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Chief Noonday's Own Map Mash-ups

In 2009 we began a program of using an on-line Web utility GPS Visualizer to generate maps of NCNST off-road sections based on our own on-ground GPS tracking. 

Since then, we have compiled map mash-ups of the entire Chief Noonday section of the Trail.  Most of the off-road trail maps incorporate our own GPS tracks, including numbered waypoints for principal trail features and resources.  Most roadwalk connectors are based on Google Street maps and/or satellite images.

Along with most of these maps we have posted links to printable PDF file versions which you can take with you on the Trail.  Or you can access them with your smart phone using QR codes posted on our trailhead kiosks.

For openers, see our overview map of the whole Chief Noonday section of the Trail through Barry, Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties.

Barry County
●  Barry County, showing the entire North Country Trail track from the north end of the Kellogg Biological Station section to the Kent County line (click on link provided to download a printable PDF version).
●  NCNST Connector — MSGA and Barry-Kent County Line showing the connector Trail section between Johnson Road and where the Trail crosses the Barry-Kent County Line (click on link provided to download a printable PDF version)


Trail Segment Mileages

All off-road North Country Trail sections in Chief Noonday's tri-county area (Barry, Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties) have been measured on foot with a surveyor's wheel.  Nearly all sections were measured in both directions, with the results averaged to yield the posted readings.

Most of our road-walk connector sections were measured with a car odometer. (The Robertson, Peets and Bowens Mill Roads sections were measured with the wheel.)

Our worksheet is posted as a printable PDF file which you can download and use for planning your hikes.  It is continually updated as new data is acquired.  This worksheet covers all three counties (Calhoun, Kalamazoo, and Barry) in Chief Noonday country.

Also, specifically in Emmett Township (Calhoun County), the North Country Trail and the new Calhoun County Trailway have been (re-)measured, and detailed worksheets are posted for the NCT and the CCT.
 

●  Middleville State Game Area showing the Trail section between Crane Road and Johnson Road (click on link provided to download a printable PDF version).
●  Middleville area showing the Trail sharing the Paul Henry Thornapple Trail between Irving and through the Trail Town of Middleville, with a connector trail on the north edge of Middleville to the Crane Road trailhead in the Middleville State Game Area.  (Portable PDF version coming soon.)
●  NCNST Connector — Peets Road TH and Irving showing the connector Trail roadwalk section between the Peets Road trailhead and the southern end of the Paul Henry Thornapple Trail/NCNST at Irving.
●  Barry State Game Area−North — between the M-179 trailhead and the Peets Road trailhead (click on link provided to download a printable PDF version)
●  Yankee Springs Recreation Area−North — between Gun Lake Road at Hall Lake past McDonald Lake, and into the Barry State Game Area at Bassett Lake Road to the M-179 crossing (click on links provided to download printable PDF versions).
●  Yankee Springs Recreation Area−South — re-route between Norris Road and Hall Lake (click on link provided to download printable PDF version).
●  Barry State Game Area−South and Circle Pines Center — between Mullen Road and Norris Road just east of the Yankee Springs Recreation Area (click on link provided to download a printable PDF version).
●  NCNST Connector — KBS and BSGA−South showing the connector Trail roadwalk section between Kellogg Biological Station and the McKibben Road trailhead in the Barry State Game Area in southern Barry County.

Kalamazoo County
●  Kalamazoo County, showing the entire North Country Trail track from the east Fort Custer trailhead to Baseline Road at the north edge of Kellogg Biological Station.(click on link provided to download a printable PDF version).
●  Kellogg Biological Station including the re-route built in September 2009 (click on links provided to download printable PDF version).  See also one of the kiosk maps we prepared for KBS.
●  Augusta Drive to C Avenue (click on links provided to download printable PDF versions)
●  NCNST Connector — Ft. Custer and the Augusta Drive trailhead.
●  Fort Custer National Cemetery and State Recreation Area (click on link provided to download printable PDF version).


Michigan's
Iron Belle Trail

An exciting new trail network is in the works in Michigan to showcase our state's impressive array of scenic vistas, cultural resources, vibrant communities, and wildlife resources.

The Iron Belle Trail is planned to connect Detroit's Belle Isle with Ironwood at the Upper Peninsula of Michigan's border with Wisconsin. 

The trail is to comprise two principal routes, one a hiking trail and the other a biking trail ― all non-motorized.

The hiking trail portion will connect with the North Country National Scenic Trail in Calhoun County and follow the NCNST nearly to the Wisconsin border in the UP, with a connector to the City of Ironwood.

The biking trail will follow a series of trails generally up the east side of the Lower Peninsula and across the southern portion of the UP to Ironwood.

Click here for more details about the Iron Belle Trail including a map of the proposed routing.  Click here for the interactive map See also this page from the North Country Trail Association.
 

Calhoun County
●  Calhoun County, showing the entire North Country Trail track from the east Fort Custer trailhead to the City of Litchfield in Hillsdale County (click on link provided to download a printable PDF version).
●  NCNST Connector — Battle Creek Linear Park and Fort Custer National Cemetery.
●  Battle Creek Linear Park — where the North Country National Scenic Trail follows a substantial portion of the Linear Park pathway along the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Rivers.  This map mash-up also shows the connector trail to the north trailhead for the NCNST/Calhoun County Trailway leading to the Ott Biological Preserve.
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♦  New ►  Emmett Township, including the new Calhoun County Trailway, the Ott Biological Preserve, Kimball Pines County Park, and Historic Bridge Park.   A list of NCT trail segment measurements is posted here.
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♦  New ►  Ott Biological Preserve in Emmett Township.
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♦  New ►  Kimball Pines County Park in Emmett Township.
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♦  New ►  Historic Bridge Park in Emmett Township.
●  NCNST Connector linking Marshall and Historic Bridge Park in Emmett and Marshall Townships.
●  City of Marshall, including Marshall's Riverwalk (click on link provided to download a printable PDF version).
●  NCNST Connector — Albion and Marshall.
●  City of Albion, including Albion's River Trail (click on link provided to download a printable PDF version).
●  NCNST Connector — Homer and Albion.
●  Village of Homer, including Homer's Linear Park (click on link provided to download a printable PDF version).
●  NCNST Connector — Hillsdale County Line and Homer.

●  The Calhoun County Trailway in Emmett Township.  A list of CCT trail segment measurements is posted here.
●  July 2010: Oil spill impact on Kalamazoo River and NCNST.

Hillsdale County
●  The Lost Nation State Game Area the Trail segment between the Gilbert Road trailhead and Pittsford Road.  The Trail in Hillsdale County is under the care of the Chief Baw Beese Chapter of the NCTA.

National mapping resources for the NCNST

A good bet for obtaining up-to-date and detailed map information on the Chief Noonday section of the North Country National Scenic Trail is to obtain maps NCTA MI-01 and NCTA MI-02 directly from the North Country Trail Association's Trail Shop.

And you can go to this page on the North Country Trail Association's Web site for a wealth of mapping data on the entire North Country Trail including the sections in Chief Noonday country.

 

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