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.

Hamming it up along the North Country Trail

February 9, 2016

by John Forslin The National Park Service and American Ham Radio have hooked up celebrate the NPS Centennial this year. The connection is that radio has a huge reach, and this is an opportunity for the world to listen in as hams tell each other about the Parks units they are “activating.” And truth told, […]


Moose in Danger in the North Country


One of the greatest adventures along the North Country Trail is encountering wildlife in its natural habitat. Yet, one of the “Great North” species is in danger and seeing them along the Trail is becoming increasingly rare. by Matthew Davis, Regional Trail Coordinator, North Dakota and Minnesota What wildlife species do you think of when […]


Explore the Tahqua Trail Project – Michigan

February 8, 2016

by Kay Kujawa, Hiawatha Shore to Shore Chapter of the NCTA The Tahqua Trail Project is a five year plan to restore the North Country National Scenic Trail to its original tread along the scenic Tahquamenon River in Tahquamenon Falls State Park. This section of the Trail is becoming a favorite destination for hikers near […]


Hike the NCT in 10 Minnesota State Parks and earn “Double Miles!”

January 27, 2016

Yes, that is right…if you hike miles on the NCT in Minnesota State Parks during  2016 you’ll earn double the miles.  Unfortunately, no we haven’t found a major airline partner to co-sponsor the program and give away free frequent flyer (“hiker?”) miles.  But we do have two great programs and rewards for your effforts! Every […]


Sled Dogs help GPS the Trail

January 13, 2016
Meet Cello and Jasper, our GIS helpers.

Matt Rowbotham, our GIS Coordinator, recently did some GPS work in the Pere Marquette State Forest just west of Kalkaska, Michigan. But the way he did his GPS work, was a bit unique. We thought you might enjoy hearing how Matt uses his sled dogs to help GPS the North Country National Scenic Trail. I […]


6 Tips for Winter Hiking and Safety

January 7, 2016

Congratulations to all of you who’ve started the Hike 100 Challenge. If you don’t know what that is, visit this link to learn how we are celebrating the National Park Service’s Centennial Anniversary and how you can earn a special patch in 2016! And if you haven’t had a chance to start yet, don’t worry, […]


Meet the New Glacial Edge Chapter in Western Minnesota


By Matt Davis, Regional Trail Coordinator, Minnesota After three years of community outreach and organizing, there is a brand new NCTA Chapter in Minnesota! The Glacial Edge Chapter was officially approved by the Board at their December meeting and its small group of diehard volunteers is already hitting the ground running. The Chapter’s leadership took […]


New Trail in Wisconsin

October 29, 2015

The planned direct link between the North Country Trail in Wisconsin and the Superior Hiking Trail in Minnesota moved closer on October 17th, 2015, as a new 4.2 mile segment of trail opened in Wisconsin near the border with Minnesota. The new segment takes hikers along the north rim of the Nemadji River Valley and […]


North Country Trail in the Adirondacks

October 6, 2015

On September 25, 2015 The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced the approval of the Adirondack Park Trail Plan for the North Country National Scenic Trail. The plan routes the National Scenic Trail through the Adirondack Park and incorporates the North Country NST into the state’s Adirondack trail system. Approval of the […]


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 […]