About the Chapter:
Welcome to scenic northern Wisconsin! The Heritage Chapter of the North Country Trail Association invites you to enjoy the forests, lakes, and rivers of our trail country in Iron and Ashland Counties.
Our chapter was formed to develop, maintain, and promote use of the North Country National Scenic Trail from Copper Falls State Park near Mellen, WI to the Wisconsin-Michigan border. This area of the North Country National Scenic Trail remains one of the most remote sections of the trail in Wisconsin. Many of the Heritage Chapter’s most active members come from areas far away from the trail’s route in Ashland and Iron Counties. In fact, many are from the Milwaukee area and members often carpool together up to the trail area.
We are always looking for new volunteers, even those who may be brand new to trail building and maintenance. In addition, we are always looking for help with other activities such as tool maintenance, camp cooking, outreach, etc. Many of these activities need not involve trips to northern Wisconsin. If you’re interested in helping in any way, please contact us using the links below and we will see how you can get involved.
Feel like you might be too busy? Volunteers can attend as many or as few events as they are able to and may spend as much time at an event as their schedule permits. There are no minimum attendance requirements. We welcome your help whenever you are able to provide it. In addition, we welcome those who may wish to try one event before becoming more involved.
Please contact us to find out about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities:
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NCTinWI/
- Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/PenokeeHikers/
- View our Chapter Newsletters here
- View and download our Chapter brochure here.
- Join our Chapter: You do not have to be a member of the NCTA to volunteer. However, we encourage you to join our growing community and support the organization as we build and maintain the Trail. Join the NCTA here and select Join a Chapter and choose the Heritage Chapter.
- View this area of the Trail on our online map
Click an event to see more details.
Characterized as “the land of waterfalls and rock outcrops,” this section of trail falls within a less developed part of the state—thus it feels somewhat more wild than other portions of the state. Passing through portions of the ancient, but worn down Penokee Mountain Range, you’ll encounter many rock outcrops. These outcrops offer expansive vistas where the trail passes over the top or skirts their bases and give trailside interest in the form of a wall of lichens, mosses, and small ferns.
Enjoy beautiful places like the Lake Superior shoreline and numerous waterfalls including—Superior Falls, Potato River Falls, Foster Falls, and Wren Falls
You’ll experience expansive vistas overlooking Upson Lake and one half way between Casey Sag Road and Wren Falls on a rock outcrop. And of course, not to miss is the 5 miles of trail overlooking the Bad River in Copper Falls State Park.