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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 […]

The Dorroughs at the Trail's Western Terminus

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, […]

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Fire and Flood Safety

by Kenny Wawsczyk, Michigan Regional Trail Coordinator As I write this article today’s high is 65 o but for the past couple weeks it has been hot and humid. And the extended forecast looks to be the same. There’s a lot of clichés about Michigan’s weather and what happened to areas of the Trail during the week […]

Why you should Join us in Fargo September 15-17

Why should you travel all the way out to Fargo, North Dakota for the Annual Celebration? In short: 3 Days of great, diverse hiking. When you register to join us in Fargo in September 15-17, you’ll be able to enjoy some urban hiking along the Red River of the North (yes, the one of repeated flooding […]

3 Keys for Planning and Carrying Water on the Trail

Guest post by Ian Young Water is your most essential necessity on a hike. It’s a vital ingredient to life and you should consume it in plenty when you’re doing something active like hiking. But staying hydrated on the trail poses some issues that we don’t often encounter in our modern everyday water drinking. To […]

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5 Trail Etiquette Rules

by Alison Myers, Youth Outreach Intern With recreational trails springing-up all over communities, many people are taking an initiative to get active. This has also created more interest in the hiking and backpacking community as more people are getting outdoors. Every so often it’s a good idea to put out a reminder of these trail […]