Have you got a history-loving hound at the end of that leash? Then you'd be barking mad to miss the Fort Mandan Nature and History Trail in Washburn! This tremendous trail is located a short distance from the replica of Fort Mandan, which was the wintering post in 1804 and 1805 for explorers Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark during their famous expedition. President Thomas Jefferson spearheaded this expedition which saw US Army Volunteers led by Lewis and Clark crossing the western portion of the United States from May 1804 to September 1806. Fort Mandan is just one of many important posts set up along the way, but it was here that Sacagawea first joined the expedition.
There are multiple interpretive markers dotted along the trail that provide an intriguing account of life here in 1804, so don't forget to "paws" at each one and have a read. It's safe to say that this historical hike is going to bring you on an unforgettable journey through time!
Not only is the Fort Mandan Nature and History Trail an educational excursion, but it's also a picture-pawfect one, too. This short stroll meanders alongside the magnificent Missouri River and leads you through a ravishing riparian forest of cottonwood trees that is a sanctuary for local wildlife and those looking to lose themselves in the beauty of nature. The best part of this furrific frolic spot? There is a bronze statue of Seamen, Lewis' dog that accompanied them on their exciting expedition. Make sure you get a picture of your barking bestie beside this famous furry friend!
The Fort Mandan replica is such a fun place to explore with your pooch, and you can even bring them into the visitors' center for a leashed lap of this insightful spot! There are restrooms at the visitors center and picnic benches, too, so pack a lunch and poop bags for your pooch and you've got an awesome afternoon ahead!