Explore the most popular walking 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.

Great views of the park and valley below.

This trail was somewhat overgrown and is primarily used as a connector trail for some of the wilderness trails and the Jones Creek trail. The trail is not well marked and can get confusing with many of the horse and bison trails in the area.

hiking
3 days ago

Great Views of the park. We hiked to the overlook across from the visitor's center and made a one mile trail in and out.

beautiful views.

Short lollipop loop that gives an up-close look at the Badlands' rocks and plants. Trail is somewhat steep but very popular because it starts at an interstate rest area. I would avoid this trail if it has rained recently: Badlands dirt turns into sticky goop when you add water.

Ticks!!!!

Did not call ahead but did leave a donation in box. Hot and sunny hike - glad other hikers had suggested pants for the tall grass. No problems with pants. No problem following trail as there we foot print in the sandy part for us to follow. If you hit the sandy part and are not sure where to go - the trail is to the right side of the butte wrapping around the back of it. There was a log book to sign so someone must have brought a new one. Fun high point! Did not see any snakes or wildlife. Enjoy!

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

Very easy trail to hike. There are some slopes that are steep, but if you wear the proper shoes you’ll be just fine.

Great hike with the family! My 4 year old and 8 year old had no trouble at all. We wore thin pants and T-shirts since it was warm out and the long grass didn’t bother us. Super fun hike for the whole family!

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!

on Harmon Lake Trail

hiking
1 month ago

About a 9 mile hike. Went with my sister and it took about 3.5 hours to complete with a few water breaks. The view of the lake is beautiful and the trail itself has some good variety in terms of terrain, scenery, animals and plants.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views

I arrived at 630am and was treated to a beautiful view atop North Dakota's highest point!

I didn't drive completely to the trailhead. I opted to stop before the trees near the fence (near). I'm glad I did, my SUV wouldn't have liked the road much further!

After the first initial climb, you're treated to some waist-high grass, wasn't my favorite in shorts. The summit needs a new log book, every page was full!

Just prior to arriving at my car, these mosquito-like bugs started attacking me. The bites swelled up quickly but never itched much. No idea what got me!

The trail is not maintained much and you can lose it in the high grass, but just keep looking for higher ground and you'll find it again!

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.

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!!

road biking
1 month 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!

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!

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

trail running
2 months ago

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

mountain biking
2 months ago

Nice flowing single track trail winding along the lake and surrounding hills. Good mix of technical area in the trees with free flowing area on surrounding hills. They added and additional 4.2 miles of trail so it's now 13.2 miles around, well worth riding!

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

This one is pretty straight forward. Paved trail that leads to a great overview. We enjoyed the climb up the hill and the incredible views at the top.

Quick and easy high point to hike. We had a more difficult time locating the trailhead than anything else. We also had some concerns about the location being on private property. But we didn’t have any problems. We didn’t see anyone in the hour we were there. We called ahead twice with the number on summit post.org. And didn’t get an answer either time. We drove the car along two track on the the right side of the fence to a small hill just before the trail head. This app was very helpful in making sure we stayed on trail. There was one sandy spot at the base that was confusing. When we started going the wrong direction, we were able to turn around and pick up the right trail immediately.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome view! Loved every second of it!

mountain biking
2 months ago

My first time ever off road mountain biking- I had a great time! The harder part is that I was out of shape, so it seems harder. I’ve already done it again 2 more times since then- improved my time!

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