6 Easy And Beautiful Spring Hikes Everyone In North Dakota Will Love

As winter ends, we tend to yearn for those nice spring days in North Dakota when we can get outside without fifty layers and the threat of snow. Once the snowflakes finally do turn to raindrops and the prairies come to life again, you can look forward to exploring the state in the springtime. What better way to experience this beautiful season than on some easy, pleasant North Dakota hikes that’ll take you right through the budding plants and nature? Here are some of the best hikes in North Dakota for springtime shenanigans:

For all trail guides, exact locations, and more information, visit the official parks and rec website. Which trails in North Dakota would you say are THE best hikes in North Dakota? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

Even if there is still snow on the ground, you can enjoy hiking in North Dakota! Some even take part in snowshoeing and cross country skiing on these fantastic trails.

 

Address: Beaver Lake State Park, 3850 70th St SE, Wishek, ND 58495, USA
Address: Icelandic State Park, 13571 ND-5, Cavalier, ND 58220, USA
Address: Fort Ransom State Park, 5981 Walt Hjelle Pkwy, Fort Ransom, ND 58033, USA
Address: Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota, USA
Address: Lake Sakakawea State Park, Pick City, ND 58545, USA
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Best Hikes in North Dakota

April 06, 2022

What are some great easy hikes in North Dakota?  

There are more than 170 awesome hiking trails in North Dakota, each more enchanting than the last. Some of our favorites are long, some are short, but they’re ALL amazing (that’s just North Dakota for you). For example, the short-and-sweet Wind Canyon Trail at Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a great scenic hike and it’s easy enough for kids to do, too. While you’re there, also do the Painted Canyon Nature Trail (one mile long), Boicourt Overlook Trail (0.8 miles long), and Coal Vein Trail (0.6 miles long). Other wonderful easy hiking trails in North Dakota are the White Butte North Dakota Highpoint Trail, in Bowman (3.4 miles long), the Bison Plant Trail at the Minot Park District (2.3 miles long). We also like the Fort Lincoln Loop Trail at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park (3.6 miles long), the Red River Trail at Lindenwood Park (4.9 miles), and the Mineral Springs Trail at Fort Ransom (4.3 miles long).  

What are some of the best parks in North Dakota?  

Did you know that there are 13 excellent state parks in North Dakota (as well as three National Parks sites)? It’s true – and we’re kind of biased, but we think every state park in North Dakota is one of the best parks in North Dakota! Of course, there are some that do see more visitors than others each year thanks to their overall popularity, like the wonderful Theodore Roosevelt National Park. It’s enormous and there’s so much to do and see there that we recommend taking at LEAST a whole weekend to do it. There’s even a lesser-known petrified forest within the park, so be sure to check that out! Lake Metigoshe State Park is one of North Dakota’s best state parks for many reasons as well, but that pristine lake is probably reason #1. Other greats include Icelandic State Park, Grahams Island State Park, and Little Missouri State Park.  

Address: Beaver Lake State Park, 3850 70th St SE, Wishek, ND 58495, USA
Address: Icelandic State Park, 13571 ND-5, Cavalier, ND 58220, USA
Address: Fort Ransom State Park, 5981 Walt Hjelle Pkwy, Fort Ransom, ND 58033, USA
Address: Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota, USA
Address: Lake Sakakawea State Park, Pick City, ND 58545, USA