You would never guess that you would be able to see prairies, wetlands, and dense forests in the same place, let alone in North Dakota, but the Sullys Hill Nature Trail lets you do just that and much more. The trail is a uniquely scenic trail that is family and dog-friendly, with easy inclines, a compacted soil, crushed stone, and wood chipped terrain, and is 3 feet wide.
The nature trail begins at the Sullys Hill National Game Preserve Visitor Center, in the Sullys Hill National Game Preserve. With free parking, restrooms, potable water, and benches, the rest area is perfect for stopping before heading out on your hike. Starting out on the hike, you'll be met with pretty forests and open fields, backed by the blue water of North Dakota's largest natural body of water, Devil's Lake.
The preserve is open year round, although hunting in the preserve is only open seasonally. The area has been open since 1904 as a state park but was then transferred during the great depression into a game preserve. Pups and hikers alike can still enjoy the 1,674-acre natural area though. On your hike after viewing the gorgeous scenery and summer wildflowers that bloom here, you and Fido can also see some cool wildlife like Elk, Bison, white-tailed deer, birds, and black-tailed prairie dogs.
The trail loops around the park, and the northern part of the trail offers easy access to the lake for fishing, swimming, and boating. Along the trail, snowshoeing is also allowed in the winter season. Hunters also use the trail during hunting season to get around the preserve. The trail finishes its loop around the area, meeting back at the visitor center.
Whether you're visiting in the winter for an excursion or the summer for an easy hike, your pup will be begging for you to take them back.