Spirit of the Woods Chapter

Hiking on the North Country Trail

Hi, this is the Spirit of the Woods Chapter of the North Country Trail Association. We maintain about 80 miles of the North Country Trail in the Manistee, Lake and Mason counties of the northern lower peninsula of Michigan. Much of the trail in our section goes through the Manistee National Forest. We have activities such as hikes or other silent sports as well as work on the trail to build and maintain it. See our Outings and Trail Work pages. Please join us on our monthly outings.

We have a need for hike leaders for some of our monthly hikes. Please contact our chapter here to respond.

Celebration:

The local U.S. Forest Service district has nominated the Spirit of the Woods and West Michigan chapters for the Eastern Region’s Volunteer and Service Award for Enduring Service and our chapters of the North Country Trail Association were selected!  The Forest Service Supervisor and personnel will have a ceremony on Saturday April 15th to present the plaques to us along with representatives from the North Country Trail Association national office and the National Park Service.

The North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT) has been rerouted north of High Bridge due to bank erosion. When heading north from High Bridge visitors will be rerouted to travel on High Bridge Road. You will return to the National Forest just south of River Road. The Re-route is signed.

Here is a video about a hike on the North Country Trail in the southern part of the miles that Spirit of the Woods chapter maintains. Thank you, Chris Jane!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFHGCLYpY3I