North Country National Scenic Trail - West Zone

Area Status: Not Cleared

The North Country National Scenic Trail runs from New York to North Dakota and is approximately 4600 miles long, traversing the Upper Peninsula en-route. Most of the 20 mile Munising/AuTrain portion of the NCT is within the Hiawatha National Forest, winding through a variety of forested ecosystems with interspersed lakes. The Hiawatha`s Munising North Country Trail segment runs 20.3 miles from the western Forest Boundary near Eben to M-94. The trail then follows M-94 for 3.3 miles to the Munising Interagency Visitor Center, where it connects with the Picture Rocks North Country Trail segment. The terrain is rolling and wooded.

Volunteers from local chapters of the NCT Association work to build and maintain this section. The trail is blazed with blue markers. Numerous road crossings make convenient trail access points to different sections of the trail. Parking is at your own risk if the trail access point is not designated on the map as a parking area. Full color maps of the Munising/Autrain Section and the Munising/Grand Marais Section are available at the Interagency Visitor Center in Munising. For more information about the North Country Trail, you can contact the North Country Trail Association at 866-445-3628 (, or the Hiawatha National Forest at 906-387-2512. Link to Trail Map


At a Glance

Current Conditions: This trail is not groomed in winter.
Closest Towns: Eben and Munising
Information Center: Biking, horseback riding, and using motorized vehicles are not permitted. Leave no trace camping is allowed anywhere along the trail in this section; however, drinking water is not readily available. Pets are allowed.

General Information


Drive 4 miles south from Munising on M-094 to the Valley Spur Trailhead. The Rock River trailhead is best accessed by continuing west on M-94 12.5 miles to Rock River Road. Continue straight (north) for 2.6 miles to the trailhead.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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Day Hiking

There are several shorter segments that take you through a variety of terrain. Consult map to find trail access points and mileage.

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate


In the Hiawatha National Forest's Munising segment of the trail, there are two developed Forest Service campgrounds convenient to the trail. Primitive camping is also allowed as long as you follow the primitive camping guidelines and leave no trace principles.

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate
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