Minnesota is home to an approximately 775-mile long segment of the 4,600-mile long North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT for short) – a non-motorized footpath. Currently, only portions of the NCT's route are complete here in Minnesota. There is a 150 mile, contiguous segment located in northcentral Minnesota between the Chippewa National Forest and Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge.
Minnesota’s only component of the National Trails System, this NCT segment is also one of our State's longest backpacking opportunities. The NCT threads its way around numerous lakes and wetlands and up and down glacial moraine hills in a mixed pine and hardwood forest. NCT hikers will be able to observe soaring bald eagles, spot amazing spring wildflowers, and take in majestic fall colors. There are numerous primitive campsites found along the NCT. An interactive map is available online at http://northcountrytrail.org/Minn.
Additional Date Information: Open year-round for non-motorized uses and opportunities like hiking, snowshoeing, hunting/fishing, and cross-country skiing. Special event held each autumn (last Saturday in August) at Itasca State Park is the North Country Hiking Fest.