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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 […]

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Fall Hiking Guide

Cooler temps, low humidity, brightly colored hillsides, migrating birds, no more bugs….ahhhh, we’re in the glorious Fall hiking season again! by Matt Davis, Regional Trail Coordinator for Minnesota and North Dakota Mid to late September is the start of the most glorious time of the year in the North Country. No, it’s not because it’s […]

3 Keys for Planning and Carrying Water on the Trail

Guest post by Ian Young Water is your most essential necessity on a hike. It’s a vital ingredient to life and you should consume it in plenty when you’re doing something active like hiking. But staying hydrated on the trail poses some issues that we don’t often encounter in our modern everyday water drinking. To […]

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5 Trail Etiquette Rules

by Alison Myers, Youth Outreach Intern With recreational trails springing-up all over communities, many people are taking an initiative to get active. This has also created more interest in the hiking and backpacking community as more people are getting outdoors. Every so often it’s a good idea to put out a reminder of these trail […]

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Spring Hiking Tips

Spring is making its away across the Red Plaid Nation. We love spring for so many reasons: hiking without bugs; rivers and waterfalls at their fullest; crisp, fresh air; spring-green grass; and flocks of birds returning home. Did we mention hiking without bugs?! Each week, you’ll see something new along the Trail. So take a […]

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Hike the NCT in 10 Minnesota State Parks and earn “Double Miles!”

Yes, that is right…if you hike miles on the NCT in Minnesota State Parks during  2016 you’ll earn double the miles.  Unfortunately, no we haven’t found a major airline partner to co-sponsor the program and give away free frequent flyer (“hiker?”) miles.  But we do have two great programs and rewards for your effforts! Every […]

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