North Country Trail Association

Ways to Give

Imagine our nation without the North Country Trail. The beauty and spirit of the NCNST is something we can not afford to lose.


A gift to the North Country Trail Association has power. It develops a safe path across eight states. It maintains more than 4,600 miles for public use. It promotes countless adventures. It conserves the longest National Scenic Trail in the National Trails System. We need your help and every penny counts. Together we must protect the North Country Trail because it’s survival is in our hands.

You are invited to join the North Country Trail Association by making a contribution today.

Supporter Spotlight

Quinn Wright

Quinn Wright has been the Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference (FLTC) in Western New York since 2015 and has been a NCTA Board Member since 2017. But his relationship with these trail systems started off quite ordinary, like most trail users.

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Quinn Wright
Quinn Wright

Support the Trail, Support the Work

Make a Donation

Since 1980 the North Country Trail Association has played a pivotal role in leading the building, maintenance and protection of the Trail. This work happens because of the support of people like you. Donate to our Founders Circle, monthly giving program, or make a one-time gift today.

Join the Community

Become a member of the trail community by joining the North Country Trail Association. As a member, you are supporting the premier hiking path across the northern tier of the United States. Memberships start at only $20 and make an incredibly positive impact for the Trail. Looking for a way to share your NCTA experience with others? Memberships make great gifts, too!

Leaving a Trail Legacy

In 1981, a small group of volunteers came together to form the North Country Trail Association. It was designed to serve as a major nonprofit partner with the National Park Service for the mission of building, maintaining, protecting, and promoting the North Country National Scenic Trail. Today, the Association hosts a membership of nearly 4,000 who support the work of 29 Association Chapters covering more than 4,700 NCT miles across eight states. Think of the thousands of boots that have hit the Trail throughout the years. From volunteers to hikers, children to adults, urban lifestyles to country living - countless memories have been made, and continue to be.

That small group of volunteers made a lasting impact that is working in your life today, and you have the chance to pay this legacy forward. You have the chance to make sure future generations experience the same joy you have found on the Trail. Your Trail legacy will live on with a little planning today. Consider these options:
+ A bequest to the NCTA in your will or trust
+ A designation to the NCTA in your retirement fund
+ A designation to the NCTA in your life insurance policy
+ An outright gift of life insurance cash value through a policy that is no longer needed

Leaving a legacy for the Trail not only puts good into the world but there is a quoted axiom in the world of "planned giving." It is said that legacy donors outlive their life expectancies. Perhaps it is because these donors are more grateful, more optimistic, more future-focused. Or in the case of our Trail Community, simply realizing the health of body, mind, and spirit only a good hike on the NCT can bring.

Please consult with your legal or financial advisor to find the best option for you. Here is some language assist in your planning:
I hereby give, devise and bequeath __ percent (__%) of my total estate, determined as of the date of my death to North Country Trail Association, Incorporated, a nonprofit organization located at 229 E. Main Street, Lowell, MI, 49331, Federal Tax ID #38-2423480

Become a Corporate Sponsor

The North Country Trail connects thousands of people to the outdoors each year, and it provides you with the perfect platform to show your support of the important work the Association does. Our sponsorship packages are built to fit a wide variety of budgets and marketing goals.

Commitment to Transparency: We desire for our supporters to have the best understanding of our operations, so we are committed to openness and integrity. Every year we go through a rigorous external audit, and report to you and our partners on our programs and successes. Thank you for your support.



The NCTA values the privacy of its donors. Donor information is kept strictly confidential. We do not sell or rent the names of our donors. We will not sell donor personal information to any third party and we do not send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations. Donor information is kept in a password-protected database on a secure network. Credit card information is processed by a reputable e-commerce provider on a secure, encrypted website and credit card numbers are not retained in the NCTA offices.


Header photo by Jerry Warner

North Country Trail Association
229 E. Main St., Lowell, MI 49331


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