Explore the silence of lake country in the Boundary Waters' long cold winter. Stop to enjoy the amazing spring wildflower show under the hardwood forest's canopy in the Chippewa National Forest. See a hawk swoop down over the vibrant green prairie to grab a mouse. Take a break in an oldgrowth pine forest older than our nation in Itasca. Stop to watch a raging river plummeting down toward Lake Superior on the North Shore. Enjoy the beauty of Minnesota's four seasons on this Trail that connects amazing scenery culture and history across northern Minnesota.
Guide to Hiking the North Country Trail in Minnesota details approximately 800 miles of the North Country National Scenic Trail's path across Minnesota. The Trail is one of only 11 National Scenic Trails in the entire U.S. and since 1980 over 3 000 miles (out of an estimated 4 600 mile length) have been built by the North Country Trail Association's amazing volunteer force.
Note: This guidebook has two Editors but no authors as it was written by 60+ volunteers who wrote up individual trail sections.
Linda D. Johnson is a retired educator who is a North Country Trail Association volunteer and member of the Itasca Moraine Chapter.
"This guidebook is an indispensable resource. It not only offers critical how-to information - including detailed route descriptions maps and town services &ndash but it also provides extensive context about the landscape such as geological features tree types and human history." Andrew Skurka North Country Trail thru-hiker and Outside magazine's 2011 and National Geographic Adventure magazine's 2007 "Adventurer of the Year"
"Anyone who enjoys the outdoors will benefit from this guide! It provides the seasoned hiker the chance to cross Minnesota from North Dakota to Wisconsin or the casual hiker the chance to jump onto any segment of the North Country Trail within Minnesota. Whether planning a leisurely afternoon hike or a walk across Minnesota this guide will reveal to the reader the natural treasures found across our State's section of this National Scenic Trail." Connie Cox Lead Park Naturalist at Itasca State Park