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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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New Maps: Manistee and Allegheny National Forests

We’re excited to announce that we’ve published two more sets of maps in our downloadable map series – the Manistee and Allegheny National Forests. Over the past couple years we’ve seen a huge spike in popularity (and one could infer use) of the NCT across all seven states. Historically, the Manistee and Allegheny National Forests […]

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The NCTA Purchases Key Parcel of Scenic Land along Trail Corridor

  Trail protection along the North Country National Scenic Trail has become more and more important as the NCTA and National Park Service increase their attention on getting the remainder of the trail off-road. Most of the remaining sections are on private land and in many cases an easement can be negotiated. In some cases, […]

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Hike the Hill 2018

Advocating for the North Country National Scenic Trail The NCTA is headed to Washington DC this weekend to kick off another Hike the Hill® event, a joint effort between the Partnership for the National Trail System and the American Hiking Society aimed at increasing awareness in Congress and within our Federal agency leadership about the […]

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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 […]