Hiking areas around Minot


For trails and parks located within the city of Minot, click here.


Upper Souris Refuge | 30 Minutes from Minot

The Upper Souris Refuge has developed several trails in which you are able to view the abundance of animals protected on the refuge. The Upper Souris Refuge include five nature trails for exploration.

  • Oxbow Nature Trail | .5 mile or 1 mile
  • Overlook Nature Trail
  • Pelican Nature Trail | .5 mile
  • Cottonwood Nature Trail | .5 mile or 1 mile
  • Centennial Wildlife Nature Trail | 2 miles or 2.5 miles


Rice Lake | 30 Minutes from Minot

Rice Lake have a half-mile walking trail that begins near parking area. There has also been the installation of a switch-back trail up the hillside from the boat ramp. With the recent ongoing improvements to the landscaping surrounding these hiking trails.


Black Butte Adventures | 35 Minutes from Minot

Black Butte Adventures is an outdoor getaway with more than 500 acres of native prairie landscape located on a working cattle ranch. The trails are groomed for hiking, biking and guided tours about agriculture or nature. Prepare for any trail conditions and bring good shoes in case it’s muddy! Keep an eye out for wildlife on your adventure including cattle, horses, deer, and bald eagles. Early spring brings the migration of many species of birds to the area.
Single track loop is 4.5 miles or 7.24 Kilometers long and watch out for those sharing the trail with you, aka cows!


Denbigh Experimental Forest | 40 Minutes from Minot

The Denbigh trail is a 3 mile or 4.8 kilometer loop though a manmade forest. The first of two trailheads is on the northwest end of the unit near the administrative site and the second is on the southwest corner of the arboretum.  Keep your eyes up! There are deer, coyotes, tons of birds and other wildlife to see when experiencing the trails.


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.

Check out the Wetlands Trail Loop and the Lewis and Clark Trail Loop also located at Garrison Dam.


Fort Stevenson State Park | 50 Minutes from Minot

The winding trail system allows for lots of vegetation, native prairie animals and a beautiful walk along the shoreline. Find each trail on their map.

  • 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


Lake Sakakawea State Park | 1 Hour from Minot

Take in the North Country National Scenic Trail this area 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

The Wilderness Area contains 7 miles or 11.2 kilometers of routes thought-out the refuge. This location is packed with a ton of North Dakota wildlife to view.


Washburn Discovery Trail | 1 Hour 10 Minutes from Minot

Starting at the Lewis and Clark Interpretative center you can enter this trail thought Harmony Park.  The path is paved allowing for an easy walk where people can take in the views of the Missouri River. The Washburn Discovery Trail is about 2.2 miles long with a trail surface of concrete it is the perfect place to bike and view the surrounding scenery.


Cross Ranch State Park | 1 Hour 20 Minutes from Minot

Cross Ranch State Park offers five hiking trails throughout the state park.

  • Matah “River” Trail | 2.9 Miles 
  • Ma-ak-oti “Old Village” Trail | 2.5 Miles 
  • Cottonwood Trail/Gaines Trail | 5.4 Miles
  • Levi’s Trail | 2.2 Miles 
  • TNC Self-Guided Prairie Trail | 2 Miles


Lake Metigoshe Area | 1 Hour 30 Minutes from Minot

Lake Metigoshe is north of Minot in the Turtle Mountains and provides some longer hiking trails for the nature lover.


Lake Metigoshe State Park | 1 Hour 40 Minutes from Minot

The trails at the lake 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


Old Oak Trail | 3 Miles or 4.8 Kilometers
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.


Paved Trail
Running Parallel to the Lake Loop Road, this 11-mile (17.7 kilometers) loop is easily accessed from the park entrance.


Bottineau Winter Park | 1 Hour 30 Minutes from Minot

(open in the summer too!)
Annies’s House Hiking Trails, are available and open to the public. Upon arrival, be sure to sign in, and then as you exit, sign out.  Like most trail systems, you ‘pack it in and pack it out’ meaning what you bring with you, including any items that are trash, you would take out with you. Each trail system which are listed below varies in length, but total 3.5 miles or 5.6 kilometers in length to walk.

  • Wayland Trail | .75 Miles or 1.2 Kilometers
  • Hannah’s Trail | .30 Miles or .48 Kilometers
  • Carelton Trail | 1.35 Miles or 2.17 Kilometers
  • Stanley Trail | 1.0 Miles or 1.6 Kilometers
  • Andy’s Trail | .10 Miles or .16 Kilometers


Lewis and Clark State Park | 1 Hour 45 Minutes from Minot

Located on Lewis and Clark State Park are four scenic hiking trails.

  • Prairie Nature Trail | .42 Miles 
  • North Trail System | 2.55 Miles 
  • South Trail System | 2.8 Miles 
  • Shoreline Trail | 3.03 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.