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North Dakota hiking trails


Hiking is a popular activity in North Dakota State Parks and a variety of trails are available suitable for novice and seasoned hikers. It is a fundamental outdoor activity on which many others are based.

Hiking can be enjoyed as an individual endeavor or as a group activity. State parks provide guided hiking tours led by experienced personnel who are knowledgeable on the area’s vegetation, wildlife and history. For hikers who set out on their own, it’s always a good idea to let others know your intentions. Hikers can leave their information at the park visitor center, offices or with park personnel.

Hiking in state parks is a popular activity
Along with trail maps for each park, the NDPRD provides two guides for hikers – the North Dakota State Trail Guide and the North Dakota National Recreation Trail Guide. These are available on request from the NDPRD and in PDF form by clicking on the preceding links. The guides provide a variety of information including maps and trail descriptions.

State Trail Guide

North Dakota State
Trail Guide
(pdf 6.03mb)

State Trail Guide

North Dakota National Recreation Trail Guide (pdf 14mb)


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.

North Dakota Parks and Recreation is a partner in the “Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics www.LNT.org.  NDPRD staff practice and support Leave No Trace skills and ethics and believe in the steward ships of America’s public lands.

Hiking opportunities may be found at all state parks: