Trail Alerts

Any current Trail closures or re-routes will be posted here. Please check back before beginning your hike, or check with the Chapter, Affiliate or Partner, who maintains the Trail in the area you plan to hike.

Run across an issue on the Trail? Please report a trail condition here.

New York

For Trail alerts and conditions along the Finger Lakes Trail portion of the NCNST, please visit the Finger Lakes Trail Conference’s website at http://www.fltconference.org/trail/go-hiking/trail-conditions/trail-condition-notices/.

Pennsylvania

Lawrence County:  June 2019- Between Sankey Hill Rd. and Fletcher Hill Rd- There is a logging operation on this parcel of private property  and the pathway has been disrupted by the heavy equipment being used. Blazes are non existent and multiple skid roads have been cut through this section of woods making navigation a challenge. Also, the high amount of rainfall we’ve experienced in western PA this spring has exacerbated the problem, creating mud bogs where the NCT runs through the area. Once logging operations wrap up and Pennsylvania dries out a bit, volunteers from the Wampum Chapter will be out to rework and reblaze the pathway. In the meantime hikers should avoid this area, and instead use the road walk south on Snake Run Rd. to Fletcher Hill Rd. and pick up the trail there.

Ohio

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 OH7

For Trail alerts and conditions along the Buckeye Trail portion of the NCNST, please visit the Buckeye Trail Association’s website at http://www.buckeyetrail.org/alerts.php.

Michigan

  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (PIRO) Camping Reservations: PIRO is changing their reservation system for ALL drive-in campsites. The reservation system will go live at 10:00 am (Eastern time) Thursday, June 27. At that time you will be able to make a reservation for dates BEGINNING on THURSDAY, JULY 11. Camping fees are $20 per night. For the evening of Thursday, July 11, and each following date until mid-October, ALL campsites (including disability accessible sites) will require a reservation. There will be no drop-in camping. To make a reservation, go online when the system goes live at www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777. International callers: 1-518-885-3635. Information about campsite parking length, location, pictures and other details will be on Recreation.gov when you make your reservation. (For Backcountry Camping information, click here.)
  • Craig Lake State Park: Hazardous bridge crossing just east of campsite 16 within Craig Lake State Park. Please use extreme caution when crossing the river.
  • Hiawatha National Forest,  North Dick Road Trailhead: This trailhead will be closed during the duration of the timber sale (into September) occurring on both the east and west side of Dick Road. Parking along the side of Dick Road 50 yards south of the trail crossing is the recommended alternative.
  • Hiawatha National Forest, Naomikong Creek: The suspension bridge over Naomikong Creek has been closed due to significant safety and structural issues. Forest Service engineers are working on a retrofit design and material price quotes to correct the issues. Until further notice please follow the Curley Lewis Highway between Naomikong Overlook and the Shallows parking area. The road walk is approximately 1.5 miles.
  • 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: http://arcg.is/2dA3kOS. The route has been evaluated by Forest Service staff and the local Chapter has cleared temporary paths to traverse these trenches.

Wisconsin

  • 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.
  • Moose River just east of West Mail Road in Town of Gordon: The bridge across the mouth of the Moose River has some storm damage. The railings are reportedly  missing, but the bridge should be otherwise passable
  • Pattison State Park: The entire park, including the NCT is closed due to recent flooding.
  • Douglas County:
    • The Saunders Grade is closed to motorized use due to erosion issues but is passable to hikers. However, there a 100-300 foot stretch that is underwater (depending on recent rain) that requires either wading through with sandals (surface is solid) or picking your way around the water by walking in the woods on either side of the grade. There is a flagged route on the east, but the ditches on the west are easier to jump across.
    • 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 displaces, but this area can be easily crossed.

1/10/2017: The Eastern Sections of NCT in the Chequamegon National Forest have now been opened by the USFS but with this major caveat: There are still issues with bridges with some of the larger bridges having some erosion issues on the approaches. The trail is open but you will need to use CAUTION in hiking these sections of NCT.The entire park, including the NCT is closed due to recent flooding.

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 portion of the NCNST, please visit the Superior Hiking Trail Association’s website at https://shta.org/trail-conditions/.

For Trail alerts along the Border Route Trail portion of the NCNST, please visit the Border Route Trail Association’s website at http://borderroutetrail.org/conditions.html.

North Dakota

No Trail alerts at this time.