If you are a hiker and pup-lover looking for a place to explore, you are in for a treat at the Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge in Pingree, North Dakota! This is where you can find the Arrowhead National Wildlife Refuge Leg of the Historic Fort Totten Trail! It is pup-friendly and pup-tastic!
The trail is a link connecting former military posts in the area and has now been opened for your hiking enjoyment. It is also a refuge for migratory birds which love the natural surroundings. Here you will be hiking through open prairie grasses, fields and along the James River. Pick up this trail at the end of County Road 44 and turn into the Headquarter parking lot. This 9-mile hike, which lies within the refuge’s 15,000 acres of land, offers fun for everyone and every pup.
Any fitness-level dog will love this hike as it provides a natural surface footing and is mostly level throughout. The trail itself is 10 feet wide, which makes for easy passing for hikers, bicyclists and horseback riders. The trailhead is chock full of amenities including restrooms, a firepit and picnic area to share lunch, and boat launch.
You will encounter spectacular views of windswept prairies, Devil’s Lake and the James River. There are out-of-the-way places where you can let pup cool himself along water’s edge. Take many breaks and just listen to the sounds of nature. Fido will appreciate the rest.
Don’t forget to bring plenty of water as the trailhead does not offer drinkable water. Also, sunscreen and shade cloth for your pup is needed in the summer months. Wildlife is plentiful, so Fido will need to remain on leash on this shared trail.
The Arrowhead National Wildlife Refuge Leg of the Historic Fort Totten Trail is waiting for you both!
Migratory birds need a safe place to nest. Please keep your pup under control if you should spot these water fowl.