North Country National Scenic Trail Day

You’re invited to join us September 22, 2018 for a national celebration of the North Country National Scenic Trail!

Whether you join a local Chapter for a hike, or go out on the Trail with your family and friends, help us celebrate the nation’s longest National Scenic Trail coinciding with National Public Lands Day. Share your pictures on social media using #NCNSTDay

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New York:

Pillsbury Lake Hike, Adirondack Mountain Club, Onondaga Chapter
September 22, 8:30 AM
Central Western Adirondacks, near Speculator

Hike an Adirondack section of the NCNST! The Chapter will hike a 3.5-mile section to the Pillsbury Lake Lean-to and back, approximately 7 miles round trip on the French Louie Trail in the West Canada Lakes Wilderness. The group will eat lunch at the lean-to overlooking Pillsbury Lake. The Trail is relatively flat, with some ups and downs, and approximately 350 feet of elevation change. It is a rustic wilderness trail so comfortable, waterproof footwear is recommended. Join us to experience the Adirondack autumn ambiance! The Chapter will carpool from the meeting place: Exit 34 from I-90 at 8:30 AM. It is a two-hour ride. Anyone can meet the group along the way by calling the leader ahead of the 22nd. Contact Mary Coffin at for additional information.

Adirondack Mountain Club, Onondaga Chapter, NCNST Day Hike
September 22, 12:30 PM
near New Woodstock

The group will hike from Webber Rd. up to Fairbanks Rd. and Armstrong Pond. There will be snacks at this peaceful pond in celebration of North Country National Scenic Trail Day, then the group will return. The hike is 4 miles roundtrip. Meet at the Cazenovia Lake DOT lot on Route 20 at 12:30 PM. Drive 4 miles to the trailhead near New Woodstock. Contact Peg Whaley at or 315-633-0154 for additional information.

Central New York Chapter Group Hike
September 22, 9:00 AM
Lehigh Valley Railroad

The Central New York Chapter is hosting a recreational hike on the North Country Trail on the path of the old the Lehigh Valley Railroad, from Bingley Rd. to Freber Rd. and back (5 miles round trip). Meet at 9:00 AM at the parking area on Emhoff Rd., just north of the intersection with Bingley Rd. Carpooling is recommended, as parking is limited. This hike qualifies for the NCTA Hike 100 Challenge! The Chapter is also holding a work session the following week to replace a collapsed bridge. Contact Mark Wadopian at 315-345-3292 for additional information.


McConnells Mill Heritage Festival, Wampum Chapter
September 29-30 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
McConnells Mill State Park

The Wampum Chapter will be celebrating National Public Lands Day while participating in the McConnells Mill Heritage Festival. The festival is sponsored by the local rotary. In the park is the historical gristmill that was in operation from 1852 to 1928. The gristmill houses the fascinating machinery that ground the grain for the community. Artists and craftspeople from local areas demonstrate their skills and provide regional arts for sale. A civil war encampment, art and craft demonstrations and vendors, and family activities on both days bring history to life. The 40 miles of NCT that the Wampum Chapter maintains starts in McConnells Mill State Park. Contact Carol Wright at for additional information.



North Country National Scenic Trail Day, Jordan Valley 45 Chapter
September 22, all day
Southeast of Petoskey (see details below)

Long Hike: Springvale Rd. to Brubaker Rd. (south to north, 12 miles)

The Chapter will meet at the Trail crossing on Springvale Rd. at 10:30 AM and start hiking by 10:45. (Mile 623.5 on the NCT map.) Cars will need to be posted at the hike’s end at Brubaker Rd., about 12 miles north by the NCT. After the hike, drivers will be ferried back to the start at Springvale Rd. Please arrive early if you want to spot your car.

Shorter Hikes: Welsh Rd. to Springvale Rd. (N to S, 8 miles), Johnson Rd. to Springvale Rd. (N to S, 4.25 miles), or Brubaker Rd. to Springvale Rd. (N to S, meet people headed north)

Come prepared for all weather. Don’t forget plenty of water and snacks for the Trail. Bonus: John and Dove Day have offered to host(ess) a pot luck at the famous Day Barn on Brubaker Rd. (at the hike’s end). If you plan to attend, please bring your favorite dish to pass and your own tableware.

This fantastic section of Trail is hilly and runs the crest of the high ridge that runs north-south between I-75 and 131 from south of Petoskey to Thumb Lake. Most of the Trail is high and dry, and hosts lots of old growth sections. Contact Bob Courtois at 248-212-6699 for additional information. The Jordan Valley 45 Chapter’s section of the NCT runs from Starvation Lake Rd. to Kipp Rd. in Harbor Springs: about 75 miles of awesome valleys, hills and wooded Trail.

Celebrate Walking in Marquette, North Country Trail Hikers Chapter
September 22 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Marquette: Corner of the Mattson Lower Harbor Park and Lakeshore Blvd., next to the Trail

The North Country Trail Hikers Chapter will have a booth right next to the NCT as it follows the Lake Superior Shoreline through the City of Marquette. There will be a drawing for local merchandise. Come down and chat about the Trail and the benefits of walking to one’s physical, mental, and spiritual states. The Chapter will be chatting with walkers on the Trail, informing them about the Hike 50 and Hike 100 Challenges, the NCT, the NCTA, the 50th Anniversary of the National Trail Act, and more. Contact Lorana Jinkerson at for additional information.

White Cloud Trail Town Celebration 2018, Western Michigan Chapter
September 22, all day
White Cloud: Various locations

The Western Michigan Chapter is helping to sponsor a Trail Town Celebration in White Cloud. A complete calendar of events will be posted on the River Country Chamber website when available, but there will be hiking, runs on the NCT, and much more. (The website currently hosts a large list of events.) The Chapter will have a display booth manned by chapter volunteers. Contact Dianne Taylor-Chandler at for additional information.

Spirit of the Woods Chapter NCNST / National Public Lands Day
September 29 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Lake County: West of Baldwin, between Timber Creek Campground trailhead and Upper Branch Rd. boat launch

The North Country National Scenic Trail Day will be held on September 29 (instead of the 22nd). The Chapter will take part in an Invasive Species Training. The US Forest Service has had two separate surveys recently completed on the Chapter’s section of the North Country Trail within the Manistee National Forest. The first survey was performed by the North Country Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (NC-CISMA) that identified for the Forest Service their priority invasive plant species infestations along the NCT in Lake and Mason Counties. The second survey was performed by Larry Meyer, Trail Coordinator for the Western Michigan Chapter, that inventoried and assessed the condition of the Trail and its appurtenance, with recommendations for needed maintenance and other improvements along the entire length of the Chapter’s section of the NCT. Using both surveys, a Chapter workday is being planned at the end of September on a section of the Trail between Timber Creek Campground trailhead (US Route 10) and Upper Branch Bridge boat launch (S. Branch Road) in Lake County. The Chapter will be doing some improvements to the trail tread in this area, as well as performing some invasive species remediation with training from Jenna Johnson of NC-CISMA. All the work will be done using common tools used either for workdays and/or as trail maintainers, with demonstrations and use of a couple of new ones. All Trail Adopters, workday volunteers, Chapter members and others interested in trail work are invited to the event. Participants will get a preview of the state of the Trail, and how we can use the information provided in surveys to maintain, protect and improve the Tail. Contact Bob Dunning at for additional information.

Grand Traverse Hiking Club, NCNST Day & National Public Lands Day Hike
September 25 at 7:00 PM
the High Banks Rollaway, NCT

The last Tuesday Night Trek of the summer will celebrate two upcoming trail days. Please join for the hike and socializing afterwards! At the light in Buckley, go south on First St. for 0.5 miles, turn left onto No. 4 Rd. and continue for 4.8 miles. The paved road swings northeast, but follow the gravel road east 0.3 miles where it turns south, then east again, ending up at a parking lot. From the parking lot, the Trail brings you to an overlook. The Trail continues east along the High Bank Ridge with views of the river valley. It turns northeast and drops into a beautiful valley of hardwoods, then winds eastward with continual drops in elevation, eventually crossing a footbridge over a nice stream. Here you are surrounded by marvelous cedars. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring water and appropriate clothing for weather conditions. If inclement weather, the hike will be cancelled. Any hike cancellations will be posted on Facebook. If you would like the Chapter to contact you directly in the event of a cancellation, please email Jill Nordin at with your name. Optional: Refreshment/appetizers afterwards at Frank’s Buckley Bar.

Grand Traverse Hiking Club and Kalkaska Conservation District, NCT Guided Hike
October 2 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM
Pickerel Lake Campground, Kalkaska

Celebrate 50 years of the National Trails Act! Guided hike from the Pickerel Lake Campground on Sunset Trail Rd. SE in Kalkaska. Event is free but please reserve your spot today at

Chief Baw Beese Chapter, NCNST Day Group Hike
September 22 at 9:30 AM
Lost Nation State Game Area

Come join the Chief Baw Beese Chapter for a group hike! The Chapter will meet at the trailhead parking area off Gilbert Rd. in Lost Nation State Game Area at 9:30 AM. Hillsdale County: From M-34 take Pittsford Rd. south to Reading Rd. west to Gilbert Rd. south. The trailhead parking area is right after the turn. (It’s only 1.5 miles off M-34.) Spotter cars will drop off hikers at the Pittsford Rd. trailhead – hiking starts by 10 – and you can hike back to your car. Total distance is about 3 miles. After the hike, the group will enjoy refreshments and company. Contact Bruce Dziadzio at for additional information.



Greenwater Hike and Ruth Bergquist Trailhead Dedication, Laurentian Lakes Chapter
September 22 at 1:00 PM
East of Detroit Lakes

Join Laurentian Lakes Chapter members and friends for a three mile hike in the Greenwater SNA. A trail dedication in memory of Ruth Bergquist, long-time member and inspirational naturalist, will begin the event. The Greenwater trailhead is located 16 miles east of Detroit Lakes on Minnesota State Hwy 34. Turn north on Becker Co. 37 for 12.7 miles, then west on Becker Co. 35 for 1 mile. Contact K. Stenberg at for additional information.

North Dakota:

Hike and Celebrate NCNST Day, Dakota Prairie Chapter
September 23 at 1:30 PM
Walcott Trailhead and Kiosk

Each year there is a special day to celebrate the North Country National Scenic Trail. This year the Dakota Prairie Chapter is celebrating with a great hike on September 23. The group will gather at the trailhead in Walcott, ND at 1:30 PM and hikers will be shuttled to a 5-mile hike on a Trail section that was just constructed last year. After the hike, all who wish can gather for some food and beverages and celebrating at Brewzers in Walcott. Wear your NCT gear, a bandana, or a pin-on sign to show your joy and express your appreciation for this wonderful National Scenic Trail! There may even be some door prizes! In order to arrange transportation to the start of the hike, the Chapter needs to know how many people will be hiking. Please sign up on Meetup as early as possible. Contact the Dakota Prairie Chapter at for additional information.

The Chapter is also planning several events in October to promote the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails Act. On October 2, Chapter Leadership will gather to raise a glass to trails at the Wurst Bier Hall in Fargo. On October 15, there will be a public presentation at NDSU to educate about new trail on an important archaeology spot (Biersterfeldt site). On October 21, there will be a gathering and the first official hike on the Biersterfeldt site.