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 who maintains the Trail in the area you plan to hike.

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.


A temporary reroute due to the construction of a gas pipeline in State Gamelands 95 near Parker, PA between the El Dorado Rd and Rt 268 trailheads. Hikers may use the trail, but exercise caution. To avoid the area, use El Dorado Rd and Rt 268 or look for updates posted at the trailheads.


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


Tahquamenon Falls State Park: Nearly a half mile of boardwalk is under construction at the Lower Falls area until approximately June 15, 2017. A reroute between the Lower and Upper Falls is in place but will add 1.5 miles to your hike.


Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore: A quarter mile west of Log Slide Overlook another section of trail has eroded into Lake Superior. A temporary reroute is in place and the Park is warning hikers to stay back from dune and cliff edges.

Trail between County Road 519 and east of the Black River within the Ottawa National Forest is unmaintained and treacherous due to areas of standing water and numerous washed out culverts creating deep trenches. Please use extreme caution if choosing to hike this area. A reroute has been scouted and we are awaiting easement agreements with the private parcels.


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.


9/6/16: Particularly hard hit areas include the NCT in the Chippewa National Forest (east of Hwy 371), the western 15 miles of the Kekekabic Trail, and the middle of the Border Route Trail (by Stairway Portage to the east). Volunteers and agency partners are still assessing the damage in places and starting to clear the Trail in others.

3/24/17 update: Severe summer storms last June and July have left areas of severe blowdown along the North Country Trail in northcentral and northeastern Minnesota.

The NCT in the Chippewa National Forest has been cleared consistently as far east as State Hwy 84 near Longville and sporadically further east.  East of Hwy 84, you can expect to find some blowdowns across the trail and patches of really bad blowdown.  The USFS will be clearing it in the spring.

The Kek has been cleared to the trail coming south from Pickerel Bay of Snowbank Lake.  East of there you will encounter severe blowdown.  A combination of USFS staff and KEK volunteer crews will resume clearing in mid May.  It is extremely difficult to hike the Kekekabic Trail from one end to the other. This will be the case until fall 2017.

The Border Route Trail is now fully cleared and open.

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.

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

North Dakota

No Trail alerts at this time.