NCTA’s GIS/GPS Data Depository

Google Earth lets you view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, etc. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.
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ArcExplorer is a freely available lightweight GIS data viewer that lets you perform a variety of basic GIS functions. This tool might be useful for looking at the centerline and point data.
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GPSBabel lets you convert KML data to numerous native GPS formats…in other words, make this data work with your GPS unit.
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NCTA Distribution Pack

The following data sets contain line and point information for sections of NCT where the NCTA and its chapters are the primary stewards of the trail or areas where our affiliate partners have approved distribution of this data.

  • For the Finger Lakes region of New York please see the Finger Lakes Trail Conference
  • For Ohio please see the Buckeye Trail Association
  • Although this data contains information for the Superior Hiking Trail, please be sure to check for the latest and greatest.
  • Google Earth- KML (Lines and Points):

    Format Download Link Updated
    KML MB) 11/8/2013

    Shapefile (Lines and Points):

    Format Download Link Updated
    Shapefile (5.8 MB) 11/8/2013

    { 10 comments… read them below or add one }

    Brandon August 28, 2012 at 9:06 am

    The data looks great!

    Are the Ohio and New York sections that are currently missing going to be added at some point?


    admin August 29, 2012 at 9:39 am

    For most of Ohio and New York, we work with the Buckeye Trail Association and the Finger Lakes Trail Conference respectively. Currently, you should visit their websites for the most up-to-date information:


    Dave July 5, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Thanks for this very useful data!

    Any chance it is broken down into smaller segments? I am looking mostly at PA sections of the trail and my software/computer can’t digest the whole NCT dataset at once.


    admin July 9, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Sorry Dave – We’re not offering the data in smaller segments yet. We will be in the near future and the Allegheny National Forest will be one of the first segments we put up. Stay tuned.


    Penokee Hillbilly December 28, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I would also like to be able to download trail maps state by state so that I can actually use this great data! Let me know, I could volunteer to make one for Wisconsin.


    mdavis February 14, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Contact Matt Rowbotham at to ask about this.


    Vincent Kennedy May 9, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Very helpful

    When I was between published maps, I was able to follow the trail through North Dakota, I was able to use both my GPS and my iphone to stay on the trail.


    miishen February 21, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Just wanted to say thanks for the data. Excellent. Very useful.
    I’ve been section hiking the NCT for a decade and, for some ridiculous reason, have never seen this data.
    Thanks for all your hard work.


    Martha February 4, 2012 at 5:18 am

    Data looks great on Google earth! Thanks!


    admin February 6, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Thanks Martha, check back every once and a while. I”ll be making updates. Next step is to update the symbols used for the markers to more standard “P”‘s for parking “tents” for camping, etc.


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