North Country Trail Association

Annual Events

The North Country Trail Association offers or participates in a number of annual events.

Get annual event overviews and access the individual annual event pages from here, and view details of this year’s annual events on the NCTA Events Calendar.

Annual Celebration  

The North Country Trail community gathers in a different Trail state each year. Celebration offers networking, skills workshops, volunteer training, inspiring presentations, and ample hiking opportunities.

North Country National Scenic Trail Day  

Each year, hundreds of thousands of volunteers come together on the fourth Saturday in September, National Public Lands Day, to assist with various projects designed to restore and enhance public parks, forests, waterways and more. North Country National Scenic Trail Day coincides with National Public Lands Day each year, to bring awareness, use and volunteerism specifically to the longest National Scenic Trail in America: the North Country Trail.

Allegheny 100 Challenge  

Each June, the Allegheny National Forest Chapter in Pennsylvania hosts an unsupported endurance hiking challenge with no timekeepers, aid stations or finish line, other than the one hikers set for themselves. The A-100 challenges hikers to traverse 25, 50, 75 or 100 miles along the North Country Trail through the Allegheny National Forest in 50 hours.

National Trails Day  

Organized by the American Hiking Society, National Trails Day occurs each year on the first Saturday in June. North Country Trail Association Chapters host events like group hikes and workdays across the entire trail.


#GivingTuesday is a movement that unleashes the power of radical generosity around the world. Each year, on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, you’ll have a wonderful opportunity to support the NCTA with a donation or membership.

Hike the Hill  

Hike the Hill is a joint effort between American Hiking Society and Partnership for the National Trails System to bring together the trails community to advance shared trail priorities with congressional and federal agency leaders including: trails funding, public lands management and conservation, equitable access, and other top priority issues that sustain trails and improve access to public lands. The NCTA is proud to participate each February.


Header photo by Kate Lemon