North Country National Scenic Trail


The North Country National Scenic Trail links scenic, natural, historic, and cultural areas in seven northern states. The approximately four thousand mile long trail incudes a variety of hikes from easy walking to challenging treks. When completed, through the efforts of many people, the trail will become the longest continuous hiking trail in the United States. From the Missouri River in North Dakota to the shores of Lake Champlain in New York, the trail allows hikers to experience a variety of features, from clear-flowing streams, to thick Northern woods, from vast prairies to clean lakes. Come and experience your America, at a walking pace.


Seasonality / Weather

The North Country Trail is generally open at all times and during all seasons. There may be area or seasonal closures at the discretion of the local land owner or manager. The operating hours for the National Park Service office are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except holidays.



Public roads and highways access the North Country National Scenic Trail at numerous locations.


Plane - Commercial airports are located in major cities and regional communities at varying distances from the North Country National Scenic Trail.

Public Transport: 

Selected points on or near the North Country National Scenic Trail are accessible by public transportation. A section of the NCT can be found within a reasonable distance of Fargo, N.D., Minneapolis/St. Paul; Detroit; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Pittsburgh; and Buffalo and Albany, N.Y.