Most people know about the Appalachian Trail, and Yellowstone National Park, but there may be some other long-distance trails and parks that are not as well publicized but still provide wonderful outdoor experiences with tons of natural beauty. The first that I will discuss is the little-known North Country Trail, which is one of the 11 National Scenic Trails that exist. I will be going through each of them one by one by a blog post dedicated to each.
The North Country Trail is around 4,600 miles long and is actually the longest of the National Scenic Trails. It runs from northern New York, through northern Pennsylvania and Ohio, then up through Michigan, horizontally across the northern part of Wisconsin through north-central Minnesota, then all the way out to Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota. Many of my hiking friends did not even know about this amazing trail. The trail does have an online presence, and more information can be found at the following locations:
North Country Trail Association http://northcountrytrail.org/
North Country Trail-National Park Service Web Page
North Country Trail Association Facebook Page
North Country Trail Twitter page
I know most people would not attempt a thru-hike at something like this. However, this trail goes through quite a few states, and people can hike some of it at least. Overall, this is my number one hike I’d like to accomplish as a thru-hike, but I’ll settle for even just 50 miles of it, if that’s all I get to do. Hopefully I have opened you to a trail you may not have known about!