North Country National Scenic Trail

North Country Trail

Find your unique journey on the NST in the Pennsylvania Wilds. Pennsylvania is one of 7 northern states that the North Country National Scenic Trail (NST) traverses, covering outstanding scenic beauty across a variety of environments. The Pennsylvania portions of the trail, which cover 265 miles, wind largely through our hardwood forests - including the Allegheny National Forest, and in portions, parallel to the Allegheny and Clarion Rivers.



Allegheny National Forest

Open skies, rolling mountains, and forest abound in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF), Pennsylvania's only National Forest. Established in 1923, the ANF covers 517,000 acres. The Allegheny National Forest's motto "Land of Many Uses" speaks to the balance of outdoor recreation, watershed protection, wildlife habitat management, and sustainable forestry practices. The ANF contains an 87-mile meandering northward segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail (NST). (Photo by: Leslie DeVore)


Cook Forest State Park

Famous for its stands of old growth forest known as the “The Ancients,” Cook Forest State Park’s Forest Cathedral of towering white pines and hemlocks is a National Natural Landmark. The North Country National Scenic Trail (NST) intersects Cook Forest State Park and State forest lands.

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Plan. Prepare. Make the epic trek that is the North Country National Scenic Trail (NST) , and come home with tales to be told. The trail exists as much for leisurely day hikers as it does for those seeking a challenging, deep in-the-woods days or month-long journey. The NST extends through North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.

The information presented in NST brochures and online is not sufficiently detailed to prepare you for all segments of the trail.

Please consult these sources for trail information to safely and efficiently plan your trek.

North Country Trail Association
Tel: (866)-Hike NCT (445-3628)

National Park Service:
Tel: (616) 340-2004


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