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


No Trail alerts at this time.


For Trail alerts and conditions along the Buckeye Trail portion of the NCNST, please visit the Buckeye Trail Association’s website at


Manistee National Forest: The bridge over the Manistee River on Coates Road known as “Red Bridge” will be completely replaced starting around April 2nd until a proposed open date of August 24. Although this will not impact hikers only traveling along the NCT it is part of the Manistee River Loop so hikers need to plan accordingly as no traffic will be allowed during construction. View a re-route map here. For more information visit the Huron-Manistee National Forest’s webpage.

Marshall: Marshall Avenue footbridge is closed due to a power company project. Suggested re-route is to turn right on River Street and follow the sidewalk west and south till it connects with the Riverwalk.

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 will be evaluated in the spring of 2018.


1/10/17: 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.


Severe summer storms in June/July 2016 left areas of severe blowdown along the North Country Trail in northcentral and northeastern Minnesota.

You will still find patches of significant blowdown along the NCT in the Chippewa National Forest north and northeast of Remer.  This will be cleared in spring-summer 2018.

Blowdown areas along the Kekekabic and Border Route Trails have mostly been cleared…but hikers still should be prepared to encounter patches of blowdown and need to have Wilderness navigation / bushwacking skills (route finding through / around).

Significant blowdown remains on the loop trails off the Kekekabic Trail (e.g. Snowbank, Old Pines, Disappointment, Becoosin-Benezie, etc) but the U.S. Forest Service has had and will again have crews out working on them in 2018. Call the Ely office (218-365-7600) to get the latest conditions before tackling these loop trails.

Please note that your hike will be impacted in these areas.  Call or email Matthew Davis if you have particular questions ( /701-388-1883).

For Trail alerts along the Superior Hiking Trail portion of the NCNST, please visit the Superior Hiking Trail Association’s website at

For Trail alerts along the Border Route Trail portion of the NCNST, please visit the Border Route Trail Association’s website at

North Dakota

No Trail alerts at this time.