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New Director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry: Brad Garmon

NCTA applauds Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s appointment of Brad Garmon as Director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry. Andrea Ketchmark, NCTA Executive Director, joined other outdoor industry and recreation leaders for the announcement at Outside Coffee Co. in Grand Rapids yesterday. “From the Great Lakes to our expansive forest lands to a vast network of trails, […]

by Emily Rodriguez

Inaugural Next Generation Coalition Summit

Post and photos by Emily Rodriguez   August 15-18, 2019, members of the NCTA’s Next Generation Coalition met in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park for the first-ever Next Generation Coalition (“Next Gen”) Summit.   Led by Kenny Wawsczyk, NCTA’s Regional Trail Coordinator for Michigan, and Emily Rodriguez, NCTA’s Next Generation Outreach Intern, members spent two […]

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Chris Loudenslager Selected as Superintendent of North Country National Scenic Trail

Date: August 5, 2019 Contact: Alexandra Picavet, Midwest Region Chief of Communications Phone: 402-661-1840 Email: apicavet@nps.gov Omaha, Neb. — National Park Service (NPS) Acting Midwest Regional Director Patricia Trap announced the selection of Chris Loudenslager as superintendent of North Country National Scenic Trail (North Country) in Michigan. Loudenslager is currently the Trail Manager at North […]

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2019 NCTA 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 […]

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A New Route is Within Reach

PASSED! by Andrea Ketchmark, Executive Director of the North Country Trail Association   The North Country National Scenic Trail Route Adjustment Act is legislation that includes two important changes to the route of the NCT:  A change in Minnesota called the Arrowhead and an extension into Vermont to meet the famed Appalachian Trail. Although both changes […]

by Phillip Beveridge

The Federal Government Shutdown and the North Country National Scenic Trail

by Andrea Ketchmark, Executive Director of the North Country Trail Association It’s 25 days into the Federal Government shutdown. We have all seen the pictures of national parks where visitors have overrun campgrounds, left behind mountains of trash, damaged natural resources that will take years to recover and cultural resources that can never be replaced. […]

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New Maps: Minnesota

Today, we’re excited to announce the next release in our new map series: the NCT in Minnesota. We have 92 maps, coming in at just over 486 miles. The NCT in Minnesota runs through a diverse tapestry of landscapes, perfect for the day or longer distance hiker. Welcome to the Land of Sky-Blue Water! The […]

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New Maps: Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Today, we’re excited to announce the next release in our new map series. These maps cover the NCT in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Ninety maps, coming in at just over 550 miles, the NCT in “da UP” traverses large sections of continuous off-road Trail and remote tracts of northern forests. Welcome to the wild North Country! […]

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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 […]