Best Spots for Day Hiking in North Dakota

Looking for a quick jaunt with the dog? Or a longer adventure through the spring air? Either way, North Dakota has a hike for you, complete with stunning views and breathtaking landscapes. Many of these areas have trails good for all-season hiking. Check out these top spots for day hiking in North Dakota or click here for 13 great trails.

Parks and Historic Sites 

Cross Ranch State Park 12 miles southeast of Hensler. Phone 701-794-3731.

Lake Metigoshe State Park 16 miles northeast of Bottineau. Phone 701-263-4651.

Icelandic State Park 5 miles west of Cavalier on ND Highway 5. Phone 701-265-4561.

Turtle River State Park 22 miles west of Grand Forks on US Highway 2. Phone 701-594-4445.

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park 7 miles south of Mandan on ND Highway 1806. Phone 701-667-6340.

Lake Sakakawea State Park 1 mile north of Pick City. Phone 701-487-3315.

Fort Ransom State Park 30 miles south of Valley City. Phone 701-973-4331.

Little Missouri State Park 19 miles north of Killdeer. Phone 701-764-5256.

Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site 1/2 mile north of Stanton. Phone 701-745-3309.

Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site 24 miles southwest of Williston. Phone 701-572-9083.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Unit near Watford City and South Unit at Medora.

Wildlife Refuges

All 63 national wildlife refuges have opportunities for wildlife observation on interpretive foot trails. For more information, please call U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 701-250-4418.


North Country National Scenic Trail

The North Country Trail follows the shores of Lake Sakakawea and Lake Audubon and continues along the Garrison Diversion Project canals. Reaching the Sheyenne River, the trail route loops northward to Fort Totten State Historic Site near Devils Lake. Returning to the Sheyenne River, the trail follows its scenic forested valley southward to Fort Ransom State Park and Sheyenne State Forest. The trail is open to hiking, horseback riding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. 

Maah Daah Hey Trail

This 144-mile non-motorized trail is open for biking, hiking and horseback riding. The trail runs from the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Watford City through the Little Missouri National Grasslands and Medora to its southern terminus near Amidon. Biking within the two units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park is prohibited. Bikers must use alternative routes around park boundaries. The U.S. Forest Service, (701-225-5151) jointly manages the Trail with the National Park Service (701-623-4466) and the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department, (701-328-5357).

Sheyenne National Grassland

ND Highway 27 east of Lisbon. Phone 701-683-4342.

Summer Only

Little Missouri National Grassland US Highway 85 north and south of Belfield. Phone 701-225-5151

Turtle Mountain State Forest 5 miles west of Lake Metigoshe. Phone 701-228-5422.

Check Out: 50 Great Day Hikes

Avid hiker Susan Wefald and her dog, Sandy, hiked trails throughout North Dakota. Susan shares her notes on 50 of North Dakota's best day hikes. Armchair and seasoned hikers alike will enjoy exploring North Dakota's diverse landscape with Susan and Sandy. Learn the locations of spectacular vistas. Expand neighborhood strolls into the great outdoors. Bring the dog! Pick up your copy of Spectacular North Dakota Hikes in the Tourism online Gift Shop.

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