Get Out & Play: Trails 30 Miles from Minot

March 27, 2020

Get Out & Play, Recreation

Old man Winter has melted away the snow and spring is officially sprung! The urge to be outside in the nicer weather may seem like a challenge as we hear about social distancing but we have some ideas to keep you safe and active. A bit of fresh air can do wonders for your body and mind. Minot is home to many trails and walking paths to get get your body moving and the surrounding area offers even more opportunities to stretch your legs.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you hit the trails!

Via Minot Parks Facebook Page

Trails in Minot

Bison Plant Trail ~ 3.1 miles Located just 10 minutes south of Minot, the trail passes by the Souris River. It may be muddy, so plan accordingly.

Roosevelt Park ~ 1.4 miles Minot’s largest park is located next to the Roosevelt Park Zoo. The park was named after Theodore Roosevelt, and the memorial statue in the middle of the park.

Oak Park ~ 1.4 miles One of Minot’s most popular parks, Oak Park features groomed trails that run the course of the park.

Woodland Trail ~ 1.4 miles
This trail off the 83 bypass is pet-friendly and a fun shaded walk for the whole family. Nice wide trails allow for safe and easy walking even with the little ones in your group.

Optimist Soccer Complex ~ .75 miles Located on north hill, this trail features a shorter loop within the city. Bring a soccer ball with and work on your fancy footwork.

All parks and trails are pet friendly with the exception of Oak Park. Dogs on a leash will be allowed in Oak Park from 6:00 am to 9:00 am and from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Be sure to remember to clean up after your furry friends.

While the parks and trails in the city will remain open, the facilities and programs run by the Minot Park District will be closed. For more information on Minot’s parks and trails, please visit https://minotparks.com/

Trails outside of Minot

Black Butte Adventures ~ 5+ miles Less than 20 miles away, Black Butte Adventures is an outdoor getaway with more than 500 acres of native prairie shortgrass. Trails can get muddy so wear good footwear. Watch for wildlife.

Black Butte Adventures Trail

Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge ~ multiple trails
Canada Goose Nature Trail ~ 7.5 miles of scenic trails
A perfect trail for a longer walk. This location features the opportunity to view a ton of wildlife observation and waterfowls.
Munch’s Coulee Nature Trail ~ 1.25 miles
The first quarter-mile is wheelchair accessible, and the remaining mile offers a more challenging course resulting in breathtaking views of the lower lake in Des Lacs.

Photo by Steve Silseth

Make Your Walk Interactive!

  • Go on a scavenger hunt
  • Collect pine cones to make homemade birdfeeders
  • Draw a bird you spot and learn about them
  • Puddle jump (bring dry socks!)
  • Geocache
  • Do an alphabet hike
  • Birdwatch – See any bald eagles?

In the Minot area, you can find thousands of acres of wetlands, prairie, and woodlands where you can spot over 300 different species of birds. Remember, while you are out enjoying the birds and nature to be respectful of the animals and their environment. Bring binoculars! If you want to learn more about birding or meet other birders, here are a few resources:

Souris Valley Birding Club Minot – (701) 852-1981 North Dakota Birding Telephone Hotline – (701) 355-8554 North Dakota Birding Society

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