Tag Archives: hiking

An Intro to Using the Interactive Mapping Tool – ArcGIS Online

With 4,600 miles to explore, the North Country Trail has something for everyone. Love waterfalls? We’ve got those. Pine forests? Plenty. Rivers and lakes? Definitely. Gradual elevations and sweeping views? Absolutely. The North Country Trail wanders through a diverse geographical offering. You could almost say every mile offers a new experience. The questions we get […]

11 Interesting Things about Trail Advocacy

by Bruce Matthews, Executive Director Advocacy, or “lobbying” to some, is the art of persuasively educating elected representatives about issues and legislation of concern.  Advocacy is typically done in hopes the officials then vote or act appropriately.  It is part of my job at North Country Trail Association to help build relationships with these Members […]

Join us for National Trails Day

National Trails Day is coming June 6. This nationwide event, created by the American Hiking Society, is the country’s largest celebration of trails. You can participate in events in every state across the country, including locations all along the North Country Trail. Events will include guided hikes, tours, trail maintenance, trail town celebrations, opportunities to learn more about […]

3 Reasons to Hike the Allegheny 100 Challenge

Pre-registration closes in just one week for this year’s Allegheny 100 hiking challenge. Last year, 86 hikers challenged themselves to hike 25, 50, 75 or 100 miles of the North Country Trail in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) in a 50 hour time period. The Allegheny 100 Challenge (A-100) is unsupported, so hikers are responsible for supplying their own food, drinks and […]

Wild in the North Country – by Michele Oberholtzer

Inspired by the book Wild, Michele Oberholtzer backpacked more than 700 miles alone across Northern Michigan from Leelenau to Keweenaw. Here are some adapted entries from her travel journal.   I was a terrible believer in things, but I was also a terrible nonbeliever in things, I was as searching as I was skeptical.         […]

Wild in the North Country – Part Six

By Michele Oberholtzer On Ending Day 44, Mile 700 This morning I decided to wake up early to watch the sunrise from my camp at Moskey Basin on Isle Royale. It was cold and I was tired. I packed up everything but my sleeping bag and curled up in it, leaning against my pack and […]

Wild in the North Country – Part Five

By Michele Oberholtzer On Being Lost Day 32, Mile 483 I think I’m in an abusive relationship with the trail. When I lose it, I curse it, swear I don’t need it and I’m better off without it. And then, invariably, as soon as I see a blue blaze I am flooded with relief and […]

Wild in the North Country – Part Four

By Michele Oberholtzer Lake Superior Day 20, Mile 243 I have not spoken all day. I did not intentionally try to do it, it’s just that I never had reason to say anything. I am fairly certain I haven’t had a full silent day since I spoke my first word as a child. Yesterday I […]

Wild in the North Country – Part Three

By Michele Oberholtzer The Upper Peninsula Day 15, Mile 211 I arrived in Mackinaw City wet from the pouring rain and angry at myself for getting lost. I decided to get a hotel room even though that feels indulgent and wimpy and lazy. There was a massive storm at night. I ran around taking pictures […]

Wild in the North Country – Part Two

By Michele Oberholtzer On Curing Myself Day 7, Mile 91 Today I crossed the 45th parallel in a place called the Jordan River Valley. For a long time I have been searching for a way to differentiate the past from the future, a reason why tomorrow will be different from yesterday. There have been countless […]