Hiking, Biking and Horseback Riding in North Dakota

Explore North Dakota’s Badlands and scenic trails on horseback, from a mountain bike or by foot.
Riding a trail at Little Missouri State Park.
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. Guided tours and horse rentals are available. 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 activiries like canoeing and geocaching.
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
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
Scenic beauty of the International Peace Garden on the border between the United States and Canada
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
Mountain biking the Maah Daah Hey Trail provides lots of thrilling moments.
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
The 96-mile Maah Daah Hey Trail has been named an IMBA Epic Ride.
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
Maah Daah Hey Trail

This 96-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 Grasslands Medora, ND
Hiking with friends in North Dakota.
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.

2 miles north of Fort Ransom Fort Ransom, ND 58033
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