Mountain biking in North Dakota
North Dakota has "mountains," just not the towering peaks that dot many other western states. Nevertheless, North Dakota is a state where mountain biking is very popular and with good reasons - the Maah Daah Hey Trail, the Turtle Mountains, the state's grasslands and state and national parks.
IMBA, the International Mountain Bicycling Association, was impressed enough with the Maah Daah Hey Trail that it dubbed the 96-mile single-track an EPIC ride. The trail has since been extended south of Medora, bringing it to 140 miles. 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.
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 - have mountain biking trails.
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