13 Fantastic Hiking and Biking Trails in North Dakota
Hiking and biking trails criss-cross North Dakota, creating a patchwork of routes that lead to whatever the soul seeks. Hiking trails range from difficult on the Maah Daah Hey to easy on recreational paced routes in larger cities. Bikers can peddle slowly along river bottoms and grasslands and furiously climb some of the steep grades in the Badlands. Take your pick of this baker's dozen.
Little Missouri State Park
More than 25 miles of trails crisscross this popular park’s stunning Badlands terrain. Most trails are accessible only by horseback or foot. You must bring your own horse. Bobcats, mule deer, golden eagles and other wildlife roam this primitive North Dakota park.
19 miles north of Killdeer Killdeer, ND 58502
Turtle Mountain State Forest
Hike the winding, heavily wooded trails of the Turtle Mountains. Both day-long riding facilities and primitive camping are available at Strawberry Lake. Rest your legs and take a leisurely drive along the Turtle Mountain Scenic Byway.
Turtle Mountains Bottineau, ND 58318
Pipestem Creek Trail
Winding 8-mile trail packs plenty of heart-pumping fun into a relatively small area. If eight miles is too much of a challenge, take on the 3-mile outside loop that is great for hiking, a challenging mountain bike ride or an off-road run.
At the Pipestem Dam, 4 miles north of Jamestown, just off Hwy 281 Jamestown, ND 58401
Theodore Roosevelt National Park – North Unit
Get spectacular views along the 14-mile scenic drive, which features turnouts with interpretive signs. Self-guided nature trails take you through coulees and breaks. Visit the prairie dog town, Oxbow Overlook and the Edge of Glacier Pullout.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park - North Unit Watford City, ND
Theodore Roosevelt National Park – South Unit
Admire the 26th president's contribution to conservation at this national park. The North Dakota Badlands provide a scenic backdrop, and you may spot buffalo, deer, elk, bighorn sheep, wild horses, mule deer and prairie dogs. Want more action? Options include hiking trails through the Badlands, trail rides on horseback and canoeing the Little Missouri River.
Medora, ND 58645
Maah Daah Hey Trail
This 146-mile trail runs through the South Unit and the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park and offers hiking in badland and rolling prairie landscapes, along with opportunities for overnight camping and wildlife sightings that include mule deer, coyotes, an occasional golden eagle, bison and feral horses.
Little Missouri National Grassland Medora, ND 58601
Fort Ransom State Park
Situated in a picturesque, heavily-wooded valley, this state park is located on the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway. Float the Sheyenne River during the summer (kayak and canoe rentals are available) and snowmobile and cross-country ski during winter months. Don’t miss the annual Sodbuster Days celebrations, with demonstrations of early homesteading life.
Fort Ransom, ND