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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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Start ‘Em Young: Isabella Lenhart’s NCT Backpacking Story

A backpacking trip always gives way to a hearty story. No matter if the weather was rainy or mild, if the trail was flat or rugged, if the hiker physically struggled or thrived – each backpacking journey is a noteworthy accomplishment. Isabella Lenhart’s adventure is no different. In May 2018, the 8-year-old joined her father […]

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50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act and the National Wild & Scenic Rivers Act

By Delaini Disher, NCTA Next Generation Coalition Intern If you’re familiar with the Hike 50 and Hike 100 Challenges, then you probably know that 2018 marks 50 years since the installment of the National Trails System Act. But have you heard of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act? Both acts were approved in 1968, making […]

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Hiking all of the North Country Trail in Wisconsin: Jerry Krause

Fewer than 20 people have completed the entire North Country Trail. But every year, many hikers challenge themselves to attempt longer and longer distances on the NCT, many of them checking off new-to-them sections, accumulating more and more unique miles. Check out our Long Distance Hiking Page for details on our Long Distance Hiking Recognition […]

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6 Ways the North Country Trail is Better than a Gym Membership

It’s the season for getting back in shape, and taking an honest look at your health. No matter what state you find your health in as we kick off 2018, the North Country Trail has something to offer you. Here are 6 reasons the North Country Trail is better than a gym membership: It’s Less […]

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Hiking all of the North Country Trail in Pennsylvania: Kenneth Holst

Fewer than 20 people have completed the entire North Country Trail. But every year, many hikers challenge themselves to attempt longer and longer distances on the NCT, many of them checking off new-to-them sections, accumulating more and more unique miles. Check out our Long Distance Hiking Page for details on our Long Distance Hiking Recognition […]

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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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Celebration in Marquette Recap

by Kenny Wawsczyk, Michigan Regional Trail Coordinator For all three days the sun shined down on the largest ever NCTA Celebration, with nearly 400 attendees. With the temperature in the 70s you truly couldn’t ask for better weather, especially considering the fact of how much rain the U.P. has gotten this spring and summer. 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 […]

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NCTA’s Mapping Resources – Summer 2017 Update

by Matt Rowbotham, NCTA’s GIS Coordinator The NCTA is moving forward in a number of exciting mapping areas. The impetus behind our current efforts is the opportunity to deliver trail users a unified mapping system. Going beyond paper maps, our current system facilitates direct access to the trail data used to create the official North […]