North Country National Scenic Trail

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Finding the blue blaze on the North Country Trail
Hikers on North Country Trail at Sheyenne State Forest
Hiking the NCT at Lake Ashtabula
250 Main St. W.,
Valley City ND 58072
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The North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT) was authorized by Congress in 1980. This premier footpath stretches more than 4,600 miles across seven northern states from upstate New Hampshire to its western terminus at Lake Sakakawea State Park.

Of the eleven National Scenic Trails, the NCT is the longest and is the only one found within North Dakota. It is open for year-round use but it is best to check the weather and trail conditions before using the trail. In North Dakota, approximately 225 miles (of an estimated 475) of the NCT are completed. This includes longer (backpackable) segments within the Sheyenne National Grasslands, along Lake Ashtabula, along the New Rockford Canal, within Lonetree Wildlife Management Area and along the McClusky Canal.

Shorter, (day-hike) segments may be found within the Sheyenne State Forest, at Fort Ransom State Park, from Kathryn to Clausen Springs Recreation Area, within Valley City and at Lake Sakakawea State Park. A map showing the route of the NCT and the location of completed segments is available online at

Since there are multiple spots to access the North Country Trail, here are several contacts: Sheyenne National Grasslands, U.S. Forest Service, 1601 Main St., PO Box 946, Lisbon, ND 58054; Phone: 1-701-683-4342; email: [email protected]; website:

For the Sheyenne State Forest, Fort Ransom State Park, Kathryn to Clausen Springs, Valley City and Lake Ashtabula segments, contact the Sheyenne River Valley Chapter c/o Rosebud Visitor Center, 250 Main St. W., Valley City, ND 58072; city phone: 1-701-845-1891, toll-free phone: 1-888-288-1891; fax: 1-701-845-1892; email: [email protected], website:

Lonetree Wildlife Management Area, North Dakota Game & Fish Department, 1851 23rd Avenue NE Harvey, ND 58341; phone: 1-701-324-2211; email: [email protected]; website:

Lake Sakakawea State Park, PO Box 732 Riverdale, ND 58565; phone: 1-701-487-3315; email: [email protected]; website:

For general info about the North Country Trail, contact North Country Trail Association, 229 E. Main St. City: Lowell, MI 49331 phone: 866-HIKE-NCT; email: [email protected] website:

All Features

  • Open Year 'Round
Cost of Admission
  • Free Admission