North Country National Scenic Trail

The North Country National Scenic Trail triangle-shaped sign logo features a yellow and white 8-pointed compass rose against a blue background.


Established: March 5, 1980
Managing Nonprofit: North Country Trail Association
Managing Agency: National Park Service


Cartoon image of the NCNST depicting the Trail's course through 8 states.

Map image of the NCNST courtesy North Country Trail Association.

The North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST) gives hikers the opportunity to explore the northernmost reaches of the United States. This Trail is the longest National Scenic Trail in the National Trails System at approximately 4,800 miles in length. It includes treks through seasonally snow-covered prairies, deciduous forests, views of the Great Lakes, and long stretches next to clear, flowing, fresh water.

Western Terminus: Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota

Eastern Terminus: Green Mountains, Vermont at the intersection of the Long Trail and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail

The NCNST runs through eight states. From west to east, they are: North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Vermont.

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