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Scout's Trail

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The Scout's Trail is located within Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. The park is home to the Fort Abraham Lincoln Calvary and Infantry posts, as well as the Custer House. Interpretive opportunities abound for Native American culture, military history, the geology of the Missouri and Heart rivers, native prairie, wildlife, and transportation on the Missouri. The Lewis and Clark Expedition camped in this area on October 20, 1804 and their journal referenced the abandoned Mandan “On-a-Slant Village”, which is located within the park. This trail will connect to the 37 mile paved trail system of Bismarck and Mandan. Interpretation is one of the main components of the visitors’ experience at the park, with a series of interpretive signs, guided tours, living history displays and special events.

Length 4.6 miles
Grade average 8%, maximum 12%
Surface compacted soil
Amenities cabin, camping area, corral/hitching rail, fire ring/grill, parking, trailer parking, picnic area, public shelter, restrooms, RV hookup, showers, trash disposal, visitor center, potable and non-potable water


7 miles south of Mandan on Highway 1806, located within Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park.

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Contact Information

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
4480 Fort Lincoln Road, Mandan, ND 58554
Ph. 701.667.6340
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park