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NCTA Says Goodbye to the Schoolhouse

by Andrea Ketchmark, NCTA Executive Director The founding of the North Country Trail Association can be traced back to a group of visionary volunteers sitting around a kitchen table in a historic schoolhouse in White Cloud, Michigan. For close to 40 years, the Birch Grove Schoolhouse has served the North Country Trail community in many […]

Sarah Collier

Sarah Collier: Volunteer Spotlight

  “Stay curious and educate yourself on how you can make a difference on the Trail,” offered Sarah. “Do not doubt your ability to help.” Sarah Collier will spend 2020 as President Trainee of the Western Michigan Chapter and officially become Chapter President in January 2021. An avid outdoorswoman with a desire to make a […]

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New Director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry: Brad Garmon

NCTA applauds Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s appointment of Brad Garmon as Director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry. Andrea Ketchmark, NCTA Executive Director, joined other outdoor industry and recreation leaders for the announcement at Outside Coffee Co. in Grand Rapids yesterday. “From the Great Lakes to our expansive forest lands to a vast network of trails, […]

New Maps (UP) Announcement, Nov 2018

New Maps: Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Today, we’re excited to announce the next release in our new map series. These maps cover the NCT in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Ninety maps, coming in at just over 550 miles, the NCT in “da UP” traverses large sections of continuous off-road Trail and remote tracts of northern forests. Welcome to the wild North Country! […]

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Start ‘Em Young: Isabella Lenhart’s NCT Backpacking Story

A backpacking trip always gives way to a hearty story. No matter if the weather was rainy or mild, if the trail was flat or rugged, if the hiker physically struggled or thrived – each backpacking journey is a noteworthy accomplishment. Isabella Lenhart’s adventure is no different. In May 2018, the 8-year-old joined her father […]

Lacie Tryan, Next Generation Coalition member from Michigan.

Meet Lacie Tryan: Next Generation Coalition Member

Lacie Tryan, Next Generation Coalition member from Michigan. Any fond memories or exciting trail stories you have experienced? “This year, my boyfriend and I hiked the North Country Trail section near the Manistee River in Michigan. Our hike started at Red Bridge River Access, hiking north. We anticipated going the nine miles to reach the suspension bridge – Lower […]

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New Maps: Manistee and Allegheny National Forests

We’re excited to announce that we’ve published two more sets of maps in our downloadable map series – the Manistee and Allegheny National Forests. Over the past couple years we’ve seen a huge spike in popularity (and one could infer use) of the NCT across all seven states. Historically, the Manistee and Allegheny National Forests […]

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: https://www.northcountrytrail.org/cnd/mash_ottpreserve.htm

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 […]