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Washburn Discovery Trail

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The 2.2 mile Washburn Discovery Trail begins in Harmony Park at the North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, a certified Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail site. The concrete trail proceeds to Washburn's Riverside Park, taking in vistas of the Missouri River along the way. Historic sites abound throughout the route, including North Dakota’s first coal fired power plant, the last operating ferry boat on the river in ND, the historic Washburn Landing, and the Soo Line Railroad.

The entire trail is marked with interpretive signs at points of interest, and provides ample benches, along with many other walking/hiking amenities. A variety of partnerships, including the City of Washburn, the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation and the Washburn Area Convention & Visitors Bureau are making this new trail (opened in 2005) a popular feature for locals and tourists alike.

Length 2.2 miles
Grade average 2.26%, maximum 8.3%
Surface primary concrete
Amenities modern interpretive center with 24-hour rest area facilities, interpretive signs and benches


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Contact Information

Washburn Area CVB
P.O. Box 607, Washburn, ND 58577
Ph. 888.462.8530