North Country National Scenic Trail

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North Country National Scenic Trail

Did you know that the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST) passes through three National Parks, eight National Forests, and one National Grassland?

The North Country National Scenic Trail is being constructed across federal, state, county and private land.  Upon completion the trail will extend from Crown Point, New York to Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota.  It will be the longest, continuous hiking trail in the United States.

The 128.8-mile portion of the NCNST that goes through the Manistee portion of the National forests has 15 spur trails to other forest hiking and interpretive trails.

The NCNST is marked with blue rectangle-shaped blazes.  Connector trails are marked with white rectangle blazes on trees.  For information on the NCNST visit the National Park Service www.nps.gov/noco/index.htm.

 

Brochure with map:

This brochure is set to print on 11 x 17 paper, landscape (wide) orientation.  To print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper set the print area to "shrink to printable area", this will make the text on the page smaller.

 

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Please use caution on the North Country Trail sections in Lake County. There are numerous trees down in the area.    This trail is not groomed.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.
Area Amenities: Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Recreation Enhancement Act Fee - Day Use fee required at the following trailheads-
  • Marilla Trailhead
  • Udell Trailhead
  • Timber Creek Trailhead
  • Nichols Lake North
  • M-20 Trailhead
Recreation Enhancement Act Fee - Day Use -
  • Day: $5.00
  • Week: $15.00
Permit Info: Special Use Permit -
  • No special use permit is required for individuals or small groups (74 people or less).
  • Permits are required for commercial, event or large groups (75 people or more).
Visit the Passes and Permits section for more information on obtaining a special use permit.
Open Season: January 1
Usage: Light
Best Season: January 1 to December 31
Busiest Season: May to October
Restrictions: Allowed -
  • Nonmotorized nonmechanized and snow use
  • Llamas
  • Bicycles - some segments
  • Pets on leash
  • Dispersed Camping
Prohibited -
  • Motorized and over-snow vehicles
  • Pack and saddle animals
As a visitor to the National Forest, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the Forest, natural resources and to provide for public safety of visitors. These rules are available to you on-line or at any office of the Huron-Manistee National Forests. General Topic orders apply across the Forests. Applicable Orders -
  • Motorized Vehicle Use of Roads, Trails and Off-road Areas
  • Occupancy and Use
  • North Country National Scenic Trail
Closest Towns: Brethren, Freesoil, Mesick, Kaleva, Wellston, Baldwin, White Cloud, Newaygo
Water: Udell, Timber Creek
Restroom: Marilla, Udell, Timber Creek, Nichols Lake North
Information Center:

General Information

General Notes:

Location -  Manistee National Forest   

Nearby Recreation Areas -

Marilla Trailhead

Upper River Road Trailhead

Udell Trailhead

Freesoil Trailhead

  • None

Timber Creek Trailhead

Bowman Lake Trailhead

76th St. Trailhead

Nichols Lake North Trailhead

M-20 Trailhead

40th St. Trailhead

County -  Newaygo, Lake, Mason, Manistee

 


Parking:

Marilla Trailhead is the northen most access to the trail on the Huron-Manistee National Forests.  Information is provided north to south.

From Marilla

  • 14 vehicle capacity

From Upper River Road

  • 6 vehicle capacity

From Udell Trailhead

  • 20 vehicle capacity

From Freesoil Trailhead

  • 6 vehicle capacity

From Timber Creek Trailhead

  • 8 vehicle capacity

From Bowman Lake Trailhead

  • 10 vehicle capacity

From 76th Street Trailhead

  • 8 vehicle capacity

From Nichols Lake North

  • 22 vehicle capacity

From M-20 Trailhead

  • 6 vehicle capacity

From 40th Street Trailhead

  • 12 vehicle capacity

Directions:

Marilla Trailhead is the northen most access to the trail on the Huron-Manistee National Forests.  Information is provided north to south.

From Marilla

From Mesick -

  • Travel west on M-115 for 2 miles.
  • Turn left and travel west on Hodenpyl Dam Rd. for 5.5 miles.
  • The site is on the left after a steep hill.

GPS Coordinates: X: -85.840131 Y: 44.373778

From Upper River Road

From Manistee -

  • Travel east on M-55 for 15 miles.
  • Turn left and travel north on High Bridge Rd. for 6 miles.
  • Turn right and travel east on Coates Hwy. for 7.5 miles.
  • Turn left and travel north on Upper River Rd.
  • The site is located on your left.

GPS Coordinates: X: -85.871607 Y: 44.289659

From Udell Trailhead

From Manistee -

  • Travel east on M-55 for 12.5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel north on Fire Tower Rd. to the site.

GPS Coordinates: X: -86.076318 Y: 44.232566

From Freesoil Trailhead

From Manistee -

  • Travel south on US-31 for 9 miles.
  • Turn left and travel east on Freesoil Rd. for 13 miles.
  • The site is located at the corner of Elk Hwy. and Freesoil Rd.

GPS Coordinates: X: -86.027804 Y: 44.105138

From Timber Creek Trailhead

From Baldwin -

  • Travel north on M-37 for 3 miles.
  • Turn left and travel west on US-10 for 7.5 miles.
  • The site is located on the right, in the campground.

GPS Coordinates: X: -85.995641 Y: 43.94861

From Bowman Lake Trailhead

From Baldwin -

  • Travel west on 56th St. for 7 miles.
  • The site is located on the right.

GPS Coordinates: X: -85.967406 Y: 43.696371

From 76th Street Trailhead

From Baldwin -

  • Travel south on M-37 for 3 miles.
  • Turn right and travel west on 76th St. for 2.5 miles.
  • The site is located on the right (north) of the road.

GPS Coordinates: X: -85.901593 Y: 43.850781

From Nichols Lake North

From Baldwin -

  • Travel south on M-37 for 10 miles.
  • Turn right and travel west on 14 Mile Rd. for 1 mile.
  • Turn left and travel south on Bingham Rd. for 1 mile.
  • Turn right and travel west on Cleveland Dr. for 2.25 miles.
  • The site is located on the left.

GPS Coordinates: X: -85.910396 Y: 43.731613

From M-20 Trailhead

From White Cloud -

  • Travel north on M-37 for 1 mile.
  • Turn left and travel west on M-20 for 2.75 miles.
  • The site is located on the left.

GPS Coordinates: X: -85.826439 Y: 43.568028

From 40th Street Trailhead

From White Cloud -

  • Travel south on M-37 for 5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel west on 40th St. for .75 miles.
  • The site is located on the left (south) of the road.

GPS Coordinates: X: -85.781176 Y: 43.480777


Activities


Bicycling

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Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking Sections -

Marilla Trailhead to Dillng Rd.(Tippy Dam/Sawdust Hole Area)-

  • Bicycles Allowed?: Yes
  • Miles: 21

Dilling Rd. (Tippy Dam/Sawdust Hole Area) to Udell Trailhead -

  • Bicycles Allowed?: No
  • Miles: 10

Udell Trailhead to M-55 -

  • Bicycles Allowed?: No
  • Miles: 10

M-55 to Bowman Lake Trailhead -

  • Bicycles Allowed?: Yes
  • Miles: 41

Bowman Lake Trailhead to Nichols Lake North Trailhead -

  • Bicycles Allowed?: No
  • Miles: 17

Nichols Lake North Trailhead to M-20 Trailhead -

  • Bicycles Allowed?: Yes
  • Miles: 18

M-20 Trailhead to Croton Dam -

  • Bicycles Allowed?: No
  • Miles: 19
Difficulty Desc.Moderate

Areas for Mountain Biking at North Country National Scenic Trail


Camping & Cabins

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Fishing

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Hiking

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Picnicking

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Winter Sports

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Amenities

Picnic tables Marilla, Udell, Bowman Lake
Drinking water Udell and Timber Creek Trailheads
Toilets Marilla, Udell, Timber Creek, Nichols Lake N.
Parking 10 trailheads that hold 6 or more vehicles
Fee charged for some activities Marilla, Udell, Timber Creek, Nichols Lake N, M-20


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