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

Nice trail with lots of signs because it does get confusing which way to go with all the challenge trails and access roads. The mosquitoes were out and some parts of the trail were worse than others, but we didn’t use bug spray, so we did get bit a few times. We didn’t find any ticks though. We did see three deer, one doe and two fawns. When we initially pulled up, there was a large metal gate that was closed and locked but had signage about only being open on weekends during the day, but there wasn’t a parking lot so I just parked to the side so I didn’t block the gate. A trash can and bags are provided to clean up after pets. Great trail for kids to play but be aware of bikers, there were a few groups that came through and the trail is pretty narrow in some parts. Only a 10-20 mins drive from Minot. We’ll be back but definitely bringing the bug spray.

for a guy moving to minot from west Texas I was very happy. plenty of wildlife and beautiful

My sister and I hiked this with my 4-year old and 1-year old. We loved this trail! We used the guide booklet available at the trailhead to learn about the area and keep the kids engaged. The guide is very well designed, and we really enjoyed learning about how the different rocks formed and the why the rocks are the colors they are. It was a perfect hike for our group!

As of 2018 the trail system is now over 10 miles. Most recently added is the Ravine Ravine. This trail is 2.5+ miles and has 2 water crossings. One of the water crossings has a bypass if you don't want to get your feet wet. This is a great getaway less then 20 miles west of Grand Forks ND. Park pass required, but worth every penny.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this trail!! Amazing history! If you are going through the park, dont pass this one up!

Fun trail for various ages! Great activity for a family!!

nature trips
1 month ago

Camped. Hiked. Played in the river. Observed a lot of nature with the kids. Trails are narrow in many areas. Great for mountain biking. Camping areas are in wooded areas to stay cooler in the summer heat. Lots to see and do!

trail running
2 months ago

Very fun. Close to town but wasn’t busy.

hiking
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

on Bison Plant Trail

hiking
2 months ago

As of right now, there is a sign on the gate that says the trail is only open on the weekend. There is also construction going on near what looks to be the parking area.

hiking
2 months ago

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

walking
3 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Nice and easy

hiking
10 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.

Great place to hike for a few hours. Well maintained with a few small senic views here and there. No real chance to go out and get lost though if that's what you are looking for.

backpacking
10 months ago

We had a great hike here over the Labor Day long weekend. The badlands rock formations are wonderful and we had the opportunity to see a lot of wildlife including Bison, Prairie Dogs and even a rattle snake. The first mile or so of this track (starting near the park entrance) is a bit narrower and steeper than we expected. I would suggest long pants because the undergrowth is quite prickly.

hiking
Saturday, August 05, 2017

Great challenge with amazing views.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Nice walk, sometimes a little narrow-but good trails.

trail running
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Defiantly a hard trail to run due to bison tracks making the trail really uneven but it's a great run if your looking for a challenge!

on Bison Plant Trail

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Easy trail. Was very busy.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

We did this hike today. Had a great time! We even saw a deer. Definitely gna go there again!

hiking
Thursday, February 09, 2017

Nice, easy trail with a few small inclines. The mosquitoes can be unrelenting however so if you go when they're out, make sure you bring lots of bug spray and be ready to reapply frequently. Overall though, especially considering the area, it's a nice little park.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

This trail was beyond my equipment and provisions. Physically, I could've walked the trail, however my judgement told me, I did't have the equipment required for such a trek. The outdoors requires a level of respect, and out hear anything can happen.

I enjoyed the photos, don't buy upgrades walk'em !

hiking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Good short hike. For geology buffs - amazing!

hiking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

pros: pretty area, beautiful foliage, great trails - looking forward to cross country skiing this winter
cons: you can hear the highway, dogs must be leashed, MOSQUITOES - worth waiting until it gets too cold for them

backpacking
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Buckhorn trail at Theodore Roosevelt National Park north unit was a great one day hike. It had a great mixture of hills, flats, and scenery. My favorite part was seeing a massive herd of bison on the plateau.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Currently closed due to a washout. The ranger said it would be closed for a while since it was a pretty major washout

hiking
Friday, August 14, 2015

Nice trail with a few inclines. Need bug spray. Most of the trail is shaded by wood cover. $5 parking fee.

mountain biking
Sunday, September 07, 2014

It gets five stars because it is the only decent single track you can ride in the County. Convenient if you're on the AFB too.

Load More