North Dakota March 26, 2017
7 Under-Appreciated State Parks In North Dakota You’re Sure To Love
Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. As the temperature starts to rise and all the snow begins to melt away if it hasn’t already, a lot of us North Dakotans are itching to get back outside. With one national park, 14 state parks, and more nature preserves than any other state, North Dakota has plenty of ways to experience its beautiful nature. While some of these parks are very popular, others deserve a little more recognition, like these 7 state parks:
1. Lewis and Clark State Park - Williston
Named after the famous exploring duo that traveled through here, this state park has breathtaking views of the badlands surrounding Lake Sakakawea. It includes a large marina and swimming beach for summer fun. Hiking and biking trails can also be found here and there is plenty of beautiful wildlife to see.
2. Little Missouri State Park - Killdeer
The Theodore Roosevelt National Park isn't the only place you can see the mesmerizing badlands of North Dakota. This state park is the perfect place to see it. Horseback riding is very popular here and it has some of the best trails. They travel along the ridge lines and overlook the fantastic scenery.
3. Beaver Lake State Park - Napoleon
The calm and peaceful waters of Beaver Lake are the perfect place for a picnic on the shore or a stroll along the beach. Anyone would enjoy a day out at Beaver Lake!
4. Turtle River State Park - Grand Forks
This state park is stunning year round. The dense trees surrounding the Turtle River provide a wonderful place to escape and just enjoy nature. It has everything you need for an outdoor getaway - campgrounds, cabins, trails, boating, fishing, and more.
5. Icelandic State Park - Cavalier
The Icelandic State Park is one of the most unique parks in North Dakota. Located next to Lake Renwick and the Tongue River, this park has it all. Gorgeous natural views, historic buildings, and a nature preserve with hundreds of plants and animals - some of which you can't find anywhere else in the state.
6. Sully Creek State Park - Medora
While travelers to Medora usually visit the famous national park right next to it, if you want to skip the tourist crowds and still get a glimpse into the beauty of the badlands then Sully Creek is exactly what you want. This is one of North Dakota's only seasonal parks and it opens again on April 1st.
7. Cross Ranch State Park - Hensler
Cross Ranch State Park is unique in that it is located along the last free-flowing, undeveloped stretch of the Missouri River. It has over 5,000 acres dedicated as a nature preserve and plenty of trails to explore it in. Stay overnight under the stars at the campgrounds or in a cabin or yurt that is available for reservations.
These are just a few of North Dakota’s parks and recreation areas. As summer gets closer, there will be plenty of opportunities for more fun outdoors.
Check out these spots in the state for more ideas!