Mountain Biking in North Dakota
Rugged and wooded rides found in unexpected places
Mountain biking in North Dakota is a bit of a best-known secret. Even without towering peaks, North Dakota's Badlands provide a rugged endurance challenge. IMBA, the International Mountain Bicycling Association, was impressed enough with the Maah Daah Hey Trail that it dubbed the then 120-mile single-track (now 144 miles) an EPIC ride. And, Mountain Bike Magazine added it to its list of best rides. The Maah Daah Hey Trail is a true test of skills in a variety of terrains, but you don't have to be a world-class athlete to ride there or on any other trail in the state.
North Dakota is a state where mountain biking is very popular and with good reasons - there is plenty of space, challenge and opportunity. Biker bonus: no crowds. The North Country Trail is best known on the east-coast but it extends to North Dakota and is 475-miles of the state's prairie, grasslands, wetlands and woods. The Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area offers 24-miles of looped trails with unexpected views.
Some state parks - including Lake Metigoshe in the heavily wooded Turtle Mountains, Turtle River in the Red River Valley and Fort Abraham Lincoln on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River south of Mandan - also have mountain biking trails.