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 explore 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!


In Ohio, we partner with the Buckeye Trail Association and their Trail Town program. Check out a list of great Ohio towns to explore the hometown restaurants, shops, and other in-town amenities to complement your outdoor forays on the Buckeye Trail and North Country Trail.

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…

Fife Lake, MI

Fife Lake Michigan is a quaint community located in the heart of the northern Michigan Forest.  It is part of the scenic 21 mile NCT – Fife Lake Loop Trail.  It’s a perfect sized loop for a weekend get-a-way for backpackers and is also a great place for winter activities such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.  Hikers and backpackers will enjoy scenic views, serenity of the forest, streams and the Manistee River.  They can take advantage of the two state forest campgrounds included in the loop and nearby Fife Lake Village is available for supplies.  Fife Lake has everything a hiker needs including a motel, multiple restaurants, laundry, grocery store and an old-time hardware store. 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. read more…

Solon Springs, WI

Solon Springs, population 600, is a northern Wisconsin summer resort community on the west shore of Upper St. Croix Lake, 30 miles south of Superior. Originally known as White Birch when founded in 1855, the town changed its name in the early 1900s, when Thomas Solon started a spring water bottling works where Leo Creek enters the lake. read more…

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