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

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

Isabella Lenhart: Starting Young

In 2018, eight-year-old Isabella Lenhart completed a 17-mile backpacking trip with her dad. She also volunteers with her local Chapter to better the Trail nearest her.

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Provided by James Lenhart

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

Support Our Work

Quinn Wright: Supporter Spotlight

Quinn Wright has been the Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference (FLTC) in Western New York since 2015 and has been a NCTA Board Member since 2017. But his relationship with these trail systems started off quite ordinary, like most trail users.

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Quinn Wright
Quinn Wright
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.

June 12-14, 2020

Allegheny 100 Challenge

The A-100 is an unsupported endurance hiking challenge with no finish line other than the one hikers set for themselves. Hikers are challenged to traverse 25, 50, 75 or 100 miles along the NCT through the Allegheny National Forest in 50 hours. Please stand by for updates on this event potentially being postponed due to COVID-19.

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