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National celebration of North Country Trail to be held in Walker

The Itasca Moraine Chapter of the North Country Trail (NCT) is hosting an annual celebration from Oct. 5-9 in Walker. The registration deadline is Sept. 14.

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Hikers on the North Country Trail in Hubbard County will enjoy views of various lakes.
Contributed/Eric Haugland
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The Itasca Moraine Chapter of the North Country Trail (NCT) is hosting an annual celebration from Oct. 5-9 in Walker.

The North Country Trail Association (NCTA) coordinates the national gathering, which offers opportunities to explore the NCT in unique locations, network with trail enthusiasts from North Dakota to Vermont and beyond, attend skills workshops and volunteer training and participate in engaging evening presentations.

To register, visit northcountrytrail.org/annual-events/celebration . The deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 14. Events, speakers and workshops will be held at Chase on the Lake and at Northern Lights Casino, Hotel and Event Center. The NCTA develops, maintains, protects and promotes the North Country National Scenic Trail as the premier hiking path across the northern tier of the U.S. through a trail-wide coalition of volunteers and partners.

One of 11 National Scenic Trails, the North Country Trail is the longest continuous trail in the U.S., connecting eight states from North Dakota to Vermont.

A diverse trail, sections of its 4,800 miles route through wilderness, prairie, wetlands, mountains, and both suburban and urban areas.

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From the leisurely lake walk of downtown Duluth to the rugged Sawtooth Mountains, to the prairies of the Red River Valley to the gentle rolling Laurentian Divide, the NCT offers a cache of contrasting hiking experiences across its roughly 850 miles in Minnesota. Six volunteer chapters and multiple affiliate organizations build, maintain, and promote the trail across the state.

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October’s celebration is the annual gathering of members and friends of the NCT, which winds through Hubbard and Cass counties on its 4,800-mile route from North Dakota to Vermont. The trail is managed by the United States Park Service and is maintained by local volunteers. Previous host cities include Fargo and Duluth.

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