Explore the most popular river 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 easy hike with great views and some cool history! I went on a nice warm december day so the trail was a mix of ice and mud (bring boots). the road was closed leading to the trail so you have to walk about 5 minutes up the hill to get to everything. Saw some wildlife and my dog had a blast running through the prairie grass

5 stars bc ND is so limited on nature trails. Great views!

Hiked for 4 days and never saw another person on the trail!

walking
2 months ago

Easy trail, very nice scenery

backpacking
3 months ago

I go at least twice a week. my favorite close trail. Relaxing easy to follow .

Gorgeous scenery. Loved the ridges and the rolling prairie grass. Lightly traveled- even on a weekend, I was the only person hiking although the campground was full. Trails very well maintained.

hiking
3 months ago

Fantastic hike that not many other people enjoy. My first creek crossing would have been harrowing but I followed an animal trail and dipped into the creek at this point. Since it was late in the season the creek was very shallow and dry in areas and I was able to walk the creek bed and come out easily. Glad I didn't do this in the mud!

hiking
3 months ago

Did about 10 mile stretch between MM 60-70. Very well marked. Gorgeous scenery. Absolute serenity- I never saw another person. I was lucky to be there while it was dry. In wet weather, the mud would have made it a very different hike for me!

walking
3 months ago

Pretty views of the canyon and river. Nice way to get a birds eye view of some very cool landscapes. Very manageable walk with inclines.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice views of the Little Mo

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful views at sunset!

Loved this hike, Wind Canyon is beautiful! The fall colors just setting in against the light colored rocks. The red grasses were my favorite! You must see the sunset from there!

Super short hike but very well worth it to see the overlook.

Nice view. Interesting rock erosion.

mountain biking
4 months ago

I love all the trails and trees! I can’t wait to see it in the fall!

Perfect place to spend the day outside!

Beautiful

hiking
4 months ago

Fun trail to do near Minot. Something refreshing. :)

hiking
4 months ago

An absolute must see!! This might me be my favorite trail in the Southern Loop! You can't beat the view

hiking
5 months ago

Nice short hike with great views. We hiked this trail at sunset for photos and again the next day. Both had great views of the Little Missouri and area wildlife.

hiking
5 months ago

I hiked this trail in August and luckily it was dry. Encountered a Bison rolling in the dust and wild horses. Great scenery but more of a trail for wild horses and Bison.

Nice loop featuring good blufftop views of the Missouri River and downtown Bismarck. Also features the site of an 1800's military outpost. Mostly exposed to the sun, so bring water, hat, and sunscreen in summer. Overall, one of the best hikes in central North Dakota.

Ticks!!!!

hiking
5 months ago

Nice, short hike--great views of rock formations and the river. It would be a great introductory hike for kids.

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 the trail! It has amazing views of the Little Missouri River and surrounding Badlands! There are some elevation changes that were challenging for my 4-year old, but she did just fine with a little help!

This trail is fairly easy, but I would keep the moderate rating because of the creek crossings. The bank of the first crossing of coming from the west, was completely washed out when I went out. I wouldn't hike this trail for 12 hours after any rain fall. Becomes very muddy and therefore slippery. But the wild flowers and rolling hills scenery were amazing.

A nice walk easily accessible from the city. The entire thing is paved, so its popular with bikers and trail runners. Lots of playgrounds, picnic shelters, and volleyball courts for families. A nice mixture of sun and shade to keep even hot days bearable.

Be aware of flooding on the Missouri River, because this area is known to flood regularly.

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.

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

road biking
7 months ago

Great paved trail that winds along the river. No worries of cars or other motorized vehicles, except for a few crossings. Kids have freedom to explore and ride. Quiet and very enjoyable. Fun place to Geocache too!

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