North Country National Scenic Trail–Adirondack Park Plan

A National Scenic Trail Traversing the Eight Northern Tier States: North Dakota to Vermont

NCTA Eight State LogoThe North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST), spans 4700 miles as it crosses eight states from North Dakota to the Appalachian Trail in Vermont. The NCNST enters the Adirondack Park from the west near Forestport, crosses the Central Adirondacks for approximately 160 miles to the Crown Point State Historic Site before heading into Vermont  (see image below). It is the longest and most diverse National Scenic Trail. Open to foot travelers, it is enjoyed by the day hiker, after work walker, long distance backpacker, nature lover and bird watcher. As it traverses from North Dakota to Vermont, it offers the foot traveler a great diversity of natural and cultural environments. The NCNST offers the hiker wilderness experiences as well as urban trails and a range of remote sections for reflection, solitude, and oneness with nature. Some of the most remote sections are in the Adirondack Park.

If you love to hike in the Adirondacks, please consider joining the growing ranks of volunteers who are building and maintaining the new trail section through the Adirondack Park.  To adopt a section of trail or help construct new trail contact:

Read more about the Adirondack NCNST below. Get information on the existing trail segments in the Adirondacks.

The current map (2020) of the Adirondack section of the NCNST with connecting road walks

The current map (2020) of the Adirondack section of the NCNST with connecting road walks

ADK is partnering with the North Country Trail Association, the National Park Service (NPS), New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the Adirondack Park Agency (APA), and the New York State Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) to establish, promote, and protect the NCNST. Members of the Onondaga, Iroquois, and Schenectady Chapters of ADK have been especially active in helping to establish the new Adirondack section of the NCNST.

The NCNST is a premier, long distance hiking trail and open to the public. This foot trail crosses both private and public land. We ask hikers to respect private landowners and public lands and practice Leave No Trace Principles on the trail. The NCNST, in most sections, is designed and maintained as a primitive footpath and is marked by blue blazes.

The route crosses the following Adirondack Park Units: Black River Wild Forest, West Canada Lakes Wilderness, Jessup River Wild Forest, Siamese Ponds Wilderness, Vanderwhacker Wild Forest, Hoffman Notch Wilderness, and Hammond Pond Wild Forest and several Timber Easement lands. The segments shown on the map above are the proposed route.

Town centers near the trail include: Forestport, Inlet, Speculator, North Creek, Minerva, Schroon Lake, Port Henry & Crown Point.

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