Scout's Trail

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Trail Distance: 4.6 miles
Time Estimate: 1 hr 40 min
Elevation Gain: 140 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description

If you love to hike and love history, you will find a perfect place to visit with your pawtastic pup in the state of North Dakota. Scout’s Trail is located in the town of Mandan and is a great outing for you both any time of the year.

This trail begins in the Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. This park is dedicated to preserving the historic significance of the area. Calvary and infantry posts were set up here as well as it serving as a camp in 1804 for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It is now open to people and their pups!

Get Fido ready for a 4.6-mile hike which meanders through the area near the Missouri and Heart Rivers. You will love its natural surface footings and wide path. It is perfect for most pup-abilities, although it does have an average 4% grade. Taking frequent breaks for those new pup-hikers will work just fine!

Along the way there are many interpretive signs posted so you can enjoy a bit of educational history while you walk. You will also be delighted to see living history displays throughout your journey.  If you would like to lengthen your hike, this trail connects to a longer system of trails which run to the city of Bismarck, a 37-mile trek.

The trailhead in the park offers plenty of amenities, including shade pavilions and picnic areas, restrooms and drinking fountains. You can also add an overnight stay to your hike at the fur-iendly campsites located here. Please keep your pawtastic pup on leash throughout your adventure and remember to clean up after them to keep this trail pup-friendly.

Scout’s Trail is a great hiking location for you and your pup to share some quality time together in the great state of North Dakota!

Trail Features
Steep Inclines, Easy Incline, River
Scenic
Cautions & Considerations

Snakes can by found in thee prairie grasses here, as well as other wildlife. Please keep watch for you and your pup’s safety.

Address
4480 Fort Lincoln Rd
Mandan, ND 58554
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Address
4480 Fort Lincoln Rd
Mandan, ND 58554
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
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