The Grand Forks / East Grand Forks Greenway Trail is a public, 20-mile recreational trail located at the Greater Grand Forks Greenway. The 2,200-acre greenway borders two rivers -- one in North Dakota and another in Minnesota -- and features several parks and golf courses. It also winds past an off-leash dog park, campsites, fishing spots, wildlife observation areas, picnic areas, and several sports fields. In addition to the above, there are 14 parking areas, eleven public restrooms, and ten information kiosks that trail-goers can use for help and directions.
The trail is made up of several different paths that intertwine and loop around certain offered amenities. Dogs are welcome on the trails but need to remain leashed during their visit. Though some trails don't reinforce this rule, considering the amount of wildlife that can be encountered on this trail, it is best to follow the guidelines that help keep everyone safe.
The trail is open year-round and is a popular location for joggers, bikers, and dog walkers living in the area. It is made up of asphalt and concrete, providing a smooth surface for bicyclists and rollerbladers. There are plenty of benches along the trail for resting, and shade is ample thanks to the countless trees growing along it. Dogs will enjoy sniffing and exploring the wooded parts of the trail, just be sure to pack a towel as some spots get muddy. Since there are lots of open spaces and picnic spots, trail-goers can rest and snack throughout their hike. Or take their breaks as opportunities to learn by stopping by the informational plaques scattered throughout the greenway that showcase the history, geological background, and significance of the surrounding areas.
Trash cans are strategically spaced out and encourage dog owners to clean up after their four-legged friends which explains why the trail's surface is so well-maintained. Please do your part and clean up after your canine if you visit this great trail.
If you are planning on taking a longer hike, make sure to pack a refillable water bottle to refill along the way and keep your canine companion hydrated.