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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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News from New Executive Director Andrea Ketchmark

by Andrea Ketchmark, Executive Director of the North Country Trail Association Hello North Country Trail Enthusiasts! I could not be more excited to step into the position of Executive Director of the North Country Trail Association. As Director of Trail Development, I’ve spent the past eight years working with our volunteers and partners across the […]

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Farewell to our Executive Director Bruce Matthews

After a decade of service to the North Country Trail Association, our Executive Director Bruce Matthews is retiring July 31. In this farewell message, Bruce highlights the incredible accomplishments we have all made together over the past decade including how many miles of trail you’ve built, the increase in membership and giving, as well as […]

New Executive Director Announced for NCTA

Andrea Ketchmark’s appointment as the new executive director for the North Country Trail Association (NCTA) was announced this morning by Ruth Dorrough, president of the NCTA’s board of directors. “We couldn’t be more pleased and excited that Andrea Ketchmark has agreed to move into this leadership role for our Association,” said Dorrough. Ketchmark will assume […]

North Country Trail Association is 35 years old!

So today is our birthday!! The North Country Trail Association is 35 years old! by Bruce Matthews, North Country Trail Association Executive Director We’re youngsters compared to some, but that won’t keep us from celebrating. It was on this day in 1981 that the first gathering of about 12 volunteers, including Lance Feild, Ginny Wunsch, […]

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2015 National Park Service Midwest Region Enduring Service Hartzog Award – Mary Coffin

We are happy to announce that Mary Coffin has won the 2015 Midwest Region Enduring Service award for the George and Helen Hartzog Volunteer Awards with the National Park Service. Mary’s work in New York was crucial in the years-long process of gaining approval to route the North Country National Scenic Trail through the Adirondack […]

New Trail Progress Report Celebrates Accomplishments on the North Country Trail

2015 was an incredible year on the North Country National Scenic Trail. Through innovative and collaborative partnerships and the dedication thousands of volunteers, our trail miles and amenities continue to grow, one year and one project at a time. Without all of these partners, there would be no North Country Trail, but because there are […]

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Scouts: Are you up for the Hike 100 Challenge?

The Hike 100 Challenge is under way and we already have finishers! The North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST), the longest of our country’s National Scenic Trails, offers a wealth of natural beauty throughout its 4,600 miles. We invite scouting groups, their families and friends to join the celebration of the National Park Service’s Centennial […]

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Hamming it up along the North Country Trail

by John Forslin The National Park Service and American Ham Radio have hooked up celebrate the NPS Centennial this year. The connection is that radio has a huge reach, and this is an opportunity for the world to listen in as hams tell each other about the Parks units they are “activating.” And truth told, […]