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North Dakota State Parks Promise Relaxation and Adventure

North Dakota state parks brim with hiking trails, beautiful scenery, and opportunities for adventure and relaxation such as birdwatching. Go to Beaver Lake and Fort Abraham Lake state parks to catch pike, perch, and walleye, or canoe along one of the state's many rivers.

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The Best North Dakota State Parks for Hiking

Hiking offers a breath of fresh air and a snapshot of local scenery, especially at North Dakota state parks. Go with a group of friends, on your own, or with your family on guided tours led by local wildlife and environment experts.

  • 1. Beaver Lake State Park

    Hike along Beaver Lake Natural Trail, which winds for 0.32 miles through prairie land, woodland, and along the shoreline of the lake. Read about the local vegetation and geology in the park's trail guide.

  • 2. Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

    The Scouts Trail System is hard packed and single tracked for your enjoyment. It's open to horses, bicycles, and old regular hiking. Wander along the Young Hawk Interpretive Trail and reward yourself with a bit to eat in the picnic area at the end of the trail.

  • 3. Lewis and Clarke State Park

    This park, located in the strangely named North Dakota Badlands, is home to the Prairie Nature Trail. Stroll through history past old wagon wheel tracks still engraved in the soil, prairie lands, and wooded ravines.

  • 4. Sully Creek State Park

    Hike the scenic one-way Bully Pulpit Trail in Sully Creek State Park. The trail, filled with rolling hills and coulees, spans a beautiful prairie landscape with a moderate elevation covered in snow from October to March.

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The Best North Dakota State Parks for Family

It's always great to travel with your family, and even better when you can keep the kids happy. Where better than in a blissful North Dakota state park? Enjoy some fishing with your children and teach them about patience and nature, visit Fort Stevenson State Park to learn about the history of the area, and explore the natural landscapes of Cross Ranch State Park.

  • 1. Turtle River State Park

    Fishing is always fun, especially when you have young children taking part. Borrow fishing gear from the park office and catch rainbow trout in the lush Turtle River.

  • 2. Fort Stevenson State Park

    Visit the home of the walleye in North Dakota. Garrison Bay and de Trobriand marinas are particularly ideal for children interested in boats. Stop in at the Guardhouse Museum to see artifacts of when Fort Stevenson protected North Dakota's supply lines.

  • 3. Cross Ranch State Park

    Show your children the wildlands of this undeveloped stretch of the Missouri river. Without a modern building in sight, you can enjoy the mighty Missouri River and marvel at how glaciers shaped the land. Have a picnic in the wood of classic pioneer cottonwood and willow.

  • 4. Lake Sakakawea State Park

    Bring your children to the third-largest manmade reservoir in the United States. See ring-necked pheasants, eastern bluebirds, and the prairie landscape. This state park was named after a 16-year-old girl who helped the Lewis and Clarke Expedition.

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The Best North Dakota State Parks for Adventure Sports

Treat your body with some adventure sports and your soul with the nature of North Dakota state parks. There are wonderful canoeing and cross-country skiing opportunities in state parks across North Dakota.

  • 1. Knife River

    Visit the river that Lewis and Clarke visited and then canoe past the riverbottom forests. The lower level is perfect for casual canoers, and further upstream, you can look for the local sediment, Knife River flint. It passes through Sully Creek State Park.

  • 2. Little Missouri River

    Explore Little Missouri State Park as you canoe along the Little Missouri River, and see the elk the US Forest Service has introduced to the area.

  • 3. Yellowstone River

    See the beauty of Paleocene and Pleistocene rock outcrops by the Yellowstone River near Lewis and Clarke State Park. There is protected local wildlife such as terns, piping plovers, paddlefish and pallid sturgeon. Fish for the local Yellowstone cutthroat trout and the always popular rainbow trout.

  • 4. Cross Country skiing:

    There's nothing better than cross-country skiing when winter hits North Dakota. Ski the 5-mile trail at Beaver Lake State Park and wonder at the frozen water at Lake Sakakawea State Park.

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