Tag Archives: NCTA

Isabella on the NCT

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 […]

Photo by Steven R. Engle

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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New Maps: Wisconsin

We’re excited to announce the next release in our new map series: the North Country Trail in Wisconsin. Coming in at just over 209 miles, this section of NCT traverses large tracts of northern forests and world-famous rivers. This is pure, iconic North Country! The map set for Western Wisconsin is the first official map release for the […]

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Minnesota NCT Guidebook Release

Written by Matthew Davis, North Country Trail Association Minnesota hikers and nature enthusiasts now have a comprehensive, up-to-date guidebook for the *860 miles of North Country National Scenic Trail that cross the state from the Red River Valley to Lake Superior. The Guide to Hiking the North Country Trail in Minnesota: Across Prairies, the North Woods, and […]

Lacie Tryan, Next Generation Coalition member from Michigan.

Meet Lacie Tryan: Next Generation Coalition Member

Lacie Tryan, Next Generation Coalition member from Michigan. Any fond memories or exciting trail stories you have experienced? “This year, my boyfriend and I hiked the North Country Trail section near the Manistee River in Michigan. Our hike started at Red Bridge River Access, hiking north. We anticipated going the nine miles to reach the suspension bridge – Lower […]

Marty Swank accepts his Lifetime Achievement Award from NCTA Board of Directors President Ruth Dorrough (April 2018).

Why I Volunteer: Marty Swank

The North Country Trail Association has an incredible roster of volunteers who build and maintain the North Country National Scenic Trail. Each volunteer has a story of why they’re involved: Here’s Marty Swank’s. Marty, of the Chequamegon Chapter in Wisconsin, earned a Tom Gilbert Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 Annual Celebration. This award recognizes 15 […]

Minnesota Conservation Corps Crew

NCTA and NPS Request Handbook Revision Proposals

The National Park Service (NPS) and the North Country Trail Association (NCTA) are seeking proposals for the revision and update of the North Country National Scenic Trail Handbook for Trail Design, Construction and Maintenance. The original handbook was published in 1996. Since then, significant advancements including new legislation, new references, and an increased demand for a […]

Board of Directors President Ruth Dorrough with Rising Star Award winner Luc Albert.

NCTA Celebrates 2018 Annual Award Winners

The North Country National Scenic Trail exists only because of the incredible community that supports it. Each spring, NCTA’s Awards Committee takes nominations for a series of Volunteer Awards that celebrate the efforts of the extraordinary individuals that go that extra mile to make the Trail and NCTA what it is today. Whether they build […]

Trail Building

Support the Work 2018

As you hike into the woods on the North Country Trail, your mind begins to ease. The sure path ahead of you is calming and reassuring: You have got a place to go if you need it. You start to feel a part of something much bigger as each blue blaze guides you to the […]

North Country Trail Association is 35 years old!

So today is our birthday!! The North Country Trail Association is 35 years old! by Bruce Matthews, North Country Trail Association Executive Director We’re youngsters compared to some, but that won’t keep us from celebrating. It was on this day in 1981 that the first gathering of about 12 volunteers, including Lance Feild, Ginny Wunsch, […]