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The North Country Trail

The Best Walks, Hikes, and Backpacking Trips on America’s Longest National Scenic Trail

Subjects: Michigan and the Great Lakes, Nature, Nature/Environment, Nature Guides, Guidebook
Paperback : 9780472051847, 272 pages, 24 B&W photos, 48 maps, 36 tables, 6 x 9, April 2013
Ebook : 9780472028726, 256 pages, 24 color photos; 48 maps; 36 tables, April 2013
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Forty premier hikes through the scenic beauty of America’s rugged northern heartlands

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The North Country Trail is the longest of America’s eleven congressionally designated National Scenic Trails. Winding through seven states—New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota—the NCT’s 4,600 miles attract more than one million visitors annually. These hikers are treated to a smorgasbord of Upper Midwest hiking featuring everything from urban strolls to backcountry adventure through mountains, rivers, prairies, and shoreline. This book is the definitive guide for NCT hikers—whether first-timers, seasoned backpackers, or any level in between—who wish to maximize their experience on this splendid trail.

In addition to a full overview of the trail’s tread in each state, the guide describes in detail forty of the NCT’s premier segments, with helpful information including easy-to-read trail descriptions, physical and navigation difficulties, trail highlights, hiking tips, and precise maps incorporating the latest GPS technology.

Ron Strickland is a noted trail developer, author, and conservationist. He is one of only two living founders of National Scenic Trails. He is the author of seven books, including a memoir, Pathfinder: Blazing a New Wilderness Trail in Modern America, and The Pacific Northwest Trail Guide: The Official Guidebook for Long Distance and Day Hikers. He wrote The North Country Trail in collaboration with the North Country Trail Association (www.northcountrytrail.org). Visit Strickland’s website at www.ronstrickland.com.