North Country Trail

This trail is good for Hiking Biking XC Skiing

  • Length: 268.74 mi
  • Surface: Natural, , Paved, Asphalt, Surface, Dirt, Two-track, Turf
  • Bike Type: , Mountain
  • Organization:
  • North Country Trail Website:

The North Country Trail is a scenic hiking trail that stretches 4,600 miles from North Dakota to New York. The trail extends 1,150 miles through Michigan; passing through the UP, across the Straights of Mackinac, down the western side of the Lower Peninsula, and heading southeast towad Ohio across southern Michigan. The North Country Trail Association is the organization which oversees the entire trail route. Visit their website for more info!

This section of the trail is maintained by the Harbor Springs Chapter and the Jordan Valley 45 Chapter. The surface type and width varies significantly. Please note that most of the trail is not groomed for cross country skiing. Learn more about individual sections by visiting the Harbor Springs Chapter (responsible for 46 miles of trail from the Machinac Bridge south to Kipp Road (north of Petoskey) in Emmet County) or the Jordan Valley 45 Chapter (responsible for 80 miles of trail from Kipp Road to Starvation Lake Road (north of Kalkaska) in Kalkaska County) websites. Go to for trail maps!


Note: Not all sections of each trail are approved for every activity listed for the trail as a whole. Please click on individual trail sections to see approved activities for that section.

Map Legend

  • Trail Head
  • Historical Site
  • Beach
  • Natural Feature
  • Campground
  • Park
  • Cultural Interest
  • Scenic View
  • Educational Interest
  • Visitor Center
  • Emergency Care
  • Water Access
  • Fishing
  • Wildlife or Nature Viewing
  • Trail Friendly Business


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