2020 Celebration

Welcome to the annual North Country Trail Association Celebration, a multi-day event that offers opportunities to explore the North Country National Scenic Trail. This event allows you to network with trail lovers from North Dakota to Vermont and beyond, offers skills workshops and volunteer training, and brings you exciting evening presentations. Join the North Country Trail Association as we celebrate everything that makes our Trail community special.

In light of the uncertainty of our ability to travel and gather in large groups in the coming months, the NCTA’s Board of Directors made the difficult decision not to hold a physical event, planned this year for Clarion, PA.


Celebration is a pillar of the Association’s work and absolutely nothing beats hiking together on the Trail, spending time around a campfire, or sharing meals and stories.

Although we may not be together in person this year, we have reinvisioned the event to bring our volunteer awards ceremonies, workshops and presentations, and even our Founder’s Circle reception to an online format, enabling us to share the love with the entire NCTA community. This revisioning allows us to share these events with more people than ever before.

We want to especially thank our 2020 planning team lead by Susan Giering and Dave Galbreath of the Clarion County Chapter, who have put in a great amount of work to put together a fantastic program. We hope to share much of it with you throughout the month of August as we’ll bring you exciting content and ways to get involved, even if we all can’t be in Clarion. Please check this website often as we add and update information about these virtual events.

While the event will look different, it still has the opportunity to bring us closer together, celebrate our work and keep us excited for the future. We hope to see you there. Thank you for your understanding and support.



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.

This event is made possible by the generous support of our event sponsors and partners.