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A New Hiker Oasis is Coming – Skyline Camp

Photos and story by Duane Lawton, Jordan Valley 45o Chapter, Michigan Near Petoskey, Michigan the NCT passes through the City of Petoskey’s Skyline Natural Area.  There is a short spur trail with a viewing platform where westbound thru-hikers get their first glimpse of Lake Michigan.  In addition, working with local landowners Doug and Pam Boor, a […]

Why I Volunteer: Jerry’s Waterfall Adventure

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 got involved. Here’s Jerry’s story about a unique location in North Dakota that he wanted to share with the world. That’s how he first got involved. What’s […]

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Skishoeing on the NCT

Skishoeing? Oh yes, it’s a thing.  One of the advantages of the North Country Trail is that we’re a four season trail. There’s something new to experience in each season. And since we’re hardy northerners, snow doesn’t keep us from enjoying the Trail. Snowshoeing is a popular activity on the Trail through the winter. But […]

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How to Get the Best Feeling in the World

Why do you volunteer on the North Country Trail or one of our Affiliate Partners (Buckeye Trail, Superior Hiking Trail, Finger Lakes Trail)? We want to hear your story; please share it here. Help us inspire others to join this amazing community of volunteers. Your story might be the one that inspires someone else to […]

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Fall Hiking Guide

Cooler temps, low humidity, brightly colored hillsides, migrating birds, no more bugs….ahhhh, we’re in the glorious Fall hiking season again! by Matt Davis, Regional Trail Coordinator for Minnesota and North Dakota Mid to late September is the start of the most glorious time of the year in the North Country. No, it’s not because it’s […]

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An Unexpected Adventure: Couple hikes entire North Country Trail

In one month, Dan and Ruth Dorrough will complete their end-to-end section hike of the North Country Trail. It’s an incredible journey that spans 17 years, 7 states, and over 4,600 miles. The Dorroughs will complete their hike while at the NCTA’s Celebration in Fargo on Saturday, September 17. The Dorroughs will make a special presentation Saturday evening, […]