North Country National Scenic Trail Association

Central New York Chapter



The North Country Trail Association

The North Country Trail Association (NCTA) unites individuals, affiliated trail groups, local chapters, corporate sponsors and others linked in support of building and maintaining the North Country National Scenic Trail, and telling its story.  

The Association has a paid membership approximating 2,500. Many of these members are also active supporters of regional trail organizations along the route of the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST). Counting all members of affiliate organizations, over 10,000 individuals support the concept of the NCNST.

The Central New York Chapter North Country Trail Association

Exploring, Building, and Maintaining the NCST/Link Trail in Central New York—together with other segments of the NCNST per our charter—gives us a significant role in building a part of America’s longest hiking trail.

The CNY Chapter is responsible for the North Country Trail from the junction with the extended Onondaga Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail, to the Blue Line of the Adirondack Park.  The Chapter also supports that portion of the Link Trail in Madison and Chenango Counties, which connects the North Country Trail and the main Finger Lakes Trail in Chenango County.

Love the Trail?  Send your New York Trail Photos to enter the Chapter's Trail Photo Contest

First Annual New York North Country Trail 2019 Photo Contest

Enter your photos taken along the North Country National Scenic Trail in New York State.

Entry is free and open to anyone hiking on the North Country National Scenic Trail in New York State.

Each photo entry must be based on the theme “Pictures along the NCNST.”  Submit your photos of plant and animal life, landscapes, natural beauty, people… anything that showcases what the North Country Trail offers, no matter how big or how small.  


Photos must have been taken on the North Country National Scenic Trail in New York State in the Jan. 2018 - Aug. 2019 timeframe.  Submittals will be accepted from Aug. 1 through Aug. 31, 2019.  No submittals will be accepted after Aug. 31.

Submit your photos (no more than 3 photos per person) via email to, between Aug. 1 and Aug. 31, 2019. Submittal must include name of photographer, trail location, date taken, and a “title.” Entries must be in .jpg format, no larger than 5 MB per photo.

All photo submissions will be evaluated by an expert in outdoor photography.  The best photos will be showcased in a special presentation where the judge comments on why he/she chose them (e.g. subject, composition, impact, etc.).  The presentation will take place at the Annual Membership Meeting of the Central NY North Country Trail Association Chapter on Sun. Oct. 20, 2019.  The meeting will be held at the Sullivan Library in Chittenango from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Although this is a “contest” (i.e. photos are judged), there is no cash prize offered… recognition of achievement will be the prize! Our goal is to not only encourage people to get out and start snapping pictures along the trail, but also to experience what others have seen, and to learn about capturing beautiful photos by hearing how an expert evaluates them.

Additional Contest Rules

•     Digital manipulation is not allowed, other than minor enhancements such as cropping and adjustment of brightness,    

       contrast, and hue.

•     No copyrighted photos please.

•     You retain rights to the photos you submit. By submitting a photo to this contest, you grant the North Country Trail  

        Association the right to utilize the photo by:

       -  Posting it on our web site

       -  Sharing the photo on social media

       -  Using the photo in NCTA publications such as The North Star.

       -  Submitting the photos for publication in local newspapers or periodicals.

       -  Using the photo in NCTA presentations or promotional materials.


Volunteers are a major element of the Link Trail/North Country National Scenic Trail. There are volunteer jobs in administration or in the field. On the trail, volunteers build, relocate and design trail sections, build and repair trail structures, and install trail markers and signage. Volunteers can join route scouting committees, become trail adopters, organize events or lead hikes. Year ‘round, volunteers assist in all areas: publications, fund raising, grant writing, membership development and more.

Become a member and supporter of the trail. Membership is now an affordable $20 a year.  Follow the link below :

Your donation of $20 or more entitles you to one year’s access to Central New York Chapter activity schedules and mailings, the electronic version of the quarterly North Star Magazine and discounts in our Trail Shop.  Additional support levels and privileges are also available.

The North Country Trail Association is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization of volunteers along the seven-state trail and elsewhere, the NCTA partners with the National Park Service in bringing the North Country Trail to local communities.

Link to 2017 North Country Trail Association 2017 Annual Report

Working in partnership to explore, build, and maintain  the North Country Scenic Trail and the Link Trail in Central New York