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Featured National Recreation Trails

A sampling of National Recreation Trails in the news or recently designated. The NRT program showcases the diversity of trails across America, from our cities and suburbs to the deserts, waterways, and high mountains.


National Recreation Trails... America's great trails!

Every kind of trail activity is represented in the listing of designated NRTs. Besides hiking and bicycling, the system includes water trails, motorized routes, snow tracks, greenways, and equestrian paths.

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Interpretive Trail at Fort Mandan

Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge Leg of the Historic Fort Totten Trail – This 9-mile backcountry trail is undergoing improvements to provide enhanced wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities and allows for a variety of uses, including hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding (designated 2008).


Cross Ranch Trails This backcountry, interpretive trail system extends nearly 15 miles along the Missouri River at the heart of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. History buffs have the chance to see the Missouri River and its cottonwood river bottoms much as Lewis and Clark saw them. The trail system forms a series of interconnected loops, transitioning from almost 1,500 acres of floodplain woodland to scenic high bluffs overlooking the river. Cross Ranch State Park and Nature Preserve is home to a variety of wildlife, including bald eagles and the threatened piping plover. In addition to its natural and cultural resources, trail users enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, cross country skiing, and fishing (designated 2005).


Fort Mandan Nature & History Trail: This 1.1-mile interpretive trail is located at the replica of Fort Mandan (Lewis and Clark's wintering post in 1804-1805) and offers visitors an ideal opportunity to view wildlife along the Missouri River (designated 2006).


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along the Prairie Hiking Trail at the Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge

Grand Forks/East Grand Forks Greenway Trail Connecting two cities and two states(ND and MN), this 20-mile urban trail and greenway allows users to experience the natural beauty of the Red and Red Lake Rivers, while enjoying a variety of recreation facilities and activities such as biking, fishing, and boating (designated 2007).


Hay Creek Trail The 5-mile multi-use trail provides recreational and educational opportunities throughout Burleigh County. It acts as a corridor providing access to cultural and recreational facilities including the performing arts park at Sleepy Hollow Park, the fishing pond at the North Dakota Game & Fish Department, the Pebble Creek Golf Course, and the Burleigh County Fairgrounds. In addition, this trail allows users to enjoy a wide range of activities including biking and wildlife observation (designated 2002).


Lostwood Refuge-Prairie Hiking Trail — Located within the Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge, this 7.5-mile backcountry prairie trail provides a scenic view of rolling hills and wetlands shaped by glaciers and offers excellent bird watching opportunities.


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Biking on the Scout’s Trail in Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
(photo from ND Parks and Recreation Departmen)

Maah Daah Hey Trail winds its way through the rugged badlands and rolling prairies of western North Dakota. The 96-mile trail is a three-partner effort North Dakota State Parks, Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the United States Forest Service Dakota Prairie Grasslands (designated 2003).

Munch's Coulee Hiking Trail Located along the Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge State Scenic Byway, this 1-mile loop trail provides spectacular vistas of the Refuge's wildflowers, Lower Des Lacs Lake, and nearby wetlands. The trail's native flora and fauna draw school groups from throughout the area. In addition to its scenic features, this trail offers ample opportunities for bird watching (designated 2005).

Scout’s Trail – Situated within Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, this 4.6-mile multi-use trail offers environmental education and interpretive opportunities on Native American culture amid scenic vistas and native prairie (designated 2008).

Sullys Hill Nature Trail – Located in one of only four units of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service managed to preserve bison, this 1.5-mile scenic loop trail provides visitors the opportunity to observe a diverse sampling of native wildlife whether jogging or snowshoeing (designated 2008).

Washburn Discovery Trail This 2.2-mile multi-use trail connects Harmony Park (on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail) with Riverside Park and provides scenic vistas of the Missouri River (designated 2006).

Wetlands and Waterfowl Trail Located in the Alice Waterfowl Production Area, this 1.25-mile trail hosts a variety of migratory birds, provides a universally accessible facility for wildlife viewing, and hunting.


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