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New shelter built on North Country Trail

Photo provided to the Times Observer From left, Mike and Tina Toole with the ANF Chapter of the North Country Trail Association thank Robert Kaemmerer of United Refining Company. URC provided funding needed to construct a shelter along the trail in the vicinity of Cherry Run.

The Allegheny National Forest Chapter of the North Country Trail Association is getting closer to meeting a goal.

The group aims to have a shelter about every 10 miles on the 96.3 miles of the trail that cut through the ANF. A seventh shelter is now ready for hikers along Cherry Run.

“Funds provided by United Refining Company allowed the ANF Chapter to buy the materials for this Cherry Run Shelter,” Tina Toole, chapter president, said.

“The shelter is located on the NCT about 1.5 miles north of Route 948 along Cherry Run,” she said, bringing the total number of shelters along the NCT in the ANF to seven.”

The North Country National Scenic Trails spans 4,600 miles through eight states — North Dakota to Vermont. It is the longest in the National Trails System.

According to northcountrytrail.org, some of the other shelter locations include in the vicinity of Hammond Run, Upper Sheriff, Queen Creek and Amsler Spring.

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