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North Dakota National Parks and Trails - USA

Hiking, Biking & Horseback Riding

THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK - Explore North Dakota's Badlands just as Theodore Roosevelt did, on horseback. The South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota features more than 128 kilometers of marked horse trails carved by the park's buffalo herd. Horse rentals and guided trail rides are available in the park as well as in Medora, the parks neighboring town. Why not travel the beautiful terrain of the Badlands on the Maah Daah Hey or Buffalo Gap trails with the sun at your back? High performance mountain bike rentals are also available in Medora and provide a high-intensity alternative for thrill-seekers. A third option is to immerse yourself in the scenery by exploring the National Park on foot. Walking trails are well marked and easily accessible throughout the North and South units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Be sure to keep an eye out for a variety of wildlife including bison, wild horses, long-horned cattle, elk and deer.

North Dakota State Parks

These parks are spread throughout the state and offer great adventure of their own. There are more than 160 kilometers of trails in North Dakota parks. Fishing, boating, kayaking, and canoeing are also available at certain parks. One park pass will open the door to all of the state parks in North Dakota!

Little Missouri State Park

More than 40 kilometers of the trails crisscross the Badlands terrain of the 2,428 hectare park, most of which is accessible only on horseback or on foot. The park provides corrals for

those bringing in their own mounts, and guided tours and horse rentals are available by a private concessionaire. Bobcats, mule deer, golden eagles and other wildlife roam this primitive setting.

Lake Metigoshe State Park

Nestled in the scenic Turtle Mountains on the shores of Lake Metigoshe, this state park includes several miles of non-motorized, multi-use trails on rolling hills. The acquisition of an adjacent camp area significantly adds to the existing trail opportunities and also provides cabin rentals for park users in the summer and winter months.

Turtle Mountain State Forest

More than 2,832 hectares provide miles of winding, scenic trails in the heavily wooded Turtle Mountains. Both day-long riding facilities and primitive camping are available at Strawberry Lake.

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Once an important infantry and cavalry post, portions of this park, including the Custer House, have been reconstructed to take you back in time. Enjoy the journey on your own steed or join a trail ride across these historic grounds.

Other State Parks: Cross Ranch


Turtle River

Lake Sakakawea Fort Ransom Fort Stevenson Grahams Island Lewis & Clark

North Country Scenic Trail

This trail is a premier footpath that stretches about 7,400 kilometers and links communities, forests and prairies across seven northern states. When completed the trail will be the longest continuous hiking trail in the United States.

National Wildlife Refuges

North Dakota is widely considered a top birding destination with more national wildlife refuges than any other state, and we top that off with dozens of state wildlife management areas, several state forests and three national grasslands. All 24 major national refuges have opportunities for wildlife observation and enjoyment, where visitors can observe animals in a scenic, natural environment. Several have auto tour routes, interpretive foot trails, canoe routes and other visitor facilities.

Listing created Mar 31, 2016

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