Covering portions of Ashland and Bayfield Counties, the Chequamegon (CHE) Chapter is responsible for developing, maintaining, protecting and promoting the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST) from the middle of Copper Falls State Park to Bayfield County Highway A. Except for a couple of very short segments, our section of trail passes almost exclusively through public lands—including Copper Falls State Park, over 61-miles in the Chequamegon National Forest, and a small portion of Bayfield County Forest. The National Forest segment is often considered to be the “father” of the North Country NST due to this section being built by the Forest Service prior to the authorization of the North Country NST. In fact our name was derived from this early segment which was called the “Northern Country Trail”.
We currently have about 80 members—placing us as one of the larger NCTA chapters. While most of our membership is centered in Ashland, WI and surrounding smaller communities and rural areas, many of our members come from far-flung places. You can become our newest member at NCTA/CHE.
The CHE chapter organizes a variety of activities, including two General Membership Meetings a year, in April and November, a National Trails Day activity, a public hike during the fall, and almost monthly group maintenance days. Many of our chapter members participate in weekly hikes led by an adjoining chapter member. This group, centered in Iron River, hikes on Tuesdays year long. We are pleased that we have been able to facilitate an enthusiastic and growing group of trail supporters in our area.