A Handbook for Trail Design, Construction, and Maintenance

The purpose of this handbook is to lay the foundation upon which the North Country NST will achieve a degree of consistency from one segment to another.

by North Country National Scenic Trail

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From bird watching to backpacking the North Country National Scenic Trail provides visitors an opportunity to enjoy many rewarding experiences as it winds it's way across seven northern states. Connecting a host of natural, historic, and cultutal areas from valleys to hilltops, cities to small towns, and everything in between. There is something for everyone to enjoy in each changing season!

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