The North Country Trail Association is the volunteers who build, maintain and tell the story of the North Country National Scenic Trail.
The North Country National Scenic Trail is the longest hiking trail in the National Scenic Trails System. Stretching 4600 miles from North Dakota's Lake Sakakawea to the Vermont border of New York, the North Country Trail celebrates the unique peoples, cultures and landscapes of America's red-plaid nation. The North Country Trail Association consists of volunteers in chapters and partner groups united behind the vision of a continuous, world class hiking trail linking the northern tier of states. Designated by Congress in 1980, the NCNST is one of eleven national scenic trails, more than twice the length of its sister Appalachian Trail. With more miles already volunteer-built than the A.T. is long, the NCNST is still only half-finished. With a marketing strategy of bringing world-class adventure to each trail community's back door, right nearby, the NCTA seeks to grow the number of volunteers and the capacity of its chapters to see the Trail completed and 'owned' by all the communities touched.