North Dakota

Washburn Discovery Trail

photo:  Photo by Wendy Schmeichel.

Length: 2.20 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Nature Trail
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Boating, Motorized
Dogs - On leash

     Disc Golf

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Location: Washburn, North Dakota, In Washburn, connects Lewis & Clark Visitor Center to Riverside Park.

State(s): North Dakota
Counties: McLean
Longitude: -101.03912
Latitude: 47.29321

Driving Directions

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The Washburn Discovery Trail begins in Harmony Park at the North Dakota Lewis & dark Interpretive Center, a certified Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail site. The concrete trail proceeds to Washburn's Riverside Park, taking in vistas of the Missouri River along the way. Throughout the route, historic sites, from the location of North Dakota's first coal-fired power plant; to the bridge spanning the Missouri River; to the last operating ferry boat on the River in North Dakota; to historic Washburn Landing; to the Soo Line Railroad are marked with interpretive signs, benches and other walking/hiking amenities. The trail utilizes innovative and environmentally-friendly fly-ash based concrete. A variety of partnerships, including the City of Washburn, Lewis & dark Fort Mandan Foundation and Washburn Area Convention & Visitors Bureau are making this new trail (opened in 2005) a popular feature for locals and tourists alike.

Additional Details

Width: 96 inches.
Primary Surface: Concrete
Secondary Surface: Concrete

Average Grade: 2%
Maximum Grade: 8%
Elevation Low Point: 1,682
Elevation High Point: 1,863
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: American Trails Featured NRT

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
David Borlaug
Washburn Area CVB
PO Box 607
Washburn, ND 58577
(701) 462-8530
[email protected]



 Photo by Wendy Schmeichel.

Photo by Wendy Schmeichel.


Trail is very nice. Has lots of scenic views and places to stop and sit. Goes through a nice park right next to the river.

August 19, 2018



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