Ride North Dakota's Scenic Bike Trails

Paved or dirt, mountain or road bike, North Dakota has a trail for every cyclist.

North Dakota's varied topography offers mountain bikers many choices for riding. From 1 million acres of rugged buttes in the Little Missouri National Grasslands to the rolling hills of the Turtle Mountains, North Dakota has many trails waiting to be discovered, including the Maah Daah Hey Trail.

Paved Bike Trails

All of the state's major cities have developed systems of paved bike trails. Trail maps are available at local park and recreation department offices.

Long Distance Biking Routes

With its low traffic and excellent country roads, North Dakota is great for cross-country bike trips. For particularly scenic treks, check out North Dakota's designated scenic byways and backways (backways are non-paved surfaces and more suitable to off-road bicycles). Before riding, check at area chamber of commerce offices, state and federal parks, state and federal Forest Service offices and local bike shops for their recommendations on the best routes.

Scenic areas to bike

Little Missouri National Grassland

Theodore Roosevelt National Park** 

Lewis and Clark Trail (State highways 1804 and 1806)

Pembina Gorge/Walhalla Area

Turtle Mountains/Lake Metigoshe*

Fort Ransom State Park

Sheyenne National Grassland*

* Includes designated scenic byways or backways. 

** The park's 36-mile scenic loop includes several turnouts with interpretive signs and offer spectacular views of North Dakota's Badlands. The loop starts at the Medora Visitor Center and follows the Little Missouri River for the first six miles, then turns east. Maps are available at the Visitor Center.

Bike Providers

Dakota Cyclery - Mountain Bike Adventures  (Medora)

More information

North Dakota Parks and Recreation

North Country Trail Association

Bicycle Safety