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Michigan DNR awards nearly $250k for projects along the Iron Belle Trail

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has awarded 16 grantees in 15 counties a total of $249,190 to develop Michigan’s newest (and longest) trail, the Iron Belle, portions of which are also the North Country National Scenic Trail. Wondering what the Iron Belle Trail is and how it relates to the North Country Trail? Visit […]

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The Land and Water Conservation Fund – why you should care

Last weekend our GIS Coordinator, Matt Rowbotham, headed with his family to one of their favorite parks. They love to run around, dip their toes in the stream, splash, and then hike a bit of trail. On their way through the park Matt noticed something he had never seen before—this sign: His family’s favorite park […]

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North Country Trail to Host Youth Nature Photography Events

We are always looking for ways to engage youth on the North Country National Scenic Trail. Whether it’s encouraging families to go on a hike together, helping schools develop programs to get students on the trail, or partnering with scouting groups — we love to see kids on the trail! It’s a bonus when we […]

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3 Reasons to join us at the Rendezvous

The Rendezvous is coming September 10-13 in New York. There’s still time to join us for a fun weekend of hiking, learning, and connecting with others hikers and volunteers across the North Country Trail. Check out the full details of the weekend here. Registration ends August 6, so don’t delay and reserve your spot now! […]

New Open Data Portal Tutorial

GPS units are a great tool for helping us navigate the North Country Trail. Did you know that a lot of GPS units allow you to load additional geographic data onto them, for example, our trail line? The NCTA maintains an extensive set of trail information which is updated regularly. We now have a great […]

Share your Love for the North Country Trail!

Do you love the North Country Trail? Here’s your chance to share your love with the world. In celebration of the National Park Service’s “Find Your Park” campaign, we are working with the NPS to create a video to show how awesome the North Country Trail is. How YOU can help and be a star […]

Everything about the Kekekabic Trail presents a (rewarding) challenge!

The Kekekabic Trail presents some of the most remote and challenging experiences for both hikers and volunteers on the North Country Trail. Matthew Davis, Regional Trail Coordinator for North Dakota and Minnesota gives an insider’s look at this unique section of trail from a recent trail clearing trip. Hikers often find portions of northeastern Minnesota’s […]

North Country Trail GIS Wins Award

    We are pleased to announce that IMAGIN (Improving Michigan’s Access to Geographic information Networks) has awarded the North Country Trail Association their Innovation in GIS (Geographic Information System) Award for 2015! The criteria for this award is: The GIS Innovation Award is presented to an organization that finds innovative ways to use geospatial […]