North Dakota June 30, 2018
8 Totally Kid-Friendly Hikes In North Dakota That Are 1 Mile And Under
Take the whole family out to these beautiful spots in North Dakota and you’ll be treated with hikes that everyone can enjoy. They’re short, easy, but will still take you through breathtaking examples of this state’s natural beauty. Whether you’re towing along young kids or are just looking for something simple yet satisfying for yourself, these trails are perfect for you:
1. Sully's Hill Trail
It's just a short hike up a hill to reach this fantastic view of North Dakota's largest natural lake, Devils Lake. Sullys Hill Game Preserve is where you can find this trail and so much more. Expect to see some pretty awesome wildlife that would totally amaze kids, including things like bison!
2. Wind Canyon Trail
Discover one of the most majestic views in all of North Dakota by taking this trail that is just under half a mile long. It's short and sweet and the payoff is totally worth every step as you gaze down onto the Little Missouri River. This trail can be found in the South Unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Medora, ND.
3. Overlook Trail
Experience Lake Sakakawea at its finest on the Overlook Trail in Lake Sakakawea State Park. It's under half a mile long and you'll see the massive, sweeping landscapes of the prairie and water all in one trail. What more could you ask for?
4. Little Twig Nature Trail
If you visit this trail in the spring or summer, prepare to be wowed. This trail is located in Fort Ransom State Park and will take you through wildflower-filled meadows and peaceful forests all in one. And the best part is that it's just under a mile in length. It's visually stunning and easy to do all in one.
5. Wildwood Trail
Immerse yourself in nature on the Wildwood Trail in the Gunlogson Nature Preserve, which is part of the Icelandic State Park near Cavalier, ND. It is three-quarters of a mile long and meanders through the wooded areas around Lake Renwick. It's beautiful year round, but especially in the fall.
6. Beaver Lake Nature Trail
This hike is under half a mile long but will give you the opportunity to see everything that's great about Beaver Lake State Park near Wishek, ND. You'll want to bring your swimsuit to wear when you finish this trail, as the trailhead begins at the lake's lovely swimming beach. The trail itself skirts around the shoreline on the rolling prairie hills around Beaver Lake.
7. Prairie Nature Trail
At under half a mile long, the Prairie Nature Trail in Lewis and Clark State Park has splendid views of the massive Lake Sakakawea as well as the patches of trees, prairie grasses, and unique terrain surrounding the lake. It's a whole lot to take in on quite a short and easy trail and that's what makes it great.
8. Ridgeline Trail
Another Fort Ransom State Park trail is just about three-quarters of a mile long and will take you to someplace jaw-dropping. The Ridgeline Trail will lead you right to a vantage point that overlooks the lush hills of the Sheyenne River Valley in a way that is almost too much to take in. It's just gorgeous!
Where is your favorite place to take a quick and easy hike in North Dakota? On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, here’s one of the
longest and most grueling trail networks in the state — that’s nearly 100 miles long — and one of the most famous. Would you take it on?