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North Country Trail hikes scheduled

The Itasca Moraine Chapter is pleased to announce that Jim Boyd, acting director, Walker District Ranger, Chippewa National Forest is participating in the North Country Trail hike scheduled for 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28. 

There are two hikes: a two-mile hike and a 4.2-mile hike. The hikes commence at the Chippewa National Forest Picnic Grounds 2.7 miles south of the Y on Hwy 371.  Hikers are given rides back to the Picnic Grounds.   

The public is invited.

The Itasca Moraine Chapter has scheduled this hike to help celebrate the Fall Has it All, Chainsaw event in Hackensack.  The Chapter will have a booth at the chainsaw event on Friday, Sept. 27.

Chapter members will have maps and other information about the North Country National Scenic Trail and details about the hike the next day.

The Chapter is dedicated to having a world class hiking trail in the area for the purpose of giving people another opportunity for healthy exercise and recreation outdoors.

This is perfect time of the year to take a hike. The bugs are gone, the under story in the forest has fall colors and the gold and red leaves of the maples are stunning.

This section of the forest is mixed, mostly hardwoods, oak, maple, basswood with a few conifers scattered along the trail.  The Woodtick Fields, an ancient classic beaver dam and pond and a waterfowl impoundment are other attractions on the hike.

Maplewood State Park

The North Country Trail Association is also hosting four guided, family-friendly hikes designed to showcase the beautiful fall colors found within Maplewood State Park. 

Timed to coincide with the Friends of Maplewood’s Leaf Days event, hikes will be hosted on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29; Sunday the 29th; Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5-6. 

All interested participants should meet at 10 a.m. at the eastern corner of the parking area by the Josh Hanson Memorial Picnic Shelter.

The hikes are about 4.5 miles and will conclude by 1pm.  They will feature a variety of level grass trail, short hills, gravel road, and dirt footpath through the hardwood forest.

Hikers should bring their camera, plenty of water, snacks and/or a trail lunch and should wear sturdy walking shoes, layered clothing, and bring a rain jacket.  The hikes will be held rain or shine. Food and Maplewood State Park merchandise will be available after the hikes in the Picnic Shelter.