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.

Riding a trail at Little Missouri State Park. 1
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
Lake Metigoshe is a paradise for activities like canoeing and geocaching. 2
Lake Metigoshe State Park

Nestled in the scenic Turtle Mountains on the shores of Lake Metigoshe, this state park includes several miles of rolling hills and multi-use trails. Check out the cabin rentals available in summer and winter.

16 miles northeast Bottineau, ND 58318
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
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Portions of the military post, including the Custer House, have been reconstructed. Travel back in time on your own steed or join a trail ride across these historic North Dakota grounds.

4480 Fort Lincoln Road Mandan, ND 58554
North Country Scenic Trail

This trail is a premier footpath that links communities, forests and prairies across seven northern states. Much of the NCNST in North Dakota is located on open, rolling prairie, perfect for scenic strolls and photo ops.

Sheyenne River Valley Chapter Valley City, ND 58072
Tetrault Woods State Forest

Located in the beautiful Pembina Gorge, this forested valley follows the meandering Pembina River and is one of North Dakota’s most scenic river valleys. It is also home to elk and more than 75 species of breeding birds. Enjoy hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, ATVs and snowmobiling. 

Walhalla Walhalla, ND 58282
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
Mountain Biking the Maah Daah Hey Trail 10
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
Little Missouri National Grasslands

Explore the largest and most diverse of the 19 grasslands found in the Western United States. Diverse hike landscapes include prairie, Badland terrain, woody draws and high buttes.

Medora, ND 58645
Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway

North Dakota’s only nationally recognized Scenic Byway features a winding roadway and photo-worthy vistas of the tree-speckled valley and snaking river.

Valley City Valley City, ND 58072
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.

, ND
Related Content: