North Country Trail Association

Trail Alerts

Any current North Country Trail closures or reroutes will be posted here.

Check this page 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
  • Sheyenne National Grassland. NCT users should expect to encounter grazing sheep and their guard dogs in between May 1 and October 1. 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.
  • McClusky Canal.There is a major trail detour in central North Dakota because of a slide repair project on the McClusky Canal on the McClusky Canal that will be going on for the next 3+ years. The NCT section to be bypassed includes MM 52 – 56.
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 Highway 113. Hikers should park at the Highway 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.
  • Enbridge will be completing their Line 3 replacement project (a crude oil pipeline) across the NCT just east of Itasca State Park (in between MM 168.5 and 169) sometime during 2021. The disruption to the NCT will be signed on both sides of the project, the NCT will be closed for a short time during construction at the NCT crossing, and there will be a short detour. For more info on the project, visit enbridge.com.

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
  • Copper Falls State Park. Dogs are not allowed on the Doughboys Nature Trail portion of the NCT within Copper Falls State Park. The alternative route is currently closed because of a washed out bridge. This bridge is slated to be replaced this fall. Hikers visiting the Park with a dog should call ahead to find out the latest info on where you can hike with a dog. The park can be reached at (715) 274-5123.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Pictured Rocks – Log Slide Overlook area: Less than a half mile west of Log Slide Overlook a section of trail has eroded into Lake Superior. Please follow the flagged reroute around the eroded section until a more permanent solution is in place.
  • Ontonagon County, west of US-45 – There is a beaver dam at the trail crossing Sandstone Creek. Please use extreme caution when utilizing the dam to cross.
  • Barry/Kent County Line. Please follow the seasonal road walk (from north to south), Solomon Road to Garbow Road to connect to the road walk on Johnson Rd. Due to private property restrictions the route of the NCT will need to follow this road walk until another option is found.
  • 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.
  • 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 pink 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.
  • MSU’s Kellogg Experimental Forest in Kalamazoo County. The NCT is open within the Kellogg Experimental Forest between EF Ave and M-89. However, the Forest is not open to the public on the east side of 42nd St. Please stay on the NCT while passing through the Forest. Notice the permanent change in the route as the Trail no longer crosses Augusta Creek. Parking lots and buildings are closed to the general public as well. The closest parking is at the NPS property north of Augusta Dr. Masks are required while on MSU property.
Ohio
  • Wabash Cannonball Trail. The local electric utility will be doing tree trimming and clearing along the powerline that runs immediately adjacent to the North Country Trail where it follows the south fork of the Wabash Cannonball Trail between the town of Liberty Center and Berridge Rd. The trail remains open but may have equipment on it. For your safety and the safety of workers, please make sure that you have been seen and acknowledged before proceeding through the work area.
  • Beaver Creek State Park Campground. The Trail between the campground and the Pioneer Village is closed during construction, with an estimated completion date of April 2021. The park’s suggested detour, from east to west, is to follow Echo Dell Rd. north from the village, then turn left onto Leslie Rd., and reunite with the NCT at the Pine Ridge Trail opposite the campground entrance.
  • West of Beaver Creek State Park. As of September 2020 the NCT from Leslie Rd (opposite the campground) to Ohio Route 7 has been reopened following the closure caused by logging activity on the private property. The pathway is cleared and open and blazing has been reestablished, but hikers should use caution as they proceed along this mile of NCT as the chapter is still engaged in spot-repairing and widening out the treadway in areas that were damaged by logging equipment.
  • Buckeye Trail/NCT, Cincinnati area: The BT/NCT along Round Bottom Road is particularly dangerous from where the trail crosses under I-275 to the Perintown Bridge. There is no suitable detour. Hikers should exercise extreme caution when hiking on this road segment.

For other 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.

Vermont
No trail alerts at this time.

For trail alerts along the Trail Around Middlebury (TAM), visit the Middlebury Area Land Trust’s “Trails” web page.

Header photo by Grand Rapids Christian Middle School