Trail Towns

Welcome to Our NEW Trail Town Program

A Trail Town is a community through which the North Country Trail passes that supports hikers with services, promotes the Trail to its citizens and embraces the Trail as a resource to be protected and celebrated. Trail Towns are built on a relationship between a town, the Trail and its volunteers. Partnering through NCTA’s Trail Town program can grow awareness and support for the NCNST, improve access and information to get members of the community active in the outdoors and boost the economic benefits by providing recognition to local businesses. Together, we can build a community that values outdoor recreation for the health of the environment, the people and the economy.  The development of a sustainable North Country Trail Town Program could positively impact the NCTA’s efforts in Trail development, promotion, membership, volunteer engagement, and more.

Information for Trail Town Development

Chances are you already have a relationship with the Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and other community partners. This program simply helps identify ways the town and the Trail can work together, plan together and capitalize on the benefits a National Scenic Trail can bring to the area. Use the resources below (checklist, logos, template MOU and presentation) to approach your towns on the NCT.


Files Download Link
Checklist Trail Town Checklist 04/01/2012
Informational Presentation Trail Town PowerPoint 04/01/2012
Logo Color Graphic 04/01/2012
Logo Black & White Graphic 04/01/2012
Template MOU Trail Town MOU Template 04/01/2012
Template Town Proclamation Trail Town Proclamation Template 04/01/2012

Trail Towns

Lowell, MI

Lowell is one of Michigan’s premier North Country Trail towns and the home to the NCTA Headquarters. Hike more than 8 miles of the NCT in Lowell and the surrounding area. Enjoy a stroll on the Lowell Riverwalk, a hike through stands of Red Pine and Maple with overlooks of the Flat River or a picnic at Fallasburg Park.  The NCT through Lowell offers something for everyone. read more…

Wampum, PA

Wampum was established in 1796 and is the oldest Borough in Lawrence County.  Located just 35 mile from Pittsburgh and 17 miles from Cranberry Township, Wampum is nestled in a wooded valley along Beaver River.  read more…

Middleville, MI

In 1834 the first settler, Calvin Hill, purchased 400 acres on each side of the Thornapple River and founded Middleville. The river was the best reason for the location of the Village, providing a convenient means of transportation, as well as power for the grinding mill that attracted farmers to the area. read more…

Petoskey, MI

Hikers who enjoy the beauty of wooded hills, water and dunes will not be disappointed with a layover in Petoskey, a thriving tourist community nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan among some of the most beautiful scenery nature has to offer. read more…

St. Ignace, MI

Trail Town St. Ignace, your Home Port for exploring the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Your North Country Trail Adventure begins at the St. Ignace Welcome Center as soon you come north over the majestic Mackinac “Mighty Mac” Bridge.  read more…

Mackinaw City, MI

The Village of Mackinaw City is a resort community located on the shores of the Straits of Mackinac at the tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. It serves as a gateway community for recreation lovers traveling North and South and provided plenty of amenities to make it a prime vacation destination in its own right. read more…

Mellen, WI

Mellen was established in 1886 and is the second oldest city in Ashland County. Located just 25 miles South of Lake Superior and the City of Ashland, the city is situated near the Penokee Mountain Range and the Bad River that flows east to the well-known Copper Falls State Park and Loon Lake.  read more…

Canastota, NY

More information coming soon!

Kalkaska, MI

More information coming soon!

Dayton, OH

More information coming soon!

Darlington, PA

More information coming soon!

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HONDA XR May 10, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Who do I contact for Kalkaska MI?


Ed Morse November 12, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Try the GTHC trail Coordinators, Dick Naperrala or Arlen Matson. There has been some discussion but no action yet.


Rose Wooley May 10, 2012 at 6:35 am

I am interested in working with my community on this. I am a NCTA Trail Adopter for a segment of the Chequamegon Trail that runs in front of our home.

Rose Wooley,
Mellen WI


Duane Lawton April 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm

We will obviously get busy on Petoskey, MI.

J45 Chapter


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