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.

3 Keys for Planning and Carrying Water on the Trail

June 20, 2016
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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 […]

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5 Trail Etiquette Rules

May 25, 2016
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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 […]

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Join us for National Trails Day June 4

May 17, 2016
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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
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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 […]

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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
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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 […]

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North Country Trail Association is 35 years old!

March 28, 2016
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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, […]

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

March 14, 2016
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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 […]

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New Trail Progress Report Celebrates Accomplishments on the North Country Trail

March 10, 2016
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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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