North Country Trail
The North Country Trail (NCT) connects America’s red plaid nation, wandering 4600 miles through America’s rugged northern heartlands. Stretching across seven states, this longest National Scenic Trail is brought to local communities through the dedication and hard work of volunteers. From New York to North Dakota, North Country Trail hikers can find adventure right nearby.
While only a few have attempted to thru-hike the whole trail in one shot, thousands find their way onto a section of the NCT each year. Spring, summer, fall or winter, the trail offers something for everyone. This trail can be rugged and welcoming, remote and festive. You get to choose your own adventure !
Some quick facts about the North Country Trail:
■Longest National Scenic Trail in the United States (4600 miles when complete)
■Administered by the National Park Service
■Passes through 12 National Forests
■Created by Congress in 1980; already has more trail completed than the Appalachian National Scenic Trail is long.
■In 2010, volunteers contributed almost 70,000 hours toward building and maintaining the Trail and telling its story, a 14% increase over 2009, valued at $1.5million dollars!
Iron Belle Trail
Jump on the longest designated state trail in the nation as you hike or bike your way between Belle Isle Park in Detroit and Ironwood in the Upper Peninsula. Explore pristine forests, pass cool rivers and visit charming towns, and find out why Michigan is known as “The Trails State.” The 1,273-mile hiking route (69% complete) incorporates a large portion of the existing North Country National Scenic Trail. It traverses the west side of the Lower Peninsula and borders Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula. The 791-mile bicycle route (64% complete) utilizes existing multi-use trails and follows US-2, a designated national bicycling route in the Upper Peninsula. View the interactive trail map!