North Dakota June 29, 2017
Get Your Outdoor Fix At These 10 State Parks In North Dakota
North Dakota has quite a few awesome state parks in every corner of the state. There are parks centered around lakes, in forests, and along winding rivers. They show every aspect of the Peace Garden State’s beautiful natural settings. Plus, they are packed with ways to enjoy the great outdoors: camping, hiking, swimming, boating, horseback riding – and the list goes on.
Here are 10 of North Dakota’s state parks that are perfect summer destinations to get your outdoor fix.
1. Little Missouri State Park - Killdeer
This state park offers stunning panoramic views of the badlands. It includes 47 miles of trails where hikers and horseback riders can enjoy the peaceful setting. Campgrounds are available for you to have the perfect outdoor weekend.
2. Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park - Bismarck/Mandan
One of the most popular state parks is the Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, and for good reason. It's so much more than your average park. Not only is it in a beautiful natural area, it also is loaded with history. There are multiple historical sites that you can explore here, as well as a trolley that can take you to them. During certain times of the year you can even see historical reenactments that will really make your trip a memorable one.
3. Turtle River State Park - Grand Forks
Located right on the lovely Turtle River, this park has everything you need and more for the best outdoor getaway. This forest-filled river valley is great to just let your mind and body relax while you're surrounded by nature. It's the ideal spot for a picnic, a casual hike, or even fishing and camping.
4. Sully Creek State Park - Medora
Sully Creek State Park can be found right on the southern edge of the Little Missouri National Grasslands near the scenic town of Medora. The horseback riding trails are one of the biggest draws here but the campgrounds tucked right into the rugged hills are also very popular. Who wouldn't want to stay here with views like that?
5. Lake Metigoshe State Park - Bottineau
By far one of the most popular nature spots for visitors, Lake Metigoshe proves why with its mesmerizing views. It is located in the always-beautiful Turtle Mountains and has dense trees, wetlands, and the lake itself. It doesn't get much more beautiful than sitting on the lakeside watching the sun set over the reflecting waters. You have to see it for yourself to fully appreciate it!
6. Lewis & Clark State Park - Williston
Located on the edge of Lake Sakakawea near Williston, North Dakota, this simply stunning state park has so much to offer. With a lake as big as this, there are endless opportunities for boating, sailing, fishing, and hanging out at the swimming beaches.
7. Fort Ransom State Park - Fort Ransom
Right in the heart of the Sheyenne River valley is this positively gorgeous state park. No matter how you experience this park - on the trails, in a tent, yurt, or cabin, or driving through the scenic byway - you are sure to fall in love with this area.
8. Beaver Lake State Park - Napoleon
This state park, located on a lake by the same name, is the best for all things summer. The swimming beach and the trails offer great outdoor recreation. There is lots of wildlife to see while you are here, and yes, that includes beavers!
9. Grahams Island State Park - Devils Lake
One of the best ways to experience North Dakota's always-popular Devils Lake is at this particular state park. It is located on an island of sorts right in the middle of the lake. You can reach the island by a raised road and then be totally immersed in the area. The island features great trails, awesome campgrounds, and plenty of spots to enjoy the water.
10. Icelandic State Park - Cavalier
Icelandic State Park is located right in the very upper east corner of North Dakota on Lake Renwick. This breathtaking place holds everything that makes wonderful place to visit. Amazing views, serene settings, and wonderful ways to enjoy it all.
Parks and Recreation website can give you more information on each of these parks. You’ll definitely want to get to one before summer is over!
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