North Country Trail Association

Trail Alerts

Any current North Country Trail closures or reroutes will be posted here. Check this list before each hike, or contact the Chapter or Affiliate who maintains the Trail in the area you plan to hike. If you encounter an issue on the Trail, please report it using this form.

 

 

North Dakota

No trail alerts at this time.

 

Minnesota

Kekekabic Trail: The Mine Lake relocation has been completed so the Kek is now on the ridge above Mine Lake instead of in the lake. There is now an outstanding view!

For trail alerts along the Superior Hiking Trail, visit the Superior Hiking Trail Association’s Trail Conditions web page. For Trail alerts along the Border Route Trail, visit the Border Route Trail Association’s Trail Conditions web page.

 

Wisconsin

MacQuarrie Wetlands Segment to Pattison State Park: Due to another intense storm, the CR-W highway bridge approaches are washed out, up to 10 feet deep. It is reportedly very difficult and potentially dangerous to attempt to cross the washouts. For now, from where the trail junctions with CR-W (just north of the Nemadji River), follow CR-W north, CR-C east, and Dedham Road south to regain the road walk toward Pattison State Park.

Iron County Forest, Gold Mine West Campsite: As of August 5, 2019, the creek that serves as the water source for this campsite is dry. If anyone observes that it has recovered, please contact Matt Davis (mdavis@northcountrytrail.org) so this alert can be removed.

Rainbow Lake Wilderness, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest: The NCT within the Rainbow Lake Wilderness is closed due to storm damage and flooding. An alternate road walk has been defined and maps are posted on the ground and on the Forest’s website.

Pattison State Park: The entire park, including the NCT is closed due to recent flooding.

Douglas County: (1) The road walk on County Highway B is closed due to bridge replacement. Recommended detour is via Dedham Road north, County Highway C west, then County Highway W south to the eastern terminus of the MacQuarrie Wetlands segment. (2) Spring Creek Bridge, located between the Douglas County Wildlife Area (Bird Sanctuary) and the St. Croix River: The ramps leading to the bridge are displaced, but it appears that the bridge can be carefully crossed. At this time, it is not known when or how repairs will be made. Not far south of the bridge, there is also a short section of puncheon that is displaced, but this area can be easily crossed.

Chequamegon National Forest: As of January 10, 2017, eastern sections of the NCT have been opened by the USFS but with a major caveat. Some of the larger bridges have erosion issues on the approaches. The Trail is open but use caution if hiking these sections of NCT. The entire park, including the NCT, is closed due to recent flooding.

 

Michigan

MSU’s Kellogg Experimental Forest in Kalamazoo County: The parking area off 42nd Street has been closed due to the increase in use and to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19. The trails in the Kellogg Forest are still open; however, due to timber harvesting within the Kellogg Forest between M-89 and EF Avenue there is a temporary reroute. From south to north follow EF Avenue west then north on 42nd Street to M-89. The Chief Noonday Chapter has posted signage along the route which includes a portion of the temporary route off of 42nd Street along a dirt path that parallels the road.

 

Warner Creek Pathway, Antrim County: The boardwalk spanning Warner Creek next to O’Brien’s Pond is floating due to high water levels. Please cross with extreme caution.

 

White Pine Trail, City of Rockford: According to the Michigan DNR, “There will be a temporary closure along the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park in Rockford through the end of March/April. There is a signed detour available.”

 

Ontonagon County: Due to flooding caused by a beaver dam, Spring Creek, located east of the Middle Branch of the Ontonagon River, is getting wider and deeper. Follow the orange flagging to the south for a better crossing of the creek, but still proceed with caution.

 

Craig Lake State Park: The bridges across the two creeks east of Campsites 15 and 16 within Craig Lake State Park are closed. Please use extreme caution when crossing the creeks.

 

Trail east of Black River Harbor to County Road 519 may be difficult to traverse due to numerous washed out culverts creating deep trenches. Please use extreme caution if choosing to hike this area. The route has been evaluated by Forest Service staff and the local Chapter has cleared temporary paths to traverse these trenches.

 

Ohio

Wabash Cannonball Trail: Starting March 30, Metroparks Toledo will be paving a six-mile section of the north fork of the Wabash Cannonball Trail that is also a section of the North Country Trail. The trail will be closed between OH-109 near Delta, OH and S. Fulton-Lucas Rd. (CR 1), which is one mile west of the Springbrook Trailhead for Oak Openings Metropark. The entire section is expected to be closed until approximately August 31. An unmarked 6.9-mile alternative roadwalk is described below:
  • From the west: At OH-109, jog right then immediately left to go east on CR EF closely paralleling the normal route of the trail. After .4 miles, pass by Fraker Mill covered bridge on the left. After an additional 1.2 miles, curve left as CR EF becomes CR 5-2, crossing the NCT. In .2 miles, turn right on CR F. In .5 miles, turn right on CR 5, crossing the NCT/Wabash Cannonball Trail, then immediately left on CR EF. Continue on CR EF for 4.2 miles to its end at S Fulton-Lucas Rd. (CR 1). Turn left and follow S Fulton-Lucas Rd. for .3 miles to return to the NCT. Turn right on the Wabash Cannonball Trail to continue on the NCT going east into Oak Openings Metropark.
  • From the east: At the trail closure at S Fulton-Lucas Rd. (CR 1), turn left (south) for .3 miles. Turn right to follow CR EF west for 4.2 miles. When CR EF ends at CR 5, turn right, crossing the NCT/Wabash Cannonball Trail, then immediately left on CR F. In .5 miles at the next intersection, turn left on CR 5-2. In .2 miles, the road crosses the NCT and curves right to become CR-EF. Stay on CR-EF paralleling the NCT closely, continuing west past where CR 5-2 continues to the south. After 1.2 miles, pass Fraker Mill covered bridge on the right. After another .4 miles, reach OH-106 and the end of the closed section of trail. Jog right then turn left on the Wabash Cannonball Trail to continue on the NCT.

Maumee State Forest: The approximately one mile of Trail in Maumee State Forest has been reopened. The Trail will be mowed and fully blazed in Spring 2020.

Beaver Creek State Park Campground: The Trail adjacent to the campground is closed during construction, potentially 6-12 months. The park’s suggested reroute to road walk from SR-7 to Carlisle Road to Leslie Road to Echo Dell, where that would then reconnect to the Vondergreen in the main park.

West of Beaver Creek State Park: Between Beaver Creek State Park and OH-7, the Trail may be impassable on private land due to timber cutting. Consider following Leslie Road to OH-7.

For trail alerts along the Buckeye Trail, visit the Buckeye Trail Association’s Trail Alerts web page.

 

Pennsylvania

No trail alerts at this time.

 

New York

No trail alerts at this time.

For trail alerts along the Finger Lakes Trail, visit the Finger Lakes Trail Conference’s Trail Conditions web page.

 

Header photo by Grand Rapids Christian Middle School