North Country Trail


View of rolling hills with deciduous trees in falls colors from top of Juniper Rock

The North Country National Scenic Trail is managed primarily as a long distance hiking trail. A long term goal for this trail is to have a continuous hiking trail from New York state to North Dakota (visit the North Country National Scenic Trail website ). Many people enjoy hiking short sections of this trail. Cross country skiing is possible on the trail, however, the tread is not exceptionally smooth. Skiing is best late in winter when a crust has formed on the snow. Dog sled use is also allowed except where the trail follows the Penokee Mountain ski trail. Trail Length: 33.9 miles on the Great Divide Ranger District, 61.4 miles total on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Another portion of the trail is located on the Washburn Ranger District.

At a Glance

Closest Towns: Mellen
Information Center: Great Divide District

General Information

Directions: Trailheads: There are several small parking areas where the North Country Trail crosses roads; however the following are the most popular trailheads: Penokee Overlook and Trailhead. This trailhead is 3 miles west of Mellen on County Highway GG. Forest Road 202. To reach the Forest Road Trailhead from Grand View drive south on County Highway D 3 miles to Forest Road 377. Turn left (east) on FR 377 and continue 4.4 miles to a "T" intersection with Forest Road 202. Turn right (south) and drive 1.6 miles to a parking lot on the left (east) side of Forest Road 202. Highway D. The Highway D Trailhead is 3.9 miles south of Grand View on State HIghway D.

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