North Country Trail Association

Trail Protection

Secure long-term protection of the Trail across private land and effectively partner with our public land management agencies.

The North Country Trail crosses 160 different land management units on its way from North Dakota to Vermont, so the NCTA must work with many different Partners to make the Trail a reality. The NCTA and National Park Service staff focus on the national and state level, while volunteers build crucial relationships at a local level. Relationships with private landowners are key to the development and long-term protection of the Trail. Reference the NCTA Trail Protection Handbook and the Introduction to Trail Protection slideshow to learn how to approach landowners, what trail protection methods are preferable, and how to maintain relationships over time.


As of 2023, the NCTA Trail Protection Handbook is under revision.

Federal Land Management Partners

Header photo by Dove Day