Backcountry North Store
Welcome to BCN

Welcome to
Backcountry North

Independently owned and operated in beautiful
Traverse City, Michigan, our stores carry quality products
from brands such as Patagonia, Smartwool, Osprey, Arc’Teryx,
Birkenstock, Benchmade, Stanley, and many more.

We would love to show you around in person. However, if you are
short on time, or shopping after hours, our online storefront is here to help.

Thanks for choosing to shop small.

Feet walking along a forest trail in hiking boots and merino wool socks
Man putting on his Smartwool socks before getting out of his tent
Hydroflask drinking bottle sitting next to a sink

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A man and woman overlooking a mountain landscape while backpacking
Women in canoe floating in water, surrounded by lily pads
Woman hiking with paddle board through the forest
paddle boards

Ready. Set. Explore.

Planning a trip? Check out some of our most popular
travel essentials before you leave.

Latest in Travel Packs & Luggage

Men’s Collection

Women’s Collection

There is no such thing as bad weather….
only unsuitable clothing.

– Alfred Wainwright​

Kayaking in Lake Michigan at the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes on a bright sunny day

Paddle the places you love.

Choose from a variety of recreational, touring, and fishing kayaks.

FREE Standard Shipping on Orders $50+
LOCAL, Same-Day Pickup in Traverse City, MI

What Customers Are Saying…

Amazing experience, went in to buy a kayak, had 3 on my list and Henry diligently found out my planned use and explained why the one I bought was best for my needs… They are an hour from my home but I will definitely be going back when I need something. Highly recommend, exceptional!!!

– Tanya W.

Amazing customer service!! The staff at this store are extremely knowledgeable. They helped us troubleshoot a product issue and were very patient and friendly throughout the experience. Highly recommend this place!

– Kristi V.

Staff was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Both my husband and myself were able to find hiking shoes that worked great. We stopped at 4 other places and service at Backcountry far exceeded the other stores.

– Amy G.

…their generosity, honest charisma, and selection of goods make them a must-come for campers, backpackers, and hikers. Without me spending a cent, they helped me solve a gear issue while they took a hit on their product, seemingly for the sheer enjoyment of just being helpful. Will be back on our next adventure.

– Craig S.

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