North Country National Scenic Trail Day
You’re invited to join us September 23, 2017 for a national celebration of the North Country National Scenic Trail!
Whether you join a local Chapter for a hike, or go out on the Trail with your family and friends, help us celebrate the nation’s longest National Scenic Trail.
Check back often as we will be updating this page with events.
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Event: Hike Round and Long Ponds NCT Trail Day & NCT 100 with ADK-Onondaga
Help us celebrate North Country National Scenic Trail Day on an Adirondack section of trail in Siamese Ponds Wilderness, north of Speculator, NY. The trail passes two typical Adirondack lakes(Round Pond and Long Pond) with all the ambience one would expect of a National Scenic Trail. We usually see loons and hear our echoes off Long Pond cliffs. Optional supper stop on way home.
Where: North of Speculator, NY in the Adirondack Park. Please call leader, 315-687-3589 to reserve a spot.
Distance: 6 miles
Contact: Mary Coffin MARYCCOFFIN@GMAIL.COM 315-687-3589
Event: Hike NCNST route in Adirondack Park, near North Creek, NY with ADK Schenectady Chapter
Annual North Country National Scenic Trail Day Hike: The hike will be moderately paced. We will start/end hike near North Creek and end/start at Old Farm Clearing near 13th Lake. Bring lunch, snacks, water, rain gear, boots, poles and dress in layers for the weather. The drive is approximately 1 1/4 hours from Exit 12 Park and Ride. Hope to see you there. For details, please call Mary MacDonald 371-1293 or email at email@example.com
Where: North Creek is 1.5 hours north of Albany, NY Please call leader for meeting place and car pooling information. Mary MacDonald 371-1293 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Distance: 8 miles
Contact: Mary MacDonald email@example.com 518 371-1293
Event: NCNST MAINTENANCE TRIP in Hoffman Notch Wilderness with ADK Schenectady Chapter
This trail maintenance trip is in celebration of NCT Trail Day. Side cutting, general trail clearing and blowdown removal will be completed on the ADK Chapter’s adopted trails on the NCT Adirondack route in Hoffman Notch Wilderness: Bailey Pond Trail and Hoffman Notch south end trail. Pease join us as we improve these trails on the NCNST Adirondack route.
Where: This NCT section is 1 3/4 hours north of Albany, NY
Distance: 5-ish miles
Contact: Norm Kuchar firstname.lastname@example.org
Event: Hike the NCT/FLT Onondaga Trail with ADK-Onondaga Chapter
We will hike a part of the Onondaga Trail in honor the North Country National Scenic Trail Day. This will be an early fall hike going thru Morgan State Forest passing by 2 scenic ponds, Spruce Pond and Shackham Pond. Come out and take a hike!
Where: South of Syracuse, FLT Map O1 Contact leader for meeting locations, 315-414-0431 or email@example.com
Distance: 4.5 miles
Contact: Theresa & Jay Evans firstname.lastname@example.org, 315-414-0431
Event: Hike the NCT/FLT West Branch Bucktooth Run Road to Stone Chimney Road with the Finger Lakes Trail Conference
Our hike will begin by meeting at the end of Stone Chimney Road “cul-de-sac”. From here, we will car pool to the W. Branch Bucktooth Run Road to start our trek. There are two major climbs on our hike, starting right at the beginning of the hike (530 feet), again on 4th street (510 feet). Hikers will be treated to the new lean-to built this year in Bucktooth State Forest and views of Salamanca as we ascend up the 4th street hill. Our hike ends with a pleasant flat hike along a former railroad line now known as the Pat Mcgee Trail. Bring plenty of water, extra snacks and your camera for some great photo opportunities.
Where: North of the PA/NY line and Allegany State Park and south of Buffalo, NY
Distance: 3.5 miles
Contact: Mike Schlicht email@example.com 716-316-4388
Event: Hike 100 and North Country National Scenic Trail Day Hike & Picnic with Allegheny National Forest Chapter
Join us for a hike and a picnic to celebrate North Country National Scenic Trails Day! The hike, led by Mike & Tina Toole, will go from the Rt 948 (Cherry Run) trailhead out and back about 4 miles along Cherry Run. We can change the distance based on the needs of the participants. After the hike, the chapter will provide hot dogs, drinks and dessert. Bring a dish to pass if you’d like.
Hikers can meet in Warren at the former Carquest parking lot on Pennsylvania Avenue, just east of the current Warren Tire Center, at 10:00AM on Saturday, Sept 23. From there hikers will set up a shuttle plan and carpool to the trailhead. If preferred, hikers can meet at the Rt 948 Cherry Run trailhead south of Sheffield, PA at 10:30AM.
Friendly dogs welcome.
Where: Hikers can meet in Warren at the former Carquest parking lot on Pennsylvania Avenue across from Bradley St, just east of the current Warren Tire Center at 10:00AM.
If preferred, hikers can meet at the Rt 948 Cherry Run trailhead south of Sheffield, PA at 10:30AM.
Time: 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Distance: about 4 miles
Event: Wampum Chapter at the 2017 McConnell’s Mill State Park Heritage Festival
The volunteers of the Wampum Chapter NCTA will be at this year’s McConnell’s Mill Heritage Festival September 23rd and 24th to talk to share the story of the North Country National Scenic Trail. We’ll have our information tables set up along with our hiking stick carving rigs. We’ll need some folks to come help ‘man’ the tables all weekend as well as people to stop by and visit with us.
Seven miles of the North Country National Scenic Trail traverse McConnell’s Mill State Park. Check out the Wampum Chapter map page here to find out more http://northcountrytrail.org/
“History comes alive at the 25th Annual Heritage Festival at McConnells Mill State Park. The Festival, sponsored by the Portersville-Prospect Rotary, celebrates the operational time period of the historical gristmill—from 1852 to 1928.” More info about the festival here http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/
Where: McConnells Mill State Park, 2716 McConnells Mill Road, Portersville, PA 16051, USA
Time: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Contact: Dave Brewer firstname.lastname@example.org
Event: Butler Chapter North Country Trail Day Hike
Join us for a hike on the scenic North Country Trail on Saturday, September 23. Meet 9:00am at the Parker VFW, 214 N River Ave. for an optional breakfast (The VFW is open to the public 8:00am – Noon on Saturdays) Meet at 10:00am at the Trail Kiosk along N River Ave. next to the public restroom building west of the Parker Hotel. Park along N River Ave or at the Boat Launch Parking Area at the foot of Parker Hill. We will have a brief kiosk dedication and then shuttle hikers to various trailheads for a 5 or 2.5 or 1 mile moderate hike back to your car in Parker. You will hike along scenic Bear Creek, cross the Dead Crow Bridge, and hike past historic oil industry relics, rushing streams, rock outcrops and hemlock forests . Parker is located along the Allegheny River on Rt 268 north of Chicora, PA and south of Foxburg, PA
Where: Parker, PA is located along the Allegheny River north of Chicora, PA on State Route 268 and South of Foxburg, PA See above description for meeting times and locations.
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Distance: 5 or 2.5 or 1 mile options
Contact: Dan Mourer email@example.com
Event: Middleville Hike with the Chief Noonday Chapter
This hike event is a “2-in-1” hike with both a long and short hike starting at the same time and same place. Long hike is about 9 miles and short hike about 3.7 miles. Surface: paved & natural
Select your hike: long or short. This is a “Fast Get Away” hike with cars parked at the end of your hike. Shuttles will transport us to the Start Location.
Time: 9:15 AM – HIKERS PARK & MEET SHUTTLES AT END LOCATION FOR YOUR HIKE. Be on Time!
- Long Hike Park & End Location: W Garbow Rd & Johnson Rd, Middleville .
- Directions: Take M-37 to Main St., Middleville MI. Turn east and follow Main St/Whitneyville Rd north about 2.5 miles. Turn east at W Garbow Rd. Drive about 3 miles to Johnson Rd. Turn south. Park on shoulder (east side of road).
- Short Hike Park & End Location: Park behind Middleville Village Hall, 100 E Main St.
Optional Lunch – post hike: Riverdog Tavern, 117 W Main, Middleville MI
Distance: Long hike 9 miles and Short hike 3.7 miles
Contact: Bobbi Jo Gamache firstname.lastname@example.org
Event: Lowell, MI Hike on the NCT with the Western Michigan Chapter
Come join the Chapter for either a 6.2 or 12.4 mile hike in the beautiful Lowell area. We will meet at the Boy Scout Cabin just north of the National NCTA Headquarters in downtown Lowell at 9:00 AM. At least one car will be spotted at the Disc Golf area at Fallasburg Park for anyone who wants to end the hike after the first 6.2 miles. We will hike at a moderate pace, the terrain is somewhat hilly.
We will head north along the Flat River as we meander through nice forested areas and along some roadways heading to Fallasburg Park. We can eat lunch in the park at the picnic areas. For those continuing on, we head back south for the 2nd 6.2 miles and go back to the Boy Scout Cabin. The hike should take 5-6 hours total. Please pack plenty of water, snacks and lunch.
Where: Boy Scout Cabin, 1047 N Washington, St Lowell MI 49331, From downtown Lowell continue east on M-21 (East Main) to N. Washington go North on N. Washington to the very end where it becomes a cul-de-sac.
Distance: 6.2 miles or 12.4 miles
Contact: Laura Hall-Knapp is an experienced hike leader, working toward the 2017 100 Mile Challenge. Please contact Laura prior to the hike for directions and meet-up information at email@example.com or 616-240-0342. Hike is limited to 20 people.
Event: Hike for Parkinson’s Fall Hike and Potluck Event with the Western Michigan Chapter and the Parkinson’s Association of West Michigan
Please note this event is SUNDAY, September 24.
Parkinson’s Association of West Michigan and North Country Trail Association are proud to partner again for another fantastic event. Our 2017 Fall Hike Event is designed to showcase the North Country Trail as a health travel destination for those living with Parkinson’s Disease. We will hike a beautiful section in the Rogue River State Game area. A variety of distances are planned up to 6.2 miles. There will be a potluck following, which is open to all, even non-hikers. Your entire family is welcome to attend. Hiking snacks and non-alcoholic beverages (soda, water, coffee) will be offered on the Hike and at the Potluck. If you desire an alcoholic beverage, please feel free to bring your own alcoholic drinks (BYOB).
2:00pm – Thru-Hikers Check-In
This 6.2 mile hike is for the Thru-Hikers. We will carpool after check-in to the starting point on 18 Mile Road and hike back to the Cazier’s home. We plan to arrive in time for a relaxing drink and enjoy the Potluck offerings.
3:00pm – Flex Hikers Check-In
Our Flex Hikers will be arranged for any hike up to four (4) miles. After check-in, groups will head out and hike to the placed signs that are the best turning point for that hiker. We plan to arrive in time for a relaxing drink and enjoy the Potluck offerings.
IMPORTANT: This hike is an off-road hiking path with a low to moderate challenge level. Please bring along your trekking poles and an extra pair for a new friend. Thanks.
Where: Home of Glenn & Barb Cazier 1096 22 Mile Road Kent City MI 49330. See times and check in locations in descriptions above.
When: Sunday Sept 24, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Distance: up to 6.2 miles
Contact: Paul Spoelstra firstname.lastname@example.org , 616-890-7518
Event: Hike part of the North Country Trail and Manistee River Trail with the Spirit of the Woods Chapter
The Spirit of the Woods Chapter will hike on Saturday, September 23 at 9:30 am partly on the North Country Trail and on the Manistee River Trail. Hikers can choose from a shorter hike of about 3 miles to a longer hike of about 6 miles. The trailhead is Forest Service Road 7213 aka E. Sweet’s Rd, near Marilla, MI.
For further information and map links see northcountrytrail.org/spw Please RSVP to hike leader Bob Dunning at email@example.com or phone (779) 772-3344.
Where: Forest Service Road 7213 aka E. Sweet’s Rd, near Marilla, MI. See map links below for parking locations for both hikes (When you get the map, click on the parking area of interest and then “directions” and you can get turn by turn directions from your home.)
Parking for short Hike (2.5 to 3 miles) – Woodpecker Creek/Upper River Rd 44.366187, -85.829597 see: https://goo.gl/maps/o1DjsDNass12
Parking for long Hike (5.8 miles) – FS Road 8020/Upper River Rd 44.347073, -85.850092 see: https://goo.gl/maps/WBQyCjrgupy
Participants will then be carpooled to the starting area begin their hike.
Start of Hike (opposite side of Manistee River) 44.347269, -85.828454 see: https://goo.gl/maps/5godRz87YCT2
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Distance: 3 miles or 6 miles
Event: Trail Work Party with the Superior Shoreline Chapter
Have you ever wondered if you could help out on the trail? Do you like being outdoors, in the woods, meeting new people? Superior Shoreline Chapter, North Country Trail has a work project scheduled for September 22-24 this year. It will involve digging in a switchback on a steep hill located about two miles west of the cut off from NCT to Reed and Green Campground.
The chapter has the tools required. There is a small number of camping sites at rustic Reed and Green Campground, first come first serve and more sites at Muskallonge Campground where reservations may be acquired: www.midnrreservations.com.
We would love to have your help and meet you! Campfire rings at both campgrounds. Come for a great weekend. Good fishing, also.
Where: We will meet at Reed and Green Campground. From Newberry, Michigan: Located in Luce County, 31 miles northeast of Newberry via M-123 and County Roads 407 and 410E.
Time: September 22 @ 8:00AM
Contact: Barb Isom firstname.lastname@example.org
Event: Hike Between Da Falls on SEPTEMBER 30 with the Hiawatha Shore-to-Shore Chapter
HSS teams with Tahquamenon Falls SP to provide free shuttle service between the Upper and Lower Falls! HSS will have a NCTA display with one or two activities for children! HSS volunteers hike with the guests at intervals and do a sweep hike after the last shuttle.
Please note–the park scheduled the hike for September 30th–so we will be celebrating on the 30th rather than the 23rd!
Where: Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Meet the shuttle at either the Upper Falls or Lower Falls parking area beginning at 9:00 AM and ending at 1:00 PM. September 30th.
Time: 9:00AM – 1:00PM (September 30)
Distance: 4 miles
Contact: Tom Walker email@example.com
Event: Celebrate Walking in Marquette
Come down to the Matttson Lower Harbor Park off Lakeshore Blvd. and visit us at our booth to chat about the North Country National Scenic Trail, the North Country Trail Association, our local chapter, and the health benefits of walking to persons of all ages and abilities. Enter to win a FREE NCT Hikers Marquette Trail Town t-shirt, make a donation and become a supporter of the NCT and NCTA, or just go for a walk on the NCT, either north towards Presque Isle or south towards the MDOT Welcome Center.
Where: We will be set up at the driveway into Mattson Lower Habor Park off Lakeshore Blvd. on the south side of Marquette’s multi-use pathway which also doubles as the North Country Trail and Iron Belle Trail.
Time: 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Contact: Lorana Jinkerson firstname.lastname@example.org
Event: Hike the NCT in the Trap Hills in the Western UP of Michigan! with the Peter Wolfe Chapter
The Peter Wolfe Chapter of the North Country Trail invites you to a hike on the NCT on Saturday, Sept. 23 to Celebrate North Country National Scenic Trail Day!!
We will meet to hike in the beautiful Trap Hills, along the Norwich Ridge, south of Ontonagon in the Ottawa National Forest at 2:30 Eastern time. Mark Roberts will lead us on a 4.5 mile hilly hike of PWC Segment 10 along with beautiful cliff views!
You can carpool at 1 pm on Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Copper Country Mall parking lot in Houghton, in the corner by highway M26 and the Ford Dealership. We will car pool past Ontonagon and 14 miles south on the Norwich Road to where the North Country Trail crosses Norwich road and goes up Norwich Bluff. If you drive yourself, go to the parking area on the west side of Norwich Road (map here enter your town and state in the upper left box, then press enter on your computer). We will be at Norwich road parking at about 2:30 pm Eastern time and then arrange for the short car shuttle before beginning our hike. Your phone/ipad may not have reception, so bring your paper map for directions from your town.
We will hike up and along the Norwich Ridge past several scenic views and may want to do the Norwich Mine interpretive trail. There are several ways to do this trail depending on your interests. See the map for Segment 10 of the NCT trail: Segment 10 map
Bring water, snack, sturdy boots, hiking pole, and your CAMERA for the AWESOME VIEWS! etc.
If you care to join us for dinner after the hike, then you will want to bring your dinner money and a change of dry clothes/shoes if hot or raining.
If you are doing the North Country Trail 100 Mile Challenge, this hike will add 3.3 miles towards your goal, and then there is about a mile of access trail.
Where: Meet at the parking area on the west side of Norwich Road by 2:30 Eastern time. The NCT parking is about 14 miles Southwest of Ontonagon; on map below enter your town and state in the upper left box, then press enter on your computer:
Time: 2:30 PM ET
Distance: 4.5 miles, 3.3 miles on the NCT and then 1 miles on spur
Contact: Connie Julien email@example.com
Event: North Country National Scenic Trail Day – Mellen Boardwalk Celebration
The public is invited to join Chequamegon Chapter members as they celebrate the completion of a new raised boardwalk near Mellen, WI and Copper Falls Falls State Park. Following the 10:00AM dedication ceremony at Dr. Gillman Park, participants will be led on a hike through the City of Mellen, down the Mellen Hike and Bike Trail, over the new boardwalk ending at a new bridge on the North Country Trail. Lunch will be provided after participants return to Dr. Gillman Park. Bring your hiking shoes and a lawn chair for seating at the Park.
Where: Meet at 10:00AM at Dr. Gillman Park, 302 S. Main Street, Mellen, WI. Following the dedication ceremony, hike through the City of Mellen, through the Mellen Hike and Bike Trail, across the 370 foot boardwalk continuing on the NCT to the new bridge. Hikers will turn around after crossing the bridge and either hike back to Dr. Gillman Park (5 mile total hike) or accept shuttle service back to the park which will result in a 3 mile one-way hike. Lunch will be served at Dr. Gillman Park following the hike.
Time: Dedication Ceremmony at 10:00 a.m. followed by a hike and lunch
Distance: Approximately 3 miles with shuttle service or 5 miles without.
Contact: Mary Stenberg firstname.lastname@example.org
Event: Hike the North Country Trail in the UW-Superior MacQuarrie Wetlands with Brule-St. Croix Chapter
Enjoy a fall hike in the Nemadji Valley. MacQuarrie Wetlands is an artificial marshland created by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, and managed by the University of Wisconsin-Superior for education and research. Meet at UW-Superior Yellowjacket Union at 9 AM (it’s open for breakfast), or at the trailhead on Hilpiper Road, southwest of Superior at 9:45 AM. Your hike leader is Peter Nordgren, a member of the Brule-St. Croix NCTA Chapter and a UW-Superior professor emeritus. Co-sponsored by UW-Superior.
Where: MacQuarrie Wetlands. From downtown Superior, take Wisconsin Highway 35 8 miles south to County C west, then follow County C 8 miles west to Hilpiper Road. Follow Hilpiper Road 1 mile to the end to reach the trailhead.
Distance: 5 miles
Contact: Peter Nordgren
Event: Superior Hiking Trail Association Guided Hike
County Road 70 to Arrowhead Trail. Watch for moose signs as the trail winds through mixed forests to Carlson Pond and Carlson Creek.
Where: Arrowhead Trail Trailhead Parking Lot: At Highway 61 mile 128.9, turn left on Cook County Road 16 (Arrowhead Trail) and go 3.3 miles to trailhead parking lot on right.
Distance: 8.5 miles
Contact: Jo Swanson email@example.com
“Hike Every Mile” with the Dakota Prairie Chapter
In southeastern North Dakota, the Dakota Prairie Chapter of the NCTA is responsible for about 90 miles of the NCNST between Fort Abercrombie on the Red River and and the Sheyenne State Forest northwest of Lisbon, ND. The route passes through the towns of Abercrombie, Colfax, Walcott, and Lisbon, and crosses the Ekre Grassland Preserve and the Sheyenne National Grasslands. Some parts of the Trail are a footpath wandering through prairie, woods, pasture land, oak savannas, sand hills, and river bottoms while other sections are unpaved road connectors.
For the Annual NCNST Trail Day, the Chapter is sponsoring a hiking event in which each hiker will hike 1 to 10 miles and, in total, all the hikers will “Hike Every Mile” to cover the entire Trail route between Fort Abercrombie and the Sheyenne State Forest. Hikers will choose the distance they want to walk that day, the Chapter will plan appropriate routes and transportation, and we’ll all gather at the end of the hikes for a party at the Ekre Grassland Preserve southwest of Kindred around 3:00 p.m (refreshments and music provided). The suggested starting times for hikes on various routes will be staggered so that most hikes will be completed about the same time.
We hope there will be dozens of people of all ages, alone or in groups, hiking at various places on the NCNST between Fort Abercrombie and the Sheyenne State Forest at the same time. This is a great opportunity to have some outdoor fun with your family, some friends, a club, a Scout troop, classmates, or by yourself. Please join us in this unique adventure!
Where: The trail is from 20 to 90 miles from the Fargo area. Those attending will get directions to their particular section that they will be hiking. Directions from Fargo for the celebration after the hike are: South on I-29 to exit 48, turn west (right) and drive 16 miles on SR 46, turn south (left) on SR 18 and drive 5 miles. Turn left at the Happy Valley (Ekre Preserve) sign. Ekre Grassland Preserve 15707 59th St SE, Walcott, ND.
Time: 9:00AM – approximately 5:00PM
Distance: “A variety of miles” between 1 – 10 miles
Contact: Tom Moberg firstname.lastname@example.org