13 Fantastic Hiking, Biking and Horseback Riding Trails in North Dakota
Explore North Dakota’s Badlands and scenic trails on horseback, from a mountain bike or by foot.
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
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
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
International Peace Garden
The International Peace Garden is one of the continent’s most symbolic and scenic attractions. The tribute to peace and friendship between the United States and Canada boasts 2,300 acres, including two pristine freshwater lakes, scenic hiking and driving trails, wildflowers and waterfalls.
10939 Highway 281 Dunseith, ND 58329
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
Maah Daah Hey Trail
This 140-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
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.
2 miles north of Fort Ransom Fort Ransom, ND 58033