North Country Trail
This beautiful trail is part of the National Parks Trails System and when completed, the 4,600-mile National Scenic Trail will be the longest continuous hiking trail in the United States, traversing through seven states, from New York to North Dakota. The trail links scenic, natural, historic, and cultural areas allowing visitors to experience a variety of northern landscapes. White Cloud is located about midpoint on the trail and the restored 100-year-old Birch Grove School House at the corner of Five Mile and Felch roads was the former headquarters for the National Scenic Trail.
The School House is available for individual and small groups of hikers and campers or those looking for a North Country Retreat. The National Trail can be accessed from the White Cloud Campground by a connector trail. The White Cloud Campground is located on Echo Drive about two blocks west of downtown. It is a former Michigan State Park and has many sites for camper trailers of all sizes and abundant tent sites. It has all the amenities including laundry facilities, bathhouse, playground equipment for kids and two excellent pavilions, one open and one enclosed for larger events. The larger pavilion has a full kitchen, small library and a great open fireplace for those cool weather events.
The trail links scenic, natural, historic and cultural areas in seven states. This is a great way to get back to nature! Segments C, D & E run through Newaygo County. For more information on the NCT, visit their website at: www.northcountrytrail.org.
. The NCT links scenic, natural, historic, and cultural areas across American’s northern heartlands. Newaygo County is lucky to have over 50 miles of established trail by utilizing the Huron-Manistee National Forest. This is a great way to get back to nature. For more information about the NCT, visit their website at www.northcountrytrail.org.
Distance: 65+ miles in Newaygo County
Challenge Level: Moderate to Advanced
Activities: Hiking, Camping, Swimming
Birch Grove Schoolhouse
Located on a spur trail, just 1.5 miles from the North Country National Scenic Trail, the Birch Grove Schoolhouse makes an excellent base for groups out to discover this recreational treasure. It makes a perfect stopover for weary long-distance hikers.
Kimble County Park
The NCT offers trailhead access at Kimble County Park is a public park in Newaygo County, located near the Croton hydroelectric power dam. This is a popular spot to start tubing and raft rides down the Muskegon River. This site offers two parking lots (upper and lower) at the park. The NCT trailhead is located in the lower lot, by the river.