […]


Family Fun in Petoskey MI — Trail Town

August 17, 2015

For many of us in the North Country Trail community, a week out on the Trail sounds like a fabulous way to spend a vacation. However, the reality for those of us still raising a family is that our limited vacation time needs to include adventures that all family members will enjoy. On a recent […]


Thunderstorm Safety While on the Trail

August 10, 2015

What would you do if you were caught in a thunderstorm while out on the Trail? Last week, thunderstorms rolled through the northern portion of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula wreaking havoc on forests and trails. A couple of our hikers were making their way back to their vehicle in the Fife Lake area and were caught […]


7 Tips to Stay Hydrated While Hiking

August 5, 2015

    Last week, we talked about tips for preventing heat-related illnesses, and hydration is key in avoiding heat illnesses. As we close out the warm summer months, staying hydrated while hiking will help you make the most of your time on the Trail. Maintaining body fluids is essential for sweating, so you must hydrate […]

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Michigan DNR awards nearly $250k for projects along the Iron Belle Trail

August 4, 2015

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has awarded 16 grantees in 15 counties a total of $249,190 to develop Michigan’s newest (and longest) trail, the Iron Belle, portions of which are also the North Country National Scenic Trail. Wondering what the Iron Belle Trail is and how it relates to the North Country Trail? Visit […]


The Land and Water Conservation Fund – why you should care

August 3, 2015

Last weekend our GIS Coordinator, Matt Rowbotham, headed with his family to one of their favorite parks. They love to run around, dip their toes in the stream, splash, and then hike a bit of trail. On their way through the park Matt noticed something he had never seen before—this sign: His family’s favorite park […]


North Country Trail to Host Youth Nature Photography Events

July 30, 2015

We are always looking for ways to engage youth on the North Country National Scenic Trail. Whether it’s encouraging families to go on a hike together, helping schools develop programs to get students on the trail, or partnering with scouting groups — we love to see kids on the trail! It’s a bonus when we […]