Welcome to the annual North Country Trail Association Celebration, a four-day event that offers opportunities to explore the North Country National Scenic Trail in Northern Michigan, allows you to network with trail lovers from New York to North Dakota and beyond, offers skills workshops and volunteer training, and brings you exciting evening presentations including nationally renowned trail runner Mirna Valerio, an insider’s look at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and an evening at Schuss Mountain with gear demos and giveaways, lawn games, great food and local beer. Join the North Country Trail Association as we celebrate everything that makes our Trail community special.
Getting involved is simple:
- Review the schedule of hikes and outdoor adventures, and choose your activities. To make sure everyone has a great experience, there may be additional hikes and activities onsite that aren’t listed on the schedule.
- Register online. Registration is offered for the whole weekend, or you can join us just for a day.
- Book your room at Shanty Creek Resort with the link provided under Lodging. Camping is also available nearby for those that want to be closer to the earth.
- Check out the FAQ for answers to your most burning questions.
- Invite your friends!
About the NCT and the NCTA
The North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT) is the longest in the National Trails System, stretching 4,600 miles across seven states: from the middle of North Dakota to the New York-Vermont border. The Trail traverses through a National Grassland, 10 National Forests, more than 150 federal, state and local public lands, near three of the Great Lakes, past countless farmlands, through large cityscapes, over many rivers, and through the famed Adirondacks.
The mission of the North Country Trail Association (NCTA) is to develop, maintain, protect and promote the North Country National Scenic Trail as the premier hiking path across the northern tier of the United States through a trail-wide coalition of volunteers and partners. The NCTA unites individuals, affiliated trail groups, local chapters, corporate sponsors and others linked in support of building and maintaining the NCT, and telling its story. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of volunteers along the seven-state trail and elsewhere, the NCTA partners with the National Park Service in bringing the North Country Trail to local communities.