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Trail sign at Lake Sakakawea

Grahams Island

The North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT) stretches approximately 4,600 miles from Crown Point in eastern New York to Lake Sakakawea State Park. Passing through seven states including New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota, it is the longest of the National Scenic Trails authorized by Congress. Like its sister trails, it was designed to provide outdoor recreational opportunities in some of the America's outstanding landscapes. As of early 2014, a total of 2,730 miles (4,390 km) have been completed.

The NCT is administered by the National Park Service, managed by federal, state, and local agencies, and built and maintained primarily by the volunteers of the North Country Trail Association (NCTA) and its partners. The 28 chapters of the NCTA, its 3,200+ members and each affiliate organization have assumed responsibility for trail construction and maintenance of a specific section of the NCT.

When the Trail was established in 1980, portions of it were designed to follow the already existing Finger Lakes (New York), Baker (Pennsylvania), and Buckeye (Ohio) Trails. Their sponsoring organizations became affiliates of the North Country Trail Association and agreed to maintain those portions of their trails to be used by the North Country National Scenic Trail. The Northwestern Ohio Rails-to-Trails Association joined later to help create a link between the Buckeye Trail in Ohio and newly constructed trail in Michigan; the Superior Hiking Trail Association and the Kekekabic Trail Club joined when it was proposed that the North Country National Scenic Trail route through Minnesota be changed to include an already-completed section of the Superior Hiking Trail along Lake Superior, and the Kekekabic and Border Route Trails along the Canadian border in Minnesota's arrowhead region.

In North Dakota the NCT segments are certified and wind through not only Lake Sakakawea State Park, but also the Lonetree Wildlife Management Area along the McClusky Canal, the Sheyenne National Grasslands and Fort Ransom State Park before continuing into Minnesota.

Lake Sakakawea State Park is located one mile north of Pick City, ND.