The mission of the Sheyenne River Valley Chapter of the North Country Trail Association is to build, maintain, and promote the North Country National Scenic Trail located between the northern border of Griggs County and the northern border of Fort Ransom State Park in North Dakota. We have also taken some responsibility for the trail from the Sheyenne State Forest to Fort Ransom State Park.
Last year’s Hike 100 Challenge to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service was so popular it has been carried over for another year! Starting January 1, keep track of your miles hiked on the NCT throughout 2017. New this year is the Build It Challenge! Complete one activity from a list of 5 or 6 choices to Get Involved and Spread the Word, along with your Hike 100 Challenge, and you’ll be entered to win a special grand prize drawing at the end of the year. For more details or to register check out their website at www.northcountrytrail.org/hike100challenge. The Sheyenne River Valley Chapter has a calendar full of fun hikes throughout the summer to help with your challenge goals or just to enjoy a scenic stroll on a sunny afternoon or balmy evening. Come join the fun!
The North Country National Scenic Trail is a premier footpath that stretches 4,600 miles linking communities, forests, and prairies across seven northern states. From Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota to Crown Point, New York, the trail connects the following states: North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. Over 2700 miles of this trail have already been completed. When complete, the North Country Trail will be the longest scenic trail in the nation.
Certified segments include the Sheyenne State Forest, Fort Ransom State Park, Kathryn to Clausen Springs Recreation Area, Valley City and Lake Ashtabula. Work is underway by the Sheyenne River Valley Chapter of the North Country Trail Association to develop additional trail to connect the existing segments. If you would like to enjoy the trail or help us to build or maintain the trail, we encourage you to contact us to be notified of our monthly chapter events and periodic trail work days. We hope to see you on the trail!
The trail meanders through the Sheyenne Valley across rolling hills, forest, prairie, and through Valley City. Amenities along the trail include backcountry campsites, campgrounds, public recreation areas, tourist information sites, and supply stores. The trail also crosses a number of natural, historic, and cultural attractions.