FAQ

North Country Trail F.A.Q.

Trail Use

Fees along the North Country Trail

Question: Is there a fee to access or use the NCT?

Answer: No there is not one fee to access or use the NCT.  However, the NCT is hosted by many different  land mangers along its route.  These include state natural resource agencies as well as federal agencies such as the USDA Forest Service.  These agencies often have access, parking and camping fees.  You can find a listing of our trail hosting partners for each section of NCT in the trail guide section of northcountrytrail.org.

Camping along the North Country Trail

Question: Where can I camp along the NCT?

Answer: There are numerous places to camp along the NCT ranging from primitive backcountry campsites to more developed campgrounds to rustic log shelters.  There are also many places where overnight camping is not allowed.  This policy is dictated by the landowner / land manager.  Be sure to check on the rules and regulations for the particular trail section your are interested in.

Mountain Bike use on the North Country Trail

Question: Are mountain bikes allowed on the North Country Trail?

Answer: The NCT is hosted by many land mangers along its route. These land managers work with the NCTA and the National Park Service to determine what uses are best suited on that particular section of trail. As a result most of the NCT is closed to Mountain Bike use.

Equestrian use on the North Country Trail

Question: I would like to travel by horse on the NCT. Do you have a list of the sections of the trail that are open to horses?

Answer: The NCT is hosted by many land mangers along its route.  These land managers work with the NCTA and the National Park Service to determine what uses are best suited on that particular section of trail.  Much of the NCT is closed to horse use and for this reason travel with horses can be difficult.

A few sections suitable for horses include:
North Dakota:

    • Sheyenne National Grasslands
    • Lonetree WMA
    • New Rockford Canal
    • McClusky Canal

In addition to the few sections of NCT open to horses there are many great opportunities specifically designed for horse back riding in the NCT’s region and beyond.  These include:

Minnesota:

Michigan:

Nationally:

Using your Cross-country Skis on the NCT

Question: I would like to travel by cross country (XC) skis on the NCT. Do you have a list of the sections of the trail that are open to skiing?

Answer: Generally speaking, the NCT is open for backcountry XC skiing when conditions permit it.  Most of the NCT is not cleared to typical XC ski trail standards nor is it groomed.

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