Hike It.
Build It.
Love It.

Your Adventure Starts Here

The longest in the National Trails System, the North Country National Scenic Trail stretches 4,600 miles across eight states, from North Dakota to Vermont. Whether you’re looking to day-hike a few miles or plan a longer overnight backpacking trip, a multitude of diverse landscapes and hiking opportunities are waiting for you.

Explore the Trail
Elizabeth Jones

Maps + Discovery

Annie Nelson: Halfway Thru

In early 2019, Annie Nelson of Minnesota, “a former journalist turned outdoor junkie,” declared that she was going to hike half of the North Country Trail by the end of 2019.

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Provided by Annie Nelson

A membership to the North Country Trail Association creates a future filled with possibility. From Hiker experiences to volunteer projects, it all starts with membership. Belonging is important! There is no better time to join than today. From September 2 - October 16, join as a new member or renew your membership and receive an exclusive thank you gift. This is a limited edition design that you are not going to want to miss.

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Hike It. Build It. Love It.

The North Country Trail Association and the Trail itself exist because of robust, impressive and dedicated volunteerism. Thousands of volunteers build, maintain, protect and promote the North Country Trail every day, and the Association strives to provide the best resources to the volunteers. Chapters and Affiliate organizations are established across the eight Trail states, constantly hosting work days, group hikes and more. There are countless opportunities to get involved.

Get Involved
Western Michigan Chapter

Get Involved

Sarah Collier: Volunteer Spotlight

Sarah Collier will spend 2020 as President Trainee of the Western Michigan Chapter and officially become Chapter President in January 2021. An avid outdoorswoman with a desire to make a positive impact on the spaces she uses and loves, Sarah is excited to "work with others to maintain, complete, protect and promote our beautiful North Country Trail."

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Provided by Sarah Collier

Join the Community

The North Country Trail is here and accessible because of the generosity of our many dedicated supporters. Thousands of hours of volunteer support are annually poured into building, maintaining and protecting the Trail. Programs like map development and the Hike 100 Challenge encourage trail use, while the Next Generation Coalition and our Regional Trail Coordinators promote and support volunteerism and advocacy. Together we must protect the North Country Trail because it’s survival is in our hands.

Ways to Give
Matt Davis
NCTA Events

2020 (All Year)

Hike 100 Challenge

The Hike 100 Challenge is back in 2020 for its fifth year. Hike 100 miles on the NCT in the calendar year 2020, tell us about it, then receive your patch and certificate! Check out the Hike 100 web page for an exciting rule change for the month of April!

June 6, 2020

National Trails Day

Organized by the American Hiking Society, National Trails Day is a day of public events aimed at advocacy and trail service. NCTA Chapters host and participate in events all across the Trail.

August (All Month)

2020 Celebration

We invite you to join us for Virtual Celebration 2020. We will have events throughout the month of August. We may not be able to meet in person this year, but we are excited to unite together online and celebrate our accomplishments as we look towards the future.

September 26, 2020

North Country National Scenic Trail Day

Whether you join a local Chapter for a hike or wander the NCT with your family and friends, help us celebrate the nation’s longest National Scenic Trail! NCNST Day coincides with National Public Lands Day.

Find Your Chapter

Connect with the NCT community in your neck of the woods.

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Plan Your Hike

The North Country Trail offers diverse landscapes and trail use opportunities. Whether you’re on a casual stroll or a thru-hike of the North Country Trail, it’s essential to plan and prepare.

Start Your Adventure
Tami Stagman

Our Trail Supporters

Behind the Scenes

The staff and Board of Directors of the North Country Trail Association are guided by core values that represent the organization's commitment to the Trail, our partnerships and each other. We desire for our supporters to have the best understanding of our operations, so we are committed to openness and integrity. (Photo by Tom Tefft)

Our Commitment to Transparency