Paved trails and off-road adventures await!
Denbigh Experimental Forest | 40 Minutes from Minot
Denbigh Experimental Forest has a 3-mile loop that winds through tree plantings and surrounding prairie. This biking trail is completely gravel with mile markers for trail guidance. This trail also continues through the historic arboretum.
Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery | 50 Minutes from Minot
Trails add up to 3.3 miles or 5.3 kilometers of graveled pathways. One loop is called the Hatchery Loop and the other is the River Loop. The Hatchery Trail Loop is 1.3 miles or 2.1 kilometers and connects to the River Loop. Also check out the Wetlands Trail Loop and the Lewis and Clark Trail Loop when you visit Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery.
Fort Stevenson | 50 Minutes from Minot
Visitors can rent Fat Tire Bikes by the hour or the day at Fort Stevenson State Park.
- Flicker Loop | 2.3 Miles or 3.7 Kilometers
- Northern Pine Loop | 2.22 Miles or 3.6 Kilometers
- Purple Coneflower Loop | 1.08 Miles or 1.7 Kilometers
- de Trobriand Loop | 1.7 Miles or 2.7 Kilometers
- Trooper Challenge Loop | .7 Miles or 1.1 Kilometers
- Whitetail Loop | .9 Miles or 1.4 Kilometers
- Arboretum Loop | .48 Miles or .8 Kilometers
- Eagle Ridge Loop | .22 Miles or .35 Kilometers
Audubon National Wildlife Refuge | 50 Minutes from Minot
Prairie Nature Trail | 1 Mile or 1.6 Kilometers
Begin your journey through Audubon at the north end of the visitor center on the Prairie Nature Trail. The beginning of the path is paved with the half-mile extension of gravel tying back to the paved portion. The trail is appropriately named with an abundance of nature including waterfowl, red fox, sharp-tailed grouse and hundreds of other species.
Lake Sakakawea State Park | 1 Hour from Minot
Take in the North Country National Scenic Trail. Lake Sakakawea State Park has beautiful multi-use trails.
- North Country Trail | 1.78 Miles or 2.9 Kilometers
- Shoreline Trail | 2.7 Miles or 4.3 Kilometers
- Whitetail Trail | .22 Miles or .35 Kilometers
- Overlook Trail | .36 Miles or .58 Kilometers
Cross Ranch State Park | 1 Hour 20 Minutes from Minot
Cross Ranch State Park offers three biking trail throughout the state park.
- Levi’s Trail | 2.2 Miles
- Cottonwood/Gaines Trail | 5.4 Miles
- Matah “River” Trail | 2.9 Miles
Lake Metigoshe State Park | 1 Hour 40 Minutes from Minot
The trails at Lake Metigoshe State Park are separated into East and West loops which all lead back to the Warming House Trailhead. Our tip, remember your bug spray.
The East loops around Lake Metigoshe allow for hikes up to a range of 8 miles or 12.9 kilometers.
- Antelope | 2.5 Miles or 4 Kilometers
- Beaver | 4.25 Miles or 6.8 Kilometers
- Coyote | 5.95 Miles or 9.6 Kilometers
- Deer | 8.05 Miles or 12.96 Kilometers
- Kings Highway Trail | will link you to additional trail systems.
The West loops around Lake Metigoshe trails are slightly shorter but still great hikes.
- Cub | 2.75 Miles or 4.42 Kilometers
- Tenderfoot | 3.31 Miles or 5.3 Kilometers
- Scout | 3.35 Miles or 5.4 Kilometers
- Eagle | 4.56 Miles or 7.34 Kilometers
- Hemerick Point Trail | Connects all trails to the warming House Trailhead
Built in 1974, this was North Dakota first National Recreation trail. The trail takes roughly 2 hours to hike and is 3 miles long or 4.82 kilometers, however, there are two loops in this trail system which allow the hiker to pick a shorter or longer hike. The trail brochure illustrates all the wildlife that can be seen while walking and indicates the vegetation surrounding the trail as well.
Running Parallel to the Lake Loop Road, this 11-mile (17.7 kilometers) loop is easily accessed from the park entrance.
Lewis and Clark State Park | 1 Hour 45 Minutes from Minot
Lewis and Clark State Park has two mountain biking trails in which showcase the beautiful scenery surrounding the entire park.
- North Trail System | 2.55 Miles
- South Trail System | 2.8 Miles
International Peace Gardens | 2 Hours from Minot
The International Peace Gardens are one of the most precious locations within our driving area. The Gardens boast year-round activities including hiking trails around the plot of neutral territory. The Peace Gardens are considered neutral territory between the two countries, allowing for a truly unique experience. When you head to the Peace Gardens, it’s important to remember that you exit the United States, but you don’t actually enter into Canada, so we recommend traveling with a Passport and bringing in a picnic lunch.
The Peace Gardens features several hiking trails around the grounds that are suitable for hikers at all skill levels. The trail systems are throughout the vast wooded areas, near beautiful lakes, and next to picnic areas where hikers can take a break during their trek.
On the Peace Garden map, hikers will be able to follow their trail systems and chose which locations to break at. Here are a couple of our favorite trails:
- Lakeview Hiking Trail
Accessed on the north loop inside the Peace Gardens, this trail (1.5 miles or 2.4 kilometers) features an abundance of wildlife to view as you walk throughout the foliage. By entering the McKeller Picnic Area, you can access this path. From the Lakeview Trail, you can connect to the Chapel Trail which will take you to the far west side of the gardens.
- Chapel Trail
The Chapel Trail runs from the far west side of the gardens around to the north connecting to the Lakeview trail. At that point, hikers can opt to compete the loop and head back to the start of the trail by the chapel, or walk along the road around Lake Stormon.
- Additional tails to note – Map #6 to #21
From the Conservatory, hike along Lake Udall to the North American Game Warden Museum. This leisure trail is serene, and an easy walk. Hikers can continue south along the thicker wooded area where wildlife viewing is bound to be abundant.