Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge BackwayThe Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge Backway in Kenmare, ND offers some pretty incredible hikes! I would love to hike in this area while viewing the rolling hills and the Des Lacs Valley. Apparently it has a lot of wildlife too -- birds, deer, and moose are just a few! Near this site, there's also a historical Danish Mill that I'd love to see. I love seeing and learning about historical sites!
Fort Abraham Lincoln State ParkI love the Civil War time period, and this state park offers tours of General George Custer's last home as well as barracks, granary, commissary and a stable. You are able to see how it was in 1875, which is the year the 7th Cavalry rode to the Little Bighorn. There's also a museum and tour of On-A-Slant Indian Village's five reconstructed earthlodges. I would love to tour all of these historical sites at the state park!
Icelandic State ParkFor more nature and hiking, the Icelandic State Park in Cavalier, ND appears to be a wonderful place to check out as well. It is the home to the Pioneer Heritage Center, historical buildings, and the Gunlogson Homestead. You can hike there and there is also a self-guided nature trail near the Pioneer Heritage Center. Camping is also available at the site, so you can take your time and explore the park.
Little Missouri State ParkI saved the best state park for last (at least from what I have read this sounds like an AMAZING place to visit). Located in Killdeer, ND, the Little Missouri State Park is full of the Badlands terrain where you can horseback ride and hike to your heart's content. Wildlife is known to hang out here -- coyotes, foxes, bobcats, and golden eagles are just a few animals you may run into. Well -- hopefully not a bobcat! ;) You can also go horseback riding here, which sounds pretty incredible to me! I love horseback riding while checking out the nature, though I haven't horseback rode for a while so I think I would need a warm up lesson first.
My mom was born in Montana, so I've always loved the rolling hills and open prairie. North Dakota is right near Montana, so naturally my family and I have visited both states. I used to want to live in Montana and marry a cowboy -- anything that involves nature, a beautiful backdrop of mountains and hiking means I am all in! I can't wait to head back to North Dakota in the future to do some hiking and visit these grand historical state parks.
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