Most People Don’t Know Some Of The Oldest Tree Stumps In The World Are Found In North Dakota

A lot of people outside of North Dakota aren’t aware that this state has any forests at all, let alone forests of 60-million-year-old prehistoric tree stumps! While sometimes the term “lone tree state” has been tossed around to describe ND’s vast and treeless prairies, long ago during the days of the saber-toothed cats and mammoths, the state was covered in a dense forest. The forest may be gone, but remnants of it still remain, and you can visit them yourself right here in the Peace Garden State.

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Petrified tree stumps can be found through quite a large area of western North Dakota and beyond, but the Petrified Forest Loop Trail is definitely your best option for experiencing them. The trail is in the South Unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Medora, North Dakota.

If you want to visit a living forest of today in North Dakota, why not check out this one?