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May we introduce the Chief Noonday Chapter...

Chief Noonday is the local chapter of the North Country Trail Association (NCTA) in the counties of Barry, Calhoun and Kalamazoo in south central and western Michigan.  The NCTA is the nationwide nonprofit organization that works in partnership with the National Park Service to build, maintain, and promote the North Country National Scenic Trail.

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The North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST) is a premier footpath that stretches for about 4,600 miles linking communities, forests, and prairies across seven northern states.  It extends from Crown Point on the western shore of Lake Champlain in eastern New York State to Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota.  Between New York and North Dakota it passes through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.  Already, more than 1,700 miles have been certified off-road.  Additional miles follow shared paths, and some road walks yet remain.  When completed it will be the longest off-road hiking trail in the United States.  (Click here for some historical background on NCTA and the NCNST.)

The Chief Noonday Chapter sponsors an approximately 120 mile section just southeast of Grand Rapids, thru the Middleville State Game Area, the Paul Henry-Thornapple Trail, the Yankee Springs Recreation Area, the Barry State Game Area, the north east corner of Kalamazoo County, the Kellogg Experimental Forest and Kellogg Biological Station, Ft. Custer National Cemetery, through Battle Creek, Marshall, and Homer in south central Michigan.  (See related links and map information.)  We build trail, maintain trail, and of course hike the trail!  We are responsible for approximately 60 miles of off-road trail, of which approximately 40 miles are certified.

We are named for Chief Noonday.  He was a member of the Ottawa nation and a chief of the Potawatomi in southwestern Michigan in the early 19th century.  He played a prominent role in the War of 1812.  According to legend, he was with Chief Tecumseh when the latter died in the Battle of the Thames in 1813.  He lived out his many years near Prairieville and is buried next to his wife on Cressey Road west of Little Long Lake.

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