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

Wampum Chapter Temporary Trail Closure For Hunting Season: The landowner between Louthan Rd. PA Mile 7.6 to PA Mile 9.1 has requested that hikers not use the NCT during the periods of 10/23/19 to 11/16/19 and 11/23/19 to 12/14/19 due to hunting activity on the property.

The alternate route during this temporary closure is:
From the west – Continue along Louthan Rd. for ½ mile and then turn left onto Georgetown Rd. and follow that for one mile, crossing over PA Route 51. The trail can be accessed at the Seceder Cemetery.
From the east: From the Seceder Cemetery cross over PA Route 51 on Georgetown Rd. and continue on for one mile, then turn right onto Louthan Rd. and follow that for one mile until reaching PA Route 168.

Ohio

  • Maumee State Forest: The approximately 1 mile of trail in Maumee State Forest has not been maintained for a while and is currently impassable. Volunteers in the area are working to reopen the trail soon. In the meantime, to bypass this section, follow Waterville-Swanton Rd., Berkey Southern Rd., and Archbold-Whitehouse Rd.
  • 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

  • City of Rockford along the White Pine Trail: 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 October or early November. 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: Hazardous bridge crossing just east of campsite 16 within Craig Lake State Park. Please use extreme caution when crossing the river.
  • 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

  • McQuarrie Wetlands Segment to Pattison State Park: Due to another intense storm, the CR-W highway bridge approaches are washed out–up to 10 feet deep. It is reportedly very difficult and potentially dangerous to attempt to cross the wash outs. For now, from where the trail junctions with CR-W (just north of the Nemadji River), follow CR-W north, CR-C east, and Dedham Road south to regain the road walk toward Pattison SP.
  • Iron County Forest. Gold Mine West Campsite: As of 8/5/19, the creek that serves as the water source for this campsite is dry. If anyone observes that it has recovered, please contact bmenke@northcontrytrail.org so that this trail alert can be removed.
  • 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.
  • Pattison State Park: The entire park, including the NCT is closed due to recent flooding.
  • Douglas County:
    • The roadwalk on County Highway B is closed due to bridge replacement. Recommended detour is via Dedham Rd north., County Highway C west, then County Highway W south to the eastern terminus of the MacQuarrie Wetlands segment.
    • 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.