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North Country Trail to host Itasca Park hike fest

The North Country Trail Association and Itasca State Park will host a family-friendly event called North Country Hiking Fest at Itasca State Park on Saturday, Aug. 28.

The 4th Annual North Country Hiking Fest event features a variety of free activities. The event will kick off at 9:30 a.m. with a social time and light refreshments served in the Jacob Brower Visitors Center classroom.

From 10:15 until 11, there will be a presentation by Connie Cox, lead naturalist, on "North Country Wildlife." This will be an opportunity to tell your "trail tales" or to ask questions about North Country wildlife.

At noon, there will be a guided hike on the North Country Trail with free car shuttles provided. For those not wanting to go on a long hike there will be two shorter hikes beginning at 1 p.m. These include a health challenge hike where hikers will learn about the health benefits of hiking on the way to the Aiton Heights fire tower and a short, self-guided scavenger hike. There will also be a geo-caching 101 outdoor exercise beginning at 1 p.m. at Forest Inn.

For those folks interested in family-friendly activities, there will be a "Nature of the North Country Hike" and an animal tracks activity & hike at 3:30 p.m. both at Forest Inn.

Beginning at 5 p.m., a cookout dinner will be available for $7 until 6:30 at Forest Inn. Following dinner, some door prizes will be given away and a rousing game of North Country Jeopardy will be played.

Finally, to wrap up the day, the Holker Family will perform at Forest Inn from 6:30 until 8 p.m.

Complete event guides with schedules are available at For more information, contact Matt Davis of the NCTA at (701) 388-1883 or via email at or Itasca at (218) 699-7251 or via email at