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North Country National Scenic Trail Dakota Prairie

Trail Description:

A 25 mile segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail, which crosses the Sheyenne Grasslands, is an excellent area for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Along this segment of the trail, one can see native grasses and forbs and sight great flocks of geese, ducks and sandhill cranes as they migrate through the area.

Grazing is a legitimate use in the Sheyenne National Grasslands so cattle will probably be encountered in this area. The trail passes near booming grounds for prairie chicken and sharptail grouse so the trail user may have a unique opportunity to observe or hear these birds. However, one should use extra caution to not disturb them during mating season.

Hiking the North Country National Scenic Trail - Dakota Prairie:


  • The trails are closed to all motorized vehicles.
  • Bicycles are not allowed on the Maah Daah Hey trail as it passes through Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The Buffalo Gap Trail is an alternative route around the park boundary for cyclists.
  • Camping is prohibited on private and state land.
  • Close any gates that you open.
  • Stock users must use weed seed free hay or feed in order to reduce the risk of exotic/noxious plant introduction.
  • Artifacts and other cultural features are protected by Federal Law. DO NOT COLLECT OR DISTURB.
  • Pack out all trash and other materials. Burying trash is prohibited.
  • Do NOT wash dishes or use detergents in water sources.
  • For proper sanitation make toilets in a shallow hole 200 feet or more from camp, water sources, and trail.
  • For your safety, DO NOT APPROACH OIL AND GAS FACILITIES; poison gases may be present.
  • Users must stay on the trail when crossing private and state land.
    • Specific Hiking and Trail Information for the North Country National Scenic Trail - Dakota Prairie

      Travel Information

      For more information on this hike
      National Forest: Dakota Prairie Grasslands
      240 W. Century Ave.
      Bismarck, ND , 58503