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North Dakota biking trails


Whether you're looking for a short trek on a paved bike trail, a long-distance ride on North Dakota's scenic highways, or an exciting off-road mountain bike ride, North Dakota has a route to meet your request.

All of North Dakota's state parks allow biking on trails, with the exception of some nature trails.

Check out the NDDOT Bicycle Safety webpage before you head out for tips on staying safe while riding.

Biking at Beaver Lake State Park

Paved Trails

All of the state's major cities have developed systems of paved bike trails offering cyclists with miles of riding opportunities.

One recommended route in Bismarck/Mandan allows riders to get on the trail at Pioneer Park in northwest Bismarck, travel south along the Missouri River past the Grant Marsh Bridge, through Sertoma Park, over the Expressway Bridge and into Mandan, across the Heart River and south to Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park (12 miles each way). Or, stay on the trail system in Sertoma Park and complete the 3.1 mile loop which parallels the Missouri River and passes by the Dakota Zoo.

Long Distance Routes

With its low traffic and quiet country roads, North Dakota is great for cross-country bike trips. For particularly scenic treks, check out North Dakota's designated scenic byways and backways on the ND State Highway Map (backways are non-paved surfaces and more suitable for mountain bikes).

Some scenic areas to ride in North Dakota include:

  • Little Missouri National Grassland
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park*
  • Lewis and Clark Trail (state highways 1804 and 1806)
  • Pembina Gorge/Walhalla Area
  • Turtle Mountains/Lake Metigoshe
  • Sheyenne National Grassland

*The park's 36-mile scenic loop includes several turnouts with interpretive signing and offers spectacular views of North Dakota's Badlands. The loop starts at the Medora Visitor Center and follows the Little Missouri River for the first six miles, then turns east. Maps are available at the visitor center.

Mountain Biking

North Dakota's varied topography offers mountain bikers many choices for riding. From the one million acres of rugged buttes in the Little Missouri National Grassland to the rolling hills of the Turtle Mountains, North Dakota has many areas for mountain biking waiting to be discovered. Contact your city or county parks department for information on mountain biking opportunities in your area.

The following state parks have trails on which you may mountain bike:


Trail use in State Forests, Recreation Areas and Natural Areas

North Dakota's State Forests, Recreation Areas and Natural Areas also offer many opportunities for trail users. Click here for more information and to view trail maps.

Some recommended riding areas and trails on federal and state-managed land include:

Trails Location/Contact Description
Maah Daah Hey Trail 161 21st St. W. Dickinson, ND 58601 701.225.5151 The Maah Daah Hey Trail is a 120-mile non-motorized trail open for biking, hiking and horseback riding. The trail begins at Sully Creek State Park approximately five miles south of historic Medora and meanders north through the south and north units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Biking within TRNP is not allowed; bikers should use Buffalo Gap Trail. The trail is jointly managed by the U.S. Forest Service (701.225.5151), the National Park Service (701.623.4466), and the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (701.328.5357).
U.S. Forest Service - Mckenzie Ranger District HCO 2, Box 8 Watford City, ND 58854
In addition to hundreds of miles of two track trails and gravel and scoria roads, this Ranger District includes 14 miles of marked multiuse trails on primitive roads over rolling plains and steep badlands. Designated trails include the Long X Loop Trail, an 8.5-mile doubletrack trail, and Summit Trail, a 4.5-mile singletrack trail leading to a campground. Check with the ranger office for directions and trail maps.
U.S. Forest Service - Medora Ranger District 99-23rd Ave W.
Unit B
Dickinson, ND
58601-2202 701.225.5151
This Ranger District in southwestern North Dakota includes hundreds of miles of roads and trails open for multiple use. Check with the ranger office for directions and topography maps.