Southern boundary of the Allegheny National Forest to the Pennsylvania/New York state line
Throughout the year there are many opportunities to hike the NCT or get involved in activities with other Allegheny National Forest (ANF) Chapter members. You can enjoy the Trail with friends and family, or join a guided hike. With almost 100 miles of the North Country Trail in the ANF, there are always new places to explore. Each member can bring their own skills and interests in helping to maintain trail or promote trail events. Trail work days are held once or twice a month on weekends. On those days members enjoy time together accomplishing bigger projects. Members can volunteer to maintain a section of trail, or get involved with planning and promoting the Trail and Chapter events. Our Chapter sponsors the Allegheny 100 Hiking Challenge each June. The A-100 event challenges hikers to traverse 25, 50, 75 or 100 miles in 50 hours. Other Chapter events include monthly hikes, the NCNST Day celebration in September and a National Trails Day event in June. For those interested in geocaching, there are over 100 caches placed along the Trail through the ANF, approximately one per mile. A pathtag is awarded for bagging 50 caches. Finally, a completion patch is awarded by the Allegheny Outdoor Club for logging all 95 of the NCT miles in the ANF.
The Hike PA 50 is back for 2021! The Pennsylvania Trail Council of the NCTA is hosting a “PA Hike 50” challenge with a commemorative patch for those who hike 50 miles on the North Country Trail in the state during the calendar year. There is not a unique-miles requirement, nor do participants need to hike in the different NCTA Chapter’s ranges to qualify for this award, so out-and-backs and multiple hikes on the same mile of Trail will qualify for the award! Visit the pages for the Wampum Chapter, Butler County Chapter, and Clarion County Chapter for maps and information about the Trail through the state. Please use #PAHike50 to share your adventures on social media. When finished, send along a photo or two and fill out the PA Hike 50 Completion Form.