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 a free guided hike:

CND Holiday Hike: about 4.5 miles on the Albion River Walk to the Whitehouse Nature Center in Albion Michigan.

WHEN: Saturday, December 9, 10 am

MEET: Hikers meet at Victory Park at the Skating Arena, Veterans Way, Albion, MI

Make a day of it! After the hike, visit the Whitehouse Nature Center on your own at 611 E Porter St, Albion, MI.  Optional meal post-hike will be at Cascarelli’s, 116 S Superior St, Albion MI.  On the drive home enjoy Christmas in Marshall.  En route home consider visiting Dark Horse Brewery and/or shopping at the Mole Hole and other shops. At 4:30 & 6:45 p.m., consider the Marshall Candlelight Walk of five historic houses. Obtain tickets on line ASAP, $25.

For further details, please contact Jane Norton at 269-808-7334 or email at, or visit the Chief Noonday website.

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), or 269-341-5964.