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Old Oak Trail

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Certified in 1976 as a National Recreation Trail, Old Oak, located at Lake Metigoshe State Park, became North Dakota's first nationally recognized trail. The 3-mile nature trail winds through the aspen, birch, and oak forests of the Turtle Mountains along the Canada-US border. Interpretive markers are placed along the trail with a corresponding brochure to identify natural wonders. The trail can be used for hiking, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing. There is also a geocache located along this trail as well as others in the park.

Length 3 miles
Grade rolling, moderate and some challenging areas
Surface natural turf surface (grass and soil)
Amenities picnic areas, fire rings, potable water, cabins, ski and snowshoe rental, canoe rental, RV hookups, modern and primitive camping areas, boat launches, directional signs, fishing docks, restrooms, telephone, interpretive programming


The trailhead is located at the warming house facility. Old Oak Interpretive Trail brochures are available in the warming house and at the main office during business hours.

Locator Map


Contact Information

Lake Metigoshe State Park
#2 Lake Metigoshe State Park, Bottineau, ND 58318-4648
Ph. 701.263.4651
Lake Metigoshe State Park