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!

May 22, 2017

It’s the nation’s largest celebration of trails! Join us June 3, 2017 as we celebrate National Trails Day with the American Hiking Society. We’ll have events across our 7 states. Join up with a local chapter, affiliate, or partner for a hike, trail town celebration, or work day. Check back often as we’ll be adding […]

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New Executive Director Announced for NCTA

April 13, 2017

Andrea Ketchmark’s appointment as the new executive director for the North Country Trail Association (NCTA) was announced this morning by Ruth Dorrough, president of the NCTA’s board of directors. “We couldn’t be more pleased and excited that Andrea Ketchmark has agreed to move into this leadership role for our Association,” said Dorrough. Ketchmark will assume […]

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Trail Progress Report 2016

March 6, 2017

2016 was another great year for the North Country National Scenic Trail. Our 2016 Annual Trail Progress report is available for download now. Inside you’ll find a highlight of our accomplishments including: • 23 miles of new trail • 28 miles reconstructed or rerouted • 16 new bridges together spanning more than 250 ft. • […]

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NCNST Route Adjustment Act Advocacy Update {and request}

February 14, 2017

The NCTA is starting over in this 115th Congress in our efforts to obtain passage of our Route Adjustment legislation that we came close to seeing pass during the last few weeks of the 114th Congress in December, and we need your help! Word from Bruce Matthews is that Rep. Richard Nolan introduced the House version of […]

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North Country Trail in Fort Custer National Cemetery

January 19, 2017

by Kenny Wawsczyk, Michigan Regional Trail Coordinator, photos courtesy of Chief Noonday Chapter. Across seven states the North Country Trail has the privilege to traverse through  a wide variety of properties, from large Forest Service land to small parcels in urban areas. In Kalamazoo County there’s a unique property that the NCT is allowed to […]

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NCTA’s trail management staff attend the National Scenic Trails Workshop

Fun in the sun: The National Scenic Trails Workshop and NCT Trail Management Staff Meeting in Pensacola, Florida November 13-18 by Andrea Ketchmark In the last 49 years since the 1968 passage of the National Trails System Act, only 30 National Scenic and Historic Trails have been designated by Congress. The purpose of these trails are to […]

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4 Tips for Hiking all the North Country Trail in One State

Have you ever thought about hiking all of the miles of the North Country Trail in your state? Marci and her husband Darrell just passed 500 miles on their goal to hike all 1,150 miles of the NCT in Michigan. They started out simply with day hikes and then got hooked. Marci has tips for […]

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Couple Hikes all of NCT Kent County Michigan

We’ve loved hearing all of your stories from the Hike 100 Challenge during 2016. We heard stories of people who decided to hike a little bit in all 7 states, those who did all the border crossings, a woman who finished hiking all of Michigan, and now a couple who hiked all the miles in […]

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New Year’s Fun in North Dakota

January 4, 2017

The Dakota Prairie Chapter (DPC) in North Dakota, kicked off the New Year with a weekend-long hiking adventure. As they said “goodbye” to 2016, they rang in 2017 and got a jump start on their Hike100 Challenge for 2017. The Chapter is also hosting a Dakota Challenge where North Dakota members of the NCTA are encouraged […]

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A New Hiker Oasis is Coming – Skyline Camp

Photos and story by Duane Lawton, Jordan Valley 45o Chapter, Michigan Near Petoskey, Michigan the NCT passes through the City of Petoskey’s Skyline Natural Area.  There is a short spur trail with a viewing platform where westbound thru-hikers get their first glimpse of Lake Michigan.  In addition, working with local landowners Doug and Pam Boor, a […]

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