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Celebration 2019

Join us for our annual Celebration this year, May 2-5, at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, Michigan.

Take Action

Thank your Senators and Representatives for taking action for the NCT Route Adjustment Act!


We need you and your skills! Find out how you can start volunteering with the North Country Trail Association.

Hike 100 Challenge

Join us for the Hike 100 Challenge in 2019. Hike 100 miles on the NCT and earn a special patch!

Volunteer Resource Center

Check out our complete listing of volunteer resources and training, including the Chapter Leadership Handbook.

New Director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry: Brad Garmon

NCTA applauds Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s appointment of Brad Garmon as Director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry. Andrea Ketchmark, NCTA Executive Director, joined other outdoor industry and recreation leaders for the announcement at Outside Coffee Co. in Grand Rapids yesterday. “From the Great Lakes to our expansive forest lands to a vast network of trails, […]

by Emily Rodriguez

Inaugural Next Generation Coalition Summit

Post and photos by Emily Rodriguez   August 15-18, 2019, members of the NCTA’s Next Generation Coalition met in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park for the first-ever Next Generation Coalition (“Next Gen”) Summit.   Led by Kenny Wawsczyk, NCTA’s Regional Trail Coordinator for Michigan, and Emily Rodriguez, NCTA’s Next Generation Outreach Intern, members spent two […]

Chris Loudenslager

Chris Loudenslager Selected as Superintendent of North Country National Scenic Trail

Date: August 5, 2019 Contact: Alexandra Picavet, Midwest Region Chief of Communications Phone: 402-661-1840 Email: apicavet@nps.gov Omaha, Neb. — National Park Service (NPS) Acting Midwest Regional Director Patricia Trap announced the selection of Chris Loudenslager as superintendent of North Country National Scenic Trail (North Country) in Michigan. Loudenslager is currently the Trail Manager at North […]

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