Explore the most popular hiking trails near Fairfield with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice short hike with beautiful views. The colors are spectacular at this spot.

hiking
5 days ago

This one is pretty straight forward. Not a long trail, but it provides some good views of this portion of the Badlands. You can definitely see the coal layer of the Badlands along this trail.

hiking
5 days ago

Another trail in Teddy Roosevelt that we really enjoyed as a family. Great views of the river bend. Doesn't take a lot of time, so make sure you stop and enjoy the view. Posted some pictures, hopefully they will help with your trail planning!

We really enjoyed this hike. Plenty of stairs but they lead to great views of the badlands. Not a long hike. Buffalo tracks on the trail after you clear the stairs so be prepared for wildlife on this one. We enjoyed all our hikes in Teddy Roosevelt NP. I hope the pictures posted will help you with your trail planning!

Great views, creek crossing can be somewhat challenging. I joined this trail with the talkington ‘sp ‘ trail. Underestimated water usage. Temps over 90. Great way to experience the Park.

hiking
13 days ago

Good short hike! Trail was super easy to follow. Definitely worth your time.

Nice trail. A couple of steep areas that were slick due to rain the night before went out and back approx 3 mi and took the left veer to petrified forest. Worth the hike. Amazing!

backpacking
20 days ago

It was a solid trail. We started about 3pm in the afternoon and made it almost the entire loop. Set up camp about 1 to 1.5 miles from where we parked (we started on north side so camped on south side). Most the hike is up on the perched high grassland. A lot of pronghorn and buffalo.

camping
20 days ago

It was good. Nice easy trail and we saw a bunch of Buffalo off in the distance at sunset

Amazing views, paste your self on the trail unless you love stairs. Overall it kicked me and girlfriend butts and was definitely a good hike.

hiking
24 days ago

Wish the trail was longer, we had the chance to be 5 feet from a bison which was pretty awesome.

Good trial, lots to see! Overall lovely hike!

If it has rained in the past 2 weeks do not try this Trail. they will be too many muddy Hills and you may not finish it . you might just end up hurting yourself . you're better off just waiting until it dries before you try the Trail.

Great trail that gives you a bit of everything the Badlands has to offer. I would give this a moderate rating though as there are some steep areas. Saw bison and pronghorn while hiking. Well marked. No shade, so hat and sunscreen required.

hiking
5 months ago

This is very short, and it's hard to even call this a trail. It's more like a scenic overlook, but the views were amazing overlooking the Little Missouri, and I saw a lone bison nearby.

hiking
5 months ago

I hiked this trail in July to loop back from the Lower Paddock Creek Trail, and despite tiring from the 11-mile hike on a 100-degree day, I enjoyed this section and thought it was a little more enjoyable than Lower Paddock Creek. It's a great way to experience the park on foot. I saw several bison grazing at a distance, and I enjoyed following the muddy creek.

The trail is a great way to experience the park. I did this on a 100 degree day in July, but the actual hike was not that challenging, providing you bring enough water. The biggest challenges were the flies and frequent crossings of a muddy creek.

hiking
7 months ago

Started out on a breezy day with 45 mph wind gusts. Felt like we were going to get blown off the ridge. Made it a ways down the northern loop and got blocked by a stubborn bison camped out on the trail. So we decided this was not our day and headed back! Plenty of petrified tree stumps to see though before you hit the ridge.

hiking
7 months ago

Got my hopes up for this trail to see beautiful painted colors canyon. I was not impressed. I've seen better ones in other parks down in Arizona and Nevada. The trail was also steep and everything just seemed pretty dull. Maybe it was the wrong season for it? Who knows

Breathtaking and dusty! A perfect diversion from the drive on I-94. The entrance to the park is also a highway rest stop.

hiking
8 months ago

Due to past washout, the trail was hard to follow. With so many other spectacular trails in the park, this one isn't as impressive. I did spot a mule deer at close proximity along this trail.

backpacking
9 months ago

Beautiful in its own way. Mostly arid and Little shade. Close up buffaloes and also a coyote. Lots of prairie dog villages.

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked the north branch out and back. Surprisingly nice petrified tree trunks in the eroded wash. Nice views further up the trail on the high flats.

hiking
10 months ago

Sunny and hot. Wild horses, bison.

fishing
11 months ago

This was excellent! I really enjoyed it and the solitude that was available. I went at 5pm or so, so there were not too many people. Great vistas.

This trail was hot, exposed and did not really reveal anything that cannot be seen from the overlook at the rest stop. I enjoy when there are reveals within a hike to new vistas. On this hike, you go down a ways only to come back to where you started without seeing much new. It was certainly good workout though.

walking
11 months ago

Easy walk with some stairs. Goes up to the Canyon and loops back down

Amazing hike with the family.

hiking
Friday, June 16, 2017

The rest area and welcome center offer spectacular views with several options for hiking, whether you want to take a short walk into the painted canyon or you want to explore Teddy Roosevelt National Park in greater depth. The western access point offers the short loop to wet your appetite, while the eastern access point takes you down the painted canyon trail into the greater national park. You can't go wrong with either option.

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