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.
The North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT)has been rerouted between High Bridge and Sawdust Hole, due to bank erosion. When heading north from High Bridge visitors will be rerouted to travel on Forest Road 8580 for approximately 1 ½ miles before returning to the trail. The reroute is signed at both ends.
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!