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New Maps Announcement-ND_August 2018

New Maps: North Dakota

If you haven’t hiked in North Dakota you’re missing out! We’ve released revised editions of our North Dakota map series. These maps cover the NCT as it works its way across 432 miles in North Dakota. The NCT in North Dakota traverses large tracts of grasslands, wetlands and working agricultural landscapes. This unique region stands apart from the […]

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New Maps: Wisconsin

We’re excited to announce the next release in our new map series: the North Country Trail in Wisconsin. Coming in at just over 209 miles, this section of NCT traverses large tracts of northern forests and world-famous rivers. This is pure, iconic North Country! The map set for Western Wisconsin is the first official map release for the […]

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Minnesota NCT Guidebook Release

Written by Matthew Davis, North Country Trail Association Minnesota hikers and nature enthusiasts now have a comprehensive, up-to-date guidebook for the *860 miles of North Country National Scenic Trail that cross the state from the Red River Valley to Lake Superior. The Guide to Hiking the North Country Trail in Minnesota: Across Prairies, the North Woods, and […]

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NCTA and NPS Request Handbook Revision Proposals

The National Park Service (NPS) and the North Country Trail Association (NCTA) are seeking proposals for the revision and update of the North Country National Scenic Trail Handbook for Trail Design, Construction and Maintenance. The original handbook was published in 1996. Since then, significant advancements including new legislation, new references, and an increased demand for a […]

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NCTA Celebrates 2018 Annual Award Winners

The North Country National Scenic Trail exists only because of the incredible community that supports it. Each spring, NCTA’s Awards Committee takes nominations for a series of Volunteer Awards that celebrate the efforts of the extraordinary individuals that go that extra mile to make the Trail and NCTA what it is today. Whether they build […]

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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 […]

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The NCTA Purchases Key Parcel of Scenic Land along Trail Corridor

  Trail protection along the North Country National Scenic Trail has become more and more important as the NCTA and National Park Service increase their attention on getting the remainder of the trail off-road. Most of the remaining sections are on private land and in many cases an easement can be negotiated. In some cases, […]

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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 […]