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The North Country National Scenic Trail is a multistate footpath that one day will stretch more than 4,000 miles across seven northern states.

The North Country Trail, a National Scenic Trail, will one day extend 4,000 miles through North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. The trail will link the Appalachian Trail, the Lewis and Clark Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail. Eventually there will be 84 miles of the North Country Trail (NCT) across the Wayne National Forest.

The NCT is in two sections as it crosses the Athens Ranger District: a 43 mile segment on the Athens Unit and a 41 mile segment on the Marietta Unit. On the Athens Unit, the NCT overlaps with the Buckeye Trail. The Buckeye Trail provides the link between the trails on the Athens and Marietta units; in some places the trail follows the roads.

Below lists SECTION and MILES - Marietta Unit:
Lane Farm to Bear Run, 8.7
Bear Run to Junction River Trail, 9.4
Jct River Trail to Jct Archers Fork Loop, 2.7
Archers Fork Loop Trail (NCT Section), 5.3
Jct Archers Fork Loop to Hwy 260, 1.8
Hwy 260 to Wilson Run Road, 3.0
Wilson Run to Jct Knowlton Connector Trail, 5.7
Jct Connector Trail to Ring Mill, 3.0

Below lists SECTION and MILES - Athens Unit:
Jct Hwy 78 to Vicksville, 4.3
Vicksville to Bishopville, 4.6
Bishopville to Hwy 13, 2.7
Hwy 13 to McLeish, 5.2
McLeish to Mud Fork, 3.0
Mud Fork to C.R. 21, 2.5
C.R. 21 / 18 stretch, 3.4
C.R. 18 to C.R. 17, 2.6
C.R. 17 to Tecumsey Lake, 2.0
Tecumsey Lake to Hwy 93, 1.2
Hwy 93 to C.R. 41, 2.2
C.R. 41 to C.R. 38, 1.0
C.R. 38 to F.R. 743, 3.4 (overlaps with horse trail)
F.R. 743 to NCT Trailhead, 2.3 (overlaps with horse trail)
NCT Trailhead to Hwy 668, 3.0 (currently on county roads)

Off-road vehicles and mountain bikes are prohibited from using the trail. For more information contact the North Country Trail Association, 49 Monroe Center NW, Suite 200B, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Directions: From Glouster, OH, VICKSVILLE: Travel north along State Route 78 about 6 - 8 miles to the junction of SR 78 and CR 14.

Distance: 4,000 miles

Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

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Wayne National Forest, Ohio

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