Great Outdoors Adventure, photo with hiker overlooking North Dakota badlands by Sierrah Fischer

11 Great North Dakota Outdoor Adventures

From hiking and biking to fishing and golfing — and much, much more — North Dakota has many ways for you to Be Legendary. Here is a start to your next great adventure.

King's Walk golf course in Grand Forks
King's Walk Golf Course

The links-style golf course is characterized with mounds, moguls, native grasses and pine trees interspersed with lakes styled in a dry southwestern arroyo landscape. The Arnold Palmer signature course opened in 2002 and is one of North Dakota’s premier golfing destinations.

Pembina Gorge
The Pembina Gorge

Whether you prefer hiking, canoeing or kayaking, winding along the bends of the Pembina River through the panoramic Pembina Gorge is a must for any nature lover. Enjoy the recreational, historical and natural scenery opportunities of this scenic North Dakota nook.

Overlooking Woodlands Resort on Devils Lake
Devils Lake

Head to the full-service Woodland Resort for unbeatable boating and fishing. The resort also boasts a restaurant, cabins, motel, campground, bait shop and boat rentals, along with a full-service winter ice fishing headquarters with fish house rental and guided ice fishing packages available.

Devils Lake, ND
United States

Canoeing on Lake Metigoshe
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. Amazing canoeing, kayaking and fishing opportunities abound on one of the cleanest natural fresh-water lakes in North Dakota. Cabin rentals are available in summer and winter.

Angler catches a walleye on Lake Sakakawea

Located beside Lake Sakakawea, the largest man-made lake in the nation, Garrison attracts thousands of visitors each year to its lake for recreational fishing. Beautiful sunsets and clean fresh air make for a restful and rejuvenating experience.

Garrison, ND
United States

Lund's Landing
Lund's Landing Marina & Lodge

Known for its quaint country setting, genuine hospitality, delicious homemade food, Juneberry pie and pan-fried walleye, this resort is a fishing and boating paradise. Check out the full-service restaurant, cabins, kayaks, canoes, boat rentals, birding activities, golfing, Lewis and Clark trail, and tipi camping.

View from Theodore Roosevelt Nation Park, North Unit. Photo by Nick Perpich
Theodore Roosevelt National Park - North Unit

Take in 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 and keep an eye out for buffalo, deer, elk, bighorn sheep and wild horses.

Golfers at Bully Pulpit in Medora
Bully Pulpit

The 18-hole course will play to a par-72 and you will have the choice of five tee boxes. Course terrain ranges from the walkable Little Missouri bottoms to the challenging elevation changes and dramatic setting of the Badlands section.

Medora, ND
United States

Biking on the Maah Daah Hey Trail near Medora
Maah Daah Hey Trail

This 144-mile trail runs through the South Unit and the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park and offers hiking and biking 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.

Medora, ND
United States

Hawktree golf course
Hawktree Golf Club

Architect Jim Engh has created a wonderful course that presents the player with a Scottish-links look but also a modern touch. Engh uses elevation changes, native prairie grasses, large greens and four tee boxes to give players of any ability a chance to enjoy a great golf experience.

Hiking on the North Country Scenic Trail, heading to North Dakota's only waterfall
North Country National 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.