North Country Trail

The North Country Trail in North America is estimated to be 4800 miles (7729 kilometers) long, and takes 320 days* to complete when hiking at an average of 15 miles (25 kilometers) per day.

This trail is also referred to as the NCT, and the North Country National Scenic Trail.

It is a linear trail, which means that to do a thru hike, you will have to start and end your hike in different places.

The North Country Trail has 2 terminuses. Most thruhikers choose to start their hike at the Long Trail Access in Hancock, Vermont, United States and end their hike at the Western Terminus in Pick City, North Dakota, United States.

The North Country Trail Association takes on the task of maintaining, improving, and advocating for the North Country Trail as its trail association.


NameNorth Country Trail
Other Name(s)NCT, North Country National Scenic Trail
Length4800 miles (7729 kilometers)
ContinentNorth America
Far Out GuideNone
Trail AssociationNorth Country Trail Association
Terminus ALong Trail Access, Hancock, Vermont, United States
Terminus BWestern Terminus, Pick City, North Dakota, United States

North Country Trail Thru Hike Budget Calculator

Thru Hike Budget Calculator
Calculate how much it will cost to thru hike a trail.
4800 / 15 = 320 days to complete the hike
320 days * $35/day = $11200

Estimated Total Budget (USD): $13,200.00

Cade Rosche © 2022
*This data is estimated and should not be relied upon without further research. It is meant as a starting point for hike planning, not as the only information used to plan your thru hike.