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.

1 month ago

Incredible Views. VERY windy!! lol.

2 months ago

Amazing view !!!

3 months ago

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

Nice stroll into the canyon starting at near the visitor center. This will give a flavor. Recommend the nearby 4.2 out-and-back just to the east of the visitor center. You'll likely see bison over there.

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.

Very easy, great views.

Beautiful views of the canyon. Seems very steep on the way down and we were a bit worried about having to hike back out, but it was honestly very manageable. Bring some water and give yourself time for breaks to catch your breath and enjoy the views

This one was by far my (and my wife's) favorite of the short trails in TR South. Beautiful views out across the rolling green hills below. We went to the end of the point and sat there and "grooved" on the land.

3 months ago

Full disclosure my wife and I only hiked to the prairie dog town and back. Good prairie views and of the concretions, and of course the prairie dogs.

Super easy & beautiful walk out to the remnants of the Old East Entrance. If this is at the end of your scenic loop (depending on which way you drive) it’s a nice way to stretch your legs and get up close to some prairie dogs!!

Very pretty hills and mud formations.

Nice short trail, good views of the river and there was a pack of some 40 buffalo in the valley below.

4 months ago

It's a short walk from the road and it has stunning views of the valleys below. We saw several different groups of bison and mule deer from the high point at the end of the trail

Worth the short walk. You go right through a prarie dog town up to a beutiful stone building

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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!


My husband and I did this trail in August, 2018 at the recommendation of park rangers, we wanted some experience with an overnight hike. It was a hot day and we had plenty of water and our filter, however thee was no water source to use to refill or filter, the juniper campground was close to the trail so we hiked there to refill then tried to find a spot to pitch our tent. The trail had some very poorly marked areas, we went off the main trail several times, making this 12 mile hike over 16. Had it not been for the excellent AllTrails app, not sure we would have found the trail. We did see beautiful peaks and a lone bison which we gave wide berth. Prairie dog town was cute, you are very close to them. The final few miles were impossible to find the trail so we hiked on or near the road.

4 months ago

Beautiful vistas and rare to see another person farther south. The section between Sully Creek trailhead and Plumey Draw is well traveled and the trail condition shows it. This section has the most spectacular views, but the worst walking of the entire trail. Well traveled by bikers and horses, much of it is worn into a narrow half-pipe with no place to walk alongside. If your going NOBO from Plumey Draw TH, it will seem to be an endless climb with short (switchbacks) downhill sections giving respite. I suggest carrying more water than usual. If you plan to filter, there was 1 stream flowing (T-storm the day prior), that was VERY muddy with bentonite clay.
Overall, this trail is blessed by endless vistas the entire length with good to excellent hiking conditions until the final 10 miles of the north section. Be aware that the steepest sections have the most clay; after a t-storm they can become quite treacherous and unforgiving of a slip.
NOTE: my phone batteries were nearly depleted and I shut down the track at mile 35. Total trip time was 34.5 hrs according to my SPOT tracking.

4 months ago

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

4 months ago

Great trail with varied scenery, good elevation, tons of prairie dogs, and wonderful views. we combined this trail with a part of the maah daah hey trail to make it a loop. We even saw a bison right off the trail!

Very nice hike. I was surprised by how great the views were based on other reviews. Be sure to leave a donation in the box (this is private property and do not have to leave it open to the public) if you are driving all the way to the trail head I would recommend an SUV if you just have a car you will have to stop slightly short due to a steep hill. It’s not to big of deal it will just add a half mile to your hike.

Easy out and back, fairly flat hike. Beautiful wildflowers and hilly views. Great to see a small piece of national park history in Colonel Roosevelt's National Park.

Excellent hike. Beautiful views of multiple life zones from top to bottom and back up again. It is a loop. Aa a large family from toddlers to grandparents in their 70s, this took an hour. Later, a casual run took about 10 minutes. Some segments of the trail had bison hoofprints. Incredible views of the badlands.

The June day we hiked was perfect 70F, partly cloudy with a mild breeze. The grass was green and flowers in full bloom. The main challenges were crossing the Little Missouri River and the Knutson Creek. The trail had some steep areas when leaving the valley getting up to the plateau, but nothing too slick or dangerous. We crossed through a pass and came across a geological formation of gray sandstone just couple hundred yards off trail. We hike through the grass to examine the structure. We were rewarded with close encounter to the sandstone shield with pillars and capstones. It was about 75 foot in diameter and 40-foot-tall with no growth on it. We climbed around and enjoyed lunch before continuing on trail. We looped on the Big Plateau Trail back to the river. Most hikers do not cross the river, our hike was quiet and we did not see any other hikers after crossing river. One note, ticks are heavy in this area, make sure to use Deet liberally and monitor. I give this a 4 star for well marked, easy to follow trail and the quiet colorful environment.

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.

5 months 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.


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