8 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone In North Dakota Should Take

Does this amazing state and all it has to offer have you itching to get back outdoors? If you love hiking but don’t have the time for a long trek, these hikes are perfect for you. Take an afternoon and head out into the beautiful North Dakota countryside at some of our state parks to experience these eight hikes that are all under five miles long.

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Address: Lake Metigoshe State Park, Roland, ND 58318, USA
Address: Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, 4480 Fort Lincoln Rd, Mandan, ND 58554, USA
Address: Beaver Lake State Park, 3850 70th St SE, Wishek, ND 58495, USA
Address: Fort Ransom State Park, 5981 Walt Hjelle Pkwy, Fort Ransom, ND 58033, USA
Address: Cross Ranch State Park, 1403 River Rd, Center, ND 58530, USA
Address: Lake Sakakawea State Park, Pick City, ND, USA
Address: Painted Canyon Nature Trail, Belfield, ND 58622, USA
Address: Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota, USA
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Best Hikes in North Dakota

February 25, 2022

What are some awe-inspiring but easy hikes in North Dakota?  

There are hundreds of hiking trails winding through the state of North Dakota. They’re all wonderful and truly awesome, but some do tend to be easier than others, and what’s better than a good old easy-but-scenic adventure? Some of our favorite easy hikes in North Dakota (with amazing views) include the awesome Lake Sakakawea Shoreline Trail, which is inside Lake Sakakawea State Park. It features 4.4 awesome miles of beautiful shoreline views – it’s a must do for locals and visitors alike. If you prefer to stay a little more urban, head to Dunseith and hike through the International Peace Garden. It’s about as long as the Lake Sakakawea Shoreline Trail, at 4.3 miles long, and it features amazing lake views of its own as well as epic wildflowers in the spring and summer. Finally, we recommend the Mcdowel Dam Loop, predictably within the Mcdowel Dam Recreation Area, which is 2.7 miles and ALSO includes lake views. Need some more ideas for low-key, easy hikes in North Dakota? Check this list out.  

What are some of the best kid-friendly hikes around North Dakota?  

North Dakota is home to plenty of hikes that are short and sweet – easy enough for small children to do. We feel like those are some of the best hikes because they require little effort but often have maximum payoffs. Some of our favorite kid-friendly hikes around North Dakota include the legendary Ice Cave Loop, which is near Fairfield and is 2.1 miles long. That hike varies day to day in hours, so you’ll want to contact the property the trail is on before planning your trip to make sure it’s open to the public. As for less-exclusive – but still great – kid-friendly hikes, check out the Downtown Fargo River Walk, at Riverside Park in Fargo. It’s just over two miles long, and it’s paved, so it’s great for strollers and little bikes with training wheels. We also suggest looking at East Sibley Nature Park, in Bismark, and Fort Ransom State Park has plenty of kid-friendly trails throughout.  

Address: Lake Metigoshe State Park, Roland, ND 58318, USA
Address: Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, 4480 Fort Lincoln Rd, Mandan, ND 58554, USA
Address: Beaver Lake State Park, 3850 70th St SE, Wishek, ND 58495, USA
Address: Fort Ransom State Park, 5981 Walt Hjelle Pkwy, Fort Ransom, ND 58033, USA
Address: Cross Ranch State Park, 1403 River Rd, Center, ND 58530, USA
Address: Lake Sakakawea State Park, Pick City, ND, USA
Address: Painted Canyon Nature Trail, Belfield, ND 58622, USA
Address: Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota, USA