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.


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