Have you ever heard of the North Country National Scenic Trail? It stretches 4,600 miles from North Dakota to New York.
And about 30 of those miles run right through Manistee County!
It’s also the venue for a big hiking challenge… if you think you have what it takes!
For the second year, REI has provided a grant to the North Country Trail to support their Hike 100 Challenge program. My husband and I completed the 2016 challenge, and look forward to doing it again this year! As we hike our way through the challenge we’ll be sharing some of our favorite nearby places on the trail, so make sure you keep an eye on the I Love Manistee blog in the coming months.
You can also see photos from hikers all along the entire trail on social media at the hashtag #hike100NCT. If you decide to participate in the challenge, be sure to use the hashtag when you share your photos!
If you want to learn more about hiking on the North Country Trail in Manistee and other nearby areas, I recommend the book 50 Hikes on Michigan & Wisconsin’s North Country Trail by Thomas Funke. He offers some great tips about finding trailheads and parking areas, which can sometimes be a challenge along the more remote stretches of the trail. He also does a nice job of breaking the trail into smaller chunks, including both day hikes and backpacking trips.
You can pick up a copy of the book locally at the Happy Owl Bookshop, who keep this and many other local hiking reference books in stock!
Have you ever hiked on the North Country Trail? I’d love to hear about your favorite places along the trail. And if you haven’t, the Hike 100 challenge is a great excuse to get out and see it for the first time!
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