Hike It.
Build It.
Love It.

Your Adventure Starts Here

The North Country National Scenic Trail is the longest in the National Trails System, stretching 4,800 miles across eight states from North Dakota to Vermont, traversing forests and farmlands, remote terrain and nearby communities. 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
Campbell Family

Maps + Discovery

Simon Jaklin: Hike 100 Finisher

In 2020, Boy Scout Troop 346 of Negaunee, Michigan chose to trek the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore rather than head to scout camp due to coronavirus concerns. One of the Scouts, 12-year-old Simon Jaklin, and his family were then motivated to continue hiking the North Country Trail and pursue the Hike 100 Challenge.

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Jaklin Family

Hike It. Build It. Love It.

The North Country Trail Association's mission is to develop, maintain, protect and promote the Trail through a trail-wide coalition of volunteers and partners and we change lives in the process. Join us in the effort. Hike it. Build it. Love it.

Get Involved

Get Involved

Build Trail, Build Community

Diverse volunteer opportunities are available across the entire North Country Trail, from trail building and maintenance to outreach work to volunteer photography. If you want to get involved in improving the Trail and its community, we've got options for you.

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NCTA ANF Chapter

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. Give a gift, join a Chapter, or renew your membership today.

Ways to Give
Matt Davis

Support Our Work

Larry and Shannon Bell Clear a Path for the North Country Trail Association

Motivated by a life changing experience, Larry Bell challenged himself to hike the entire Michigan section of the NCNST: 1,150 miles. Mile after mile, he experienced firsthand how spending time outdoors changes lives, and he wanted to share that opportunity with others. His experience on the Trail and conversations with NCTA staff and volunteers also helped him realize just how much work goes into building, maintaining, and protecting a National Scenic Trail for all to enjoy.

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NCTA Events

All Year

Hike 100 Challenge

The Hike 100 Challenge is back in 2022 for its seventh year! Hike 100 miles on the NCT in the calendar year 2022 (January 1 through December 31), tell us about it, then receive your patch and certificate.

November 29, 2022


#GivingTuesday is a movement that unleashes the power of radical generosity around the world. Support the NCTA on this important day with a donation or membership.

June 4, 2022

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.

October 5-9, 2022

Annual Celebration

We look forward to gathering in Minnesota in 2022 to celebrate another wonderful year with our North Country Trail Community!

Find Your Chapter

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

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Stay Connected

To receive our monthly e-newsletter, the Blue Blaze Bulletin, become a member today or sign up here.

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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