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.

For Trail Users (#RecreateResponsibly) and Trail Volunteers (Volunteer Guidelines)

NCTA’s Response to COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

 

NCNST Trail Closures and Work Restrictions

 

North Dakota

Sheyenne National Grassland: NCT users should expect to encounter grazing sheep and their guard dogs in between May 1st and October 1st.  The sheep rotate throughout different pastures along the NCT in between mile posts 10-31 (MM 389.5 and 410.5 on the NCTA maps). The sheep herders are instructed to keep the sheep away from the trail as much as possible but it’s not always the case.   Read the Do’s and Don’ts on the U.S. Forest Service sign (posted along the NCT) about how to safely interact with the guard dogs.

If folks are planning a hike on the NCT and are concerned about specific areas, they can call the Sheyenne National Grassland office at (701) 683-4342 and ask what area the sheep are in at that specific time.

 

Minnesota

Itasca State Park: The Gartner Farm trailhead within Itasca State Park is currently closed because the Park is working on a culvert on the road leading to the Trailhead from Hwy 113.  Hikers should park at the Hwy 113 trailhead and take the spur trail across the old field planted in pine trees to reach the Gartner Farm trailhead and the spur trail to the NCT.  It’s 0.9 miles from the Hwy 113 trailhead to the NCT.  Map: https://bit.ly/3cYeNp2

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:The Nemadji River Bridge on County Highway W is closed due to washout.  Detour north on W, east on County Highway C, and south on Dedham Road to regain the road walk toward Pattison State Park.

Pattison State Park:The NCT in the park is closed following 2018 flooding.  Re-opening is planned for summer 2020.

Douglas County Wildlife Area: 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 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. 

 

Michigan

Manistee County: The High Bridge Road bridge over the Big Manistee River is currently under construction. According to the Manistee County Road Commission, hikers may still proceed with caution but need to coordinate their crossings of the bridge with on-site personnel during construction. However, vehicle traffic must follow the road detour that utilizes M-55, Warfield Rd and Coates Hwy. The bridge is expected to be open on or before July 31.

Delton:  Parker Road, between Crooked Lake and the body of water in Lux Arbor is closed to traffic because of water over the road.

Whitefish Bay along Curley Lewis Highway: Due to high lake levels, the Trail between the Shallows parking area and Ankodosh Creek is flooded. Please follow the Curley Lewis Highway between these two spots.

Manistee National Forest, Mason County: The boardwalk northwest of Koenig Road through what’s known as Dead Horse Marsh is underwater. It is not too deep but it will result in wet feet. Check out this YouTube video posted by Joan Young after wading through the wetland to get to the boardwalk.

MSU’s Kellogg Experimental Forest in Kalamazoo County: The NCT between M-89 and EF Avenue within the Kellogg Forest is closed due to timber harvesting. Please follow the temporary reroute. From south to north, follow EF Avenue west then north on 42nd Street to M-89. Also, the parking area off 42nd Street has been closed due to the increase in use and to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19.

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

Stark County: A bridge is out on Grovedell Rd. between Magnolia and Waynesburg. Hikers can remain on Route 183 for a comparable travel distance, but should be aware that Route 183 is a busy road.

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