The North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST) is the longest of the eleven National Scenic Trails, stretching 4,600 miles across eight states from North Dakota to Vermont. A large portion of the trail in northeastern Minnesota was never built because the original route contained extensive wetlands. A re-route was approved by Congress in 2019 that would complete the NCNST in Minnesota by connecting the NCNST near Remer in Cass County to the western terminus of the Kekekabic Trail northeast of Ely.
ARDC recently assisted the North Country Trail Association (NCTA) and trail volunteers in Northern St. Louis and Itasca Counties to identify a sustainable permanent route.
To learn more about the North Country National Scenic Trail and inquire about volunteering visit www.northcountrytrail.org.