The North Country National Scenic Trail is a 4600 mile hiking trail that is administered by the National Park Service.

Several different trails carry a route that stretches from Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont, down through the Finger Lakes region, around the base of Lake Erie, straight up through Michigan’s lower peninsula and west through the UP, across Minnesota, and all the way to the Missouri River in North Dakota.

The North Country Trail Association (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. Chief Noonday is the local chapter of the NCTA in the counties of Barry, Calhoun, and Kalamazoo in south central and western Michigan, sponsoring a 120-mile section that stretches from Grand Rapids to Homer, south of Battle Creek. The Chief Noonday chapter builds and maintains trails and, of course, sponsors hikes!

The Chief Noonday Chapter of the North Country Trail Association is offering the following guided hikes this summer:
Augusta to Battle Creek
This is a “2 in 1” hike with a choice between a long or short hike.

WHEN: Sunday, July 16, 1 pm.

LONG HIKE: The long hike is about 6 miles long over a natural surface. The long hike is out and back with no shuttle. Meet at 12:45 pm at the Fort Custer Dr. Trailhead, Augusta, MI just north of Dickman Rd. Park along the road. Hikers will turn around at the Armstrong Dr Trailhead/48th St. to return to the start location.

SHORT HIKE: The short hike is about 3 miles over a natural surface. Short hikers will both park and end at Armstrong Dr. Trailhead at 48th St. Take Dickman Rd, Battle Creek, MI to Armstrong Dr. Trailhead. Turn north and go 0.7 miles. Park along road. A shuttle will take you to the start location.  Hikes will start at 1:00 PM.

AFTER HIKE MEET UP: Players Grill, 506 E Michigan Ave., Augusta.

Remember, there are no restrooms on the trail, so please plan accordingly!

For further details, please contact Larry Pio at 269-341-5964, email at Nalcoman1@aol.com, or visit the Chief Noonday website.


Lost Nations State Game Area Guided Hikes
Join the Chief Noonday and Chief Baw Beese Chapters of the North Country Trail for a guided hike in the Lost Nations State Game Area in Osseo, MI.

WHEN: Monday, August 7, 10:30 am

LONG HIKE: 9.2 miles over natural surface.

SHORT HIKE: 3.8 miles over natural surface.

STARTING LOCATION: Please meet at the intersection of Blackbridge Rd and Beecher Rd, Osseo, MI. We will also have car pools from Kalamazoo and Battle Creek.

Remember, there are no restrooms on the trail, so please plan accordingly!

For further details, please contact Larry Pio at 269-341-5964 or email at Nalcoman1@aol.com or visit the Chief Noonday Chapter Events Calendar.


For more information about upcoming CND events and hikes on the 120-mile section of the North Country Trail in Barry, Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties, visit the Chief Noonday Chapter website click on Events Calendar.
Contact for local trail and event information: Larry Pio, President, Chief Noonday Chapter (CND), cnd@northcountrytrail.org or 269-341-5964.