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Crews finish their hard work to restore the Kekekabic Trail

  Recently, a significant downfall was cut from across the Kekekabic Trail, an unofficial portion of the NCNST within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern MN. It was the last tree that fell across the western 15 miles of the Kek during last summer’s very strong windstorms to be cut.  These storms left […]


NCNST Route Adjustment Act Advocacy Update {and request}

The NCTA is starting over in this 115th Congress in our efforts to obtain passage of our Route Adjustment legislation that we came close to seeing pass during the last few weeks of the 114th Congress in December, and we need your help! Word from Bruce Matthews is that Rep. Richard Nolan introduced the House version of […]

NCTA’s trail management staff attend the National Scenic Trails Workshop

Fun in the sun: The National Scenic Trails Workshop and NCT Trail Management Staff Meeting in Pensacola, Florida November 13-18 by Andrea Ketchmark In the last 49 years since the 1968 passage of the National Trails System Act, only 30 National Scenic and Historic Trails have been designated by Congress. The purpose of these trails are to […]

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New Year’s Fun in North Dakota

The Dakota Prairie Chapter (DPC) in North Dakota, kicked off the New Year with a weekend-long hiking adventure. As they said “goodbye” to 2016, they rang in 2017 and got a jump start on their Hike100 Challenge for 2017. The Chapter is also hosting a Dakota Challenge where North Dakota members of the NCTA are encouraged […]


Skishoeing on the NCT

Skishoeing? Oh yes, it’s a thing.  One of the advantages of the North Country Trail is that we’re a four season trail. There’s something new to experience in each season. And since we’re hardy northerners, snow doesn’t keep us from enjoying the Trail. Snowshoeing is a popular activity on the Trail through the winter. But […]

Hikers’ Challenge 165 set to begin in northcentral MN

The Laurentian Lakes and Itasca Moraine Chapters are co-sponsoring a new hiking challenge event this year….the Hikers’ Challenge 165.  The challenge is to hike as much of you can of the NCT between State Hwy 34 (east of Detroit Lakes) and State Hwy 6 (northeast of Remer) – the trail section featured in the Guide to […]

North Dakota and Minnesota newsletter now available

The latest Call of the North Fall Winter 2014 issue of our newsletter is now available (PDF – 3.3MB).  In it, you’ll read about… a recap of the Dakota Prairie Chapter’s “Hike every mile” event on North Country National Scenic Trail Day a recap of the Minnesota Hiking Celebration event an update on what’s happening with several of our Chapters […]

Celebrate National Trails Day on the NCT!

Question: What national “holiday” is celebrated this Saturday (June 7th)? Answer: National Trails Day®. According to the American Hiking Society, the 22nd annual National Trails Day® will be “the country’s largest celebration of trails” which will “bring together outdoor enthusiasts across the country.”  It is a “celebration of America’s magnificent trail system and its countless supporters and volunteers. More than […]

Extending the NCT into Vermont is one step closer to reality!

From a 1/9/14 National Park Service press release North Country National Scenic Trail Feasibility Study for Extension to the Appalachian Trail in Vermont Completed The National Park Service has completed the Feasibility Study and Environmental Assessment to extend the North Country National Scenic Trail approximately 40 miles through Addison County, Vermont to connect with the […]

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