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Address: Medora, ND
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Take this self-guiding hiking trail through the North Dakota wilderness; at...

Take this self-guiding hiking trail through the North Dakota wilderness; at just under five miles in length, it won't wear you out.

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Ya hafta do this trail counter clockwise!

This is a great trail! Takes you through a wide variety of landscapes. It's about a 4.4 mile loop with a tolerable 600 foot elevation gain. But you have to do this trail... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2016
Rheinhold F
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Oak Park, Illinois
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Oak Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

This is a great trail! Takes you through a wide variety of landscapes. It's about a 4.4 mile loop with a tolerable 600 foot elevation gain. But you have to do this trail counter clockwise because if you go clockwise, the first half mile will kill you and you'll give up! There are some places when signage is difficult to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

Any nature trail that comes with a written guide and numbered posts is usually pretty lame and boring in my opinion/experience, but I am happy to say this trail was the exception to the rule. Almost every time my Mom and I asked a question about something along the trail, sure enough it was answered by the trail guide. That... More 

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Hickory, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Very nice hike. About 2 hours to do the whole loop. Half of it goes thru forest when you are climbing up so you get some shade. I did have a couple of ticks crawling up my leg so use the bug spray. The elevation climb is subtle so I was surprised how far we climbed when we overlooked trail... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Easy hike Nature trail is well marked No bathroom facilities Recommend you take the brochure that will describe what you're seeing and define coulee

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I did this hike and it took about 2 hours. It gives you a feel for the landscape and terrain. There are several areas where there were changes in elevation, but I thought the hike was fair.

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Bolingbrook, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

If you are to only do one hike in the entire park, I would do this one. Less than, 5 miles, good work out and excellent views of the badlands and Little Missouri river. The hike starts with a short interpretive trial, so pick up the brochure explaining the stops before you head off. Saw a number of bison on... More 

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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This hike goes through all the topography of TRNP Northern unit. Woods, the Coulee, grasslands and mountains. It's @4.3 miles long and worth every step!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The entire four mile hike is amazingly diverse. We started through the nature trail which wanders through a coulee, overgrown but easy to follow. You then hike up a shady north slope of one of the ridges, where you come out on a ridge line with great views of the badlands. Then back across the grasslands to the Oxbow Overlook... More 

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Portsmouth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Son and I have hiked many of the trails in TRNP and this is a good one. Gets you right into the badlands and short-grass prairie. You might even come up on a bison.

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Healy, AK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

The hike takes about two hours, in a huge loop from the parking area. Tip: if you want to focus on the river views, cross the road from the parking area and hike the south side of the road to the Oxbow Overlook, and then back. The entire loop starting from the north side takes about the same time, but... More 

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