Mountain Biking in North Dakota
Rugged and wooded rides can be 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. The International Mountain Bicycling Association was impressed enough with the Maah Daah Hey Trail that it dubbed the then 144-mile single-track 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 forested 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.