North Dakota April 05, 2018
6 Low-Key Hikes In North Dakota With Amazing Payoffs
You don’t have to climb mountains to reach these spectacular views in North Dakota. These hikes are short and easy with just the right amount of adventure and great payoffs at the end of the trail to make them worth it. From the river valleys to the badlands, you’ll definitely want to set out on these low-key journeys:
1. Wind Canyon Trail
This trail is in the South Unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Medora, North Dakota. It is only just under half a mile in total length but it will take you to one of the most majestic views of the Little Missouri River there is. This is a great one to hit about half an hour before sunset so you can make it to the best spot for nature's show at dusk.
2. Prairie Nature Trail
The very best way to experience the Lewis and Clark State Park on the edges of Lake Sakakawea is through the Prairie Nature Trail. This trail is less than half a mile but will take you through the native grasses and provide excellent views of the lake.
3. Fishing Dock Trail
Take a short stroll through the trees to a stunning view of Lake Renwick on this trail in the Icelandic State Park near Cavalier, North Dakota. Bring a rod or two, cast a line, and relax at the end of this trail, and you'll be glad you did.
4. Beaver Loop Trail
Explore the gorgeous, heavily wooded areas that fill Lake Metigoshe State Park on the Beaver Loop. It will take you over two bridges, alongside multiple ponds and lakes, and it's all only just under 2 miles long.
5. Sully's Hill Trail
It doesn't take much to reach the best view of North Dakota's Devils Lake. In the Sully's Hill National Game Preserve, all you need to do is take a short hike up the hill itself on the provided trail and stairs, and you'll discover this fantastic sight. Photos don't do it justice, you have to see it in person to truly appreciate it!
6. Lake View Loop Trail
The Lake View Loop is only 0.36 miles long and will bring you to a gorgeous vista of Beaver Lake in Beaver Lake State Park near Napoleon, North Dakota. The trail meanders through the rolling prairie hills and shows you some true ND beauty.
Which trail in North Dakota has your favorite view? There are plenty more where these came from all over the state in parks, recreation areas, and more.
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