Recent windstorm damages the Superior Hiking Trail in NE Minnesota

From the SHTA website: “September 30, 2009: There was a major wind storm on the trail from Finland to the end of the trail (the entire north end of the trail, about 100 miles) on Monday, September 28th with winds up to 60 mph. Hundreds of large trees came down and now litter the trail. […]

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Premier segment information available on NCTA's website

A total of 18 “premier segments” have been identified on NCTA’s website with the goal of showcasing some of the best hikes available on our trail. So far, the listing includes: * 3 day hikes and a weekend hike in North Dakota * 2 day hikes and a backpack in Minnesota * 2 day hikes […]

New chapter in the works in NE Minnesota

At a meeting last week, a group of Grand Rapids Area Hiking Club volunteers decided to form a new NCTA chapter – the Arrowhead Chapter – in northeastern Minnesota.  Certainly ambitious, the group decided to tackle the eastern 28 miles of the NCT within the Chippewa National Forest (MN-200 crossing east).  This is in addition […]

Volunteers celebrate National Public Lands Day in "the Chip"

About 25 volunteers and a half dozen Forest Service employees celebrated National Public Lands Day on Saturday, 9/26 by volunteering on the NCT within the Chippewa National Forest (the Chip).  NPLD is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. We had an absolutely beautiful day to work […]

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Testimony on the Arrowhead Re-route

The following is a transcript of Bruce’s testimony on the Arrowhead Re-route STATEMENT OF BRUCE E. MATTHEWS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NORTH COUNTRY TRAIL ASSOCIATION (NCTA), BEFORE THE HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES SUBCOMMITTEE ON NATIONAL PARKS, FORESTS, AND PUBLIC LANDS CONCERNING H.R. 481: NORTH COUNTRY NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL ROUTE ADJUSTMENT ACT OF 2009. July 8, 2009 […]

Good crowd enjoys 3rd Annual North Country Hiking Fest!

A good crowd took part in the 3rd Annual North Country Hiking Fest this past Saturday at Itasca State Park in Minnesota.  The family-friendly event was sponsored by the NCTA’s Itasca Moraine and Laurentian Lakes Chapters and Itasca State Park.  It attracted 100+ participants including local area residents, NCTA members from MN & ND, and […]

The Call of the North, the Minnesota member newsletter has gone electronic!

As of the current Summer-Fall 2009 issue, the Call of the North, NCTA’s Minnesota member newsletter will only be available electronically.   This difficult decision has been made for two reasons: 1) To save the Star of the North chapter’s limited financial resources for outreach (e.g. having an NCTA booth at the semi-annual Outdoor Adventure […]

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Updated: Volunteer NCT adopters sought for Chippewa National Forest (MN)

UPDATED! UPDATED! UPDATED! The North Country Trail Association (NCTA) and Chippewa National Forest’s Walker Ranger District are looking for people who like the outdoors to adopt sections of the nation’s longest hiking trail – the North Country National Scenic Trail. Currently, there are seven adopt-a-trail-sections (download the maps as a PDF) within the Chippewa National […]

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3rd Annual North Country Hiking Fest @ Itasca State Park

NCTA members and trail friends in Minnesota are invited to attend the 3rd Annual North Country Hiking Fest at Itasca State Park on Saturday August 29th.  This family-friendly event is sponsored by the Minnesota DNR – Itasca State Park and NCTA-Itasca Moraine and Laurentian Lakes Chapters and will feature: A 6-mile guided hike on the […]

Scenes from the NCTA conference in North Dakota!

This past weekend, a crowd of 150+ NCTA members attended the annual conference in Valley City, ND that was hosted by the Sheyenne River Valley Chapter. The event featured a great variety of hikes, workshops, tours, family activities, and evening entertainment. Above are some pictures from Friday’s Family Hike at Clausen Springs and the Stairway […]