North Country Trail

The North Country National Scenic Trail is the longest in the National Trails System, stretching over 4,700 miles across eight states from North Dakota to Vermont, traversing forests and farmlands, remote terrain and nearby communities. Whether you’re looking to day hike a few miles or plan a longer backpacking trip, a multitude of diverse landscapes and hiking opportunities are waiting for you.

The North Country 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 NCT links scenic, natural, historic, and cultural areas across America’s northern heartlands. Newaygo County is lucky to have almost 70 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.

Trail Details

Distance: 65+ miles in Newaygo County
Challenge Level: Moderate to Advanced
Activities: Hiking, Camping, Swimming

Trail Features

Loda Lake National Wildlife Sanctuary

Hike the one mile spur trail off the NCT that leads to other foot-traffic only trails near Loda Lake. Use the Cultural trail to see abandoned structures and learn about the history of the area. Follow the interpretive trails to help identify various wildflowers, trees and other floral.

 

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.