Butler County Chapter

The Butler Chapter is dedicated to providing a premium hiking trail to all hikers and to achieving the goal of a continuous off road trail for the through-hikers of the North Country Trail

Trail Range

The sections maintained by the Butler Chapter pass through Moraine State Park, providing access to 15 miles of trail along Lake Arthur and past the Davis Hollow Cabin (a project of the NCT) and connecting to Jennings Nature Reserve and the Old Stone House. To the North and East the trail passes through State Game lands 95, providing access to 13 miles of trail rich in wild life from route 308 to Leonard Rd. In the last section that approached the Trail Town of Parker and the Allegheny river, there is the 5 mile section along the North Fork of Bear Creek, through Hemlock forest and across two special arched bridges.


The Butler Chapter, along with the Butler Outdoor Club were key in establishing the vision, organization, and construction of the NCT in PA. Our dedicated volunteers get great satisfaction in providing a premium trail for the pleasure of both the local and long distance hikers along the North Country Trail. If you would like to share in the fun and camaraderie of good hard work on the trail, please contact us to find out some of the many things that need to be done to make this one of the best parts of the NCT.

Chapter Activities

The Butler Chapter cares for the Butler County and Armstrong County section of the North Country Trail, partnering with the Butler Outdoor Club to plan annual community events like the Cherry PieHike, which highlights the trail and rich history of the area. The chapter meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30PM in the YMCA Trustees Room, in Butler, PA. All are welcome.

Get More Info
Interactive Web Map
Download GIS/GPS Data

Pennslyvania Calendar

Get Connected:
chapter email: but@northcountrytrail.org
chapter website: northcountrytrail.org/but
membership: Join the North Country Trail Association
facebook: Butler County Chapter on Facebook

Updated – 7/29/2014 – Questions with this page? Contact: Andrea Ketchmark

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Sebastian Selig December 26, 2012 at 10:15 am

I am interested in joining the north country trail association. If someone could advise me on how to join I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you

mdavis February 14, 2013 at 11:22 am

Join online at http://northcountrytrail.org/get-involved/become-a-member/ or contact us by phone at 1-866-HIKE-NCT!

Kris June 7, 2014 at 7:08 pm

Does anyone know what the trail is like through the state game lands 95? We usually run sections of the trail through moraine state park, but I’d like to try something different. Last week we explored the section starting at 308 and Pry road. It was too rough to run. I’m wondering what it’s like up by moniteau high school.

John Stehle August 31, 2014 at 9:25 pm

We just cleared the area in question. You should be able to go from Rt 308 to past Monitau. There is a trail blockage North of Branchton, and South of Kohlmeyer. It is a SGL problem.

Dan September 21, 2014 at 6:40 pm

Hiked Moraine Park for the first time today. “Trail Closed” signs stopped us in our tracks at the south end of the park. Is this a short term issue or is that the end of the trail for now? (Irregardless, a big “Thank you” to all of those in Butler County who have volunteered their time to make this a great trail. My wife and I look forward to many more miles of hiking in Butler and Lawrence counties.)

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