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North Country Trail

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The North Country Trail (NCT), which will one day stretch more than 4,600 miles from Crown Point in eastern New York to Lake Sakakawea in western North Dakota, is the longest of the eight National Scenic Trails authorized by Congress. Like its sister trails, it was designed to provide peaceful recreational opportunities in some of America’s outstanding landscapes.

The NCT is administered by the National Park Service, managed by federal, state, and local agencies, and built and maintained primarily by the volunteers of the North Country Trail Association (NCTA) and its partners.

Passing through the seven states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota, the NCT connects more than 160 public land units—including parks, forests, scenic attractions, wildlife refuges, game areas, and historic sites. The list includes 10 National Forest areas, including the Sheyenne National Grassland in North Dakota, and four areas of the National Park Service. Other federal facilities along the NCT include two National Wildlife Refuges (Minnesota’s Tamarac and North Dakota’s Audubon), two Bureau of Reclamation projects (North Dakota’s Garrison Diversion Unit’s New Rockford and McCluskey Canals), and six Army Corps of Engineer impoundments (Baldhill Dam at Lake Ashtabula, North Dakota; Tom Jenkins Dam and Burr Oak Lake, William H. Harsha Lake / East Fork Lake, Ohio; Tionesta Lake, the Kinzua Dam, and Allegheny Reservoir, Pennsylvania).

Nationally, the NCT also threads its way through 57 state parks and state historic areas, 47 state forests, 22 state game areas, seven state water conservation districts and at least 10 county forests and parks. Several hundred miles of trail will eventually cross private land thanks to owners who have granted property easements.

Existing and new sections of the NCT are generally limited to foot travel, including hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Other non-motorized uses, such as bicycling and horseback riding are generally limited to areas specifically designed to withstand such use.

For more information, please visit www.northcountrytrail.org or the National Park Service, North Country NST website www.nps.gov/noco. Toll Free: 1-866-HIKE-NCTlength

Length 475 miles in North Dakota


various access points along route

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