Volunteers hiking Trail in the winter. photo by Thomas Walker.

Volunteers hiking Trail in the winter. Photo by Thomas Walker.

The NCTA and North Country National Scenic Trail are thriving because of the generosity of our many dedicated supporters.

While hours of volunteer support are poured annually into trail building and maintenance, financial support makes all of those physical improvements and the promotion of the Trail possible. Please look through the opportunities on this site and click on the method of giving that meets your needs in supporting the Trail.


Ways to Give:

Make a Donation

This arena of giving – outright gifts of cash benefit the trail immediately and help us leverage other grants and funds for the work we need to do each year.

Join/Renew Membership

Your donation of $20 or more will get you a year’s access to our quarterly North Star Magazine along with discounts in our Trail Shop.

Give a Gift Membership

You can celebrate a friend for a birthday or a holiday or just because by buying them a one-year gift membership to the NCTA.

Make a Tribute Gift

A very thoughtful way to honor a friend, colleague, trail buddy or a loved one is an honorary or memorial gift to the NCTA.

Stock and Property

A gift of land or stock is often a very tax-wise way to make a generous gift to the trail and receive a significant tax benefit.

Bequests and Planned Gifts

Deferred or planned gifts such as bequests, charitable remainder trusts or retained life estates can make great tax sense for you and your heirs and benefit the mission of the NCTA well into the future.


If you represent a corporation or work for a corporation that is interested in the mission of the NCTA and would like to support that mission there are a number of marketing and philanthropic opportunities that will give maximum exposure to your corporation.

Giving Clubs

Our supporters choose to give generously and strategically. Their gifts place them in special giving clubs that benefit the organization in many ways. Members of each giving club receives benefits commensurate with their giving level.

True North Society   $25,000 and up

Founders Circle    $500 to $24,999

Trail Champion   $10,000 – $24,999

Trail Leader   $5,000 – $9,999

Trail Guardian  $2,500 – $4,999

Trail Blazer  $1,000 – $2,499

Trail Builder  $500 – $999

We desire for our supporters to have the best understanding of our fundraising practices and we are committed to operating with openness and integrity. Every year we go through a rigorous external audit and report to you and our partners on our programs and successes. Thanks for your support.

Current Audit of Financials here  |  Current Annual Report  here | Donor Bill of Rights here

 The NCTA is an Accredited Charity with the Better Business Bureau. View the report here.


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 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.