The mission of the North Country Trail Association (NCTA) is to develop, maintain, protect and promote the North Country National Scenic Trail as the premier hiking path across the northern tier of the United States through a trail-wide coalition of volunteers and partners.
NCTA unites individuals, affiliated trail groups, local chapters, corporate sponsors and others linked in support of building and maintaining the NCT, and telling its story.
A 501(c) 3 non-profit organization of volunteers along the eight-state trail and elsewhere, the NCTA partners with the National Park Service in bringing the North Country Trail to local communities.
Guided by a Board of Directors that sets policy and program direction, provides fiduciary oversight and hires the executive director, the staff of the NCTA conduct the actual business of the Association. Staff provides direct support to NCTA volunteers, Chapters and board committees; leads projects and programs in marketing and outreach, trail management and protection; conducts development and fundraising, does advocacy work and manages the many business functions of an association, from membership to finances.
The Association is built upon donor memberships, which means your annual support qualifies you as a member. This is true if you are a first-time donor or if you are renewing your membership. Making a gift is the first step.
The NCTA staff provides air cover for chapter business functions, creating efficiencies in non-profit financial management, charitable registrations, IRS reporting, managing relationships with government agencies, keeping records and so on in order to make it easier for Chapters and volunteers to do what they love most – hike and build trail. NCTA staff creates space for volunteers and Chapters to more effectively, safely and productively accomplish their mission.
View our staff bios and find contact information.
Learn more about our skilled Board of Directors and read their bios.
View and download our Annual Report which includes financial and donor recognition as well as Trail progress updates.
View our current list of job opportunities and internships.
Learn more about the history of the North Country National Scenic Trail and the North Country Trail Association.
View and download our organizational documents such as our strategic plan, mission and vision, IRS documents, and tax returns.