Trail Towns

Welcome to your NCT Trail Town Center

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. Interested in developing a Trail Town? – see the resources at the bottom of the page. Or exlpore our Towns virtually by clicking on the links below and then visit them in person to see all they have to offer.

Trail Towns

Canastota, NY

Canastota is a quaint village in central New York, located in the geographic corridor between the Mohawk Valley and Oneida Lake.  The NCT passes right through downtown, offering resupply opportunities for long distance hikers as well as many options for day hikers finding their adventure right nearby.  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…

Darlington, PA

More information coming soon!

Milford, OH

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Dayton, OH

Dayton is located along the banks of the Great Miami River on Ohio’s Great Corridor and is known as the Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Midwest. Beyond the plethora of hiking opportunities; Dayton is a Bicycle Friendly Community situated at the center of the largest bikeway network in the country. The gem city also hosts some of the largest outdoor recreation events in the Midwest while being situated amongst 3 state designated Water Trails. 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…

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…

White Cloud, MI

White Cloud is delighted to be recognized as a Trail Town and serve as your base for enjoying the North Country National Scenic Trail in Newaygo County and the lower Huron-Manistee Forest. read more…

Kalkaska, MI

More information coming soon!

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…

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…

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…

Grand Marais, MI

Hikers coming into Grand Marais often comment on the friendliness of the people they meet.  “I’m pretty far away from my home, but I feel right at home here,” is how one hiker put it.  The warm greetings from the residents round out the unique aspects of this community.  Don’t miss this little town with a big heart! read more…

Marquette, MI

A historic city nestled on the shore of the world’s largest freshwater Lake Superior, Marquette, Michigan is a unique place. The trail runs the eastern length of the City, tracing miles of Lake Superior frontage, and if you’d like to explore more of the natural area, you’ll be presented with many options, including more than a dozen parks and beaches. 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.

Solon Springs, WI

More information coming soon!

Frazee, MN

Frazee is a small city in northwestern Minnesota, located on the Otter Tail River, BNSF railway’s northern transcontinental route, and U.S. Highway 10.  Frazee is a modern day recreational crossroads as it is where the future Heartland State Trail will meet the Otter Tail River state water trail and the NCNST.  read more…

Walker, MN

Walker is a small city in north central Minnesota, located on Walker Bay along the shores of Leech Lake. Leech is the State’s third largest lake at almost 112,000 acres.  The City is the hub of an outdoor recreational mecca featuring the Heartland and Paul Bunyan State Trails and the Shingobee Connection Trail (which form a 22-mile loop bike/hike opportunity), the Chippewa National Forest, and the NCNST.  read 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