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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act!

On October 2nd 1968, President Johnson signed the National Trails System Act, recognizing the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails as the first two National Scenic Trails.</big? Since then, 9 other National Scenic Trails, 19 Historic Trails and hundreds of National Recreation Trails have been designated across the county. The North Country National Scenic Trail was added […]

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4 Hiking Safety Tips for Hunting Season

By Dan Watson, former NPS Volunteer Coordinator for the NCNST With the coming of fall foliage and cooler weather, trail volunteers and recreational hikers can expect to encounter hunting activity along the North Country Trail for the next several months. Because the North Country Trail crosses through a diverse compilation of landowners, including numerous types […]


NCTA’s Mapping Resources – Summer 2017 Update

by Matt Rowbotham, NCTA’s GIS Coordinator The NCTA is moving forward in a number of exciting mapping areas. The impetus behind our current efforts is the opportunity to deliver trail users a unified mapping system. Going beyond paper maps, our current system facilitates direct access to the trail data used to create the official North […]

Trail Alert: Ott Preserve – Emmett Charter Township, MI

  A portion of the NCT in the Ott Biological Preserve in Calhoun County has been temporarily re-routed while the Calhoun County Trailway is constructed in the same corridor as the northern portion of the Trail.   Please see the Chief Noonday Chapter page for more information:

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Trail Alert: Middleville, MI – Paul Henry Thornapple Trail

The Paul Henry Thornapple Trail section from McCann Rd to downtown Middleville is closed from November 1 to December 1. This trail closure is an annual event. The portion of the Paul Henry Thornapple Trail/NCNST between the south village limits of Middleville (the second bridge south of Main Street) and McCann Road is closed each […]

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Trail Alert: Superior Hiking Trail, Minnesota

From David Tosten – At the South end of Superior Hiking Trail in Jay Cooke State Park, the footbridge across the Saint Louis River is closed due to flooding that occurred in June 2012. Bridge repairs will not be completed until late summer in 2013.For more info contact the Superior Hiking Trail Association at (218) 834-2700, or […]

HSS and AmeriCorps

Our Hiawatha-Shore-to-Shore Chapter recently submitted two separate press releases regarding the recent help they received from a great group of AmeriCorps Volunteers.  Read below and find out all the amazing work that was accomplished by team “Cedar Six!” October 12, 2012 Press Release: AmeriCorps Team Working on NCT From: Kay Kujawa President/Communications Coordinator, Hiawatha Shore-to-Shore […]

Trail Alert: Augusta, Michigan

From Jeffrey Keller – I took my two young sons to hike the section just north of Augusta Drive in Augusta, MI on September 30, and there was some heavy pre-deer season target practice going on in the woods just west of the corn field and south of the power lines. Some people might want to […]

Trail Alert: Ontonagon County near Victoria Dam

From Kathy Lowery: My friend and I hiked the North Country trail from Victoria Dam to US45 last Thursday, August, 2012. When we reached the 2.6 mile portion left between County Road 733 and US45 we found it nearly impossible to navigate. A large storm had come through and many mature trees were brought down […]

NPS Announces New Superintendent

The National Park Service has announced a new Superintendent for the North Country National Scenic Trail.  Mark Weaver will officially come on board late summer/early fall as he finishing his duties as superintendent of the Nicodemus National Historic Site in Kansas, His background is in community planning and the NPS’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, […]