North Dakota

Scout's Trail


Length: 4.60 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: State
Entry Fee? $7.00
     Annual pass is $35

Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Fort Abraham Lincoln, At Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park southwest of Bismarck.
State(s): North Dakota
Counties: Morton
Longitude: -100.846107
Latitude: 46.765728

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The Scout's trail is located within Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. The park is home to the Fort Abraham Lincoln Calvary and Infantry posts, as well as the Custer House. Interpretive opportunities abound for Native American culture, military history, the geology of the Missouri and Heart rivers, native prairie, wildlife, and transportation on the Missouri.

The Lewis and Clark Expedition camped in this area on October 20, 1804 and their journal referenced the abandoned Mandan "On-a-Slant Village", which is located within the park. This trail will connect to the 37 mile paved trail system of Bismarck and Mandan. Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park offers modem campgrounds, camping cabins, comfort stations, and food and horse concessions. Interpretation is one of the main components of the visitors' experience at the park, with a series of interpretive signs, guided tours, living history displays and special events. At least three parking lots are directly adjacent to the trail for users to access.

NRT Ambassador Notes:

The main trails are good but the connecting trails could use signage & better maintenance. None of the trail is marked as a national recreation trail. It is not mentioned in any of the information provided or along the routes.

Additional Details

Width: 18 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil, compacted

Average Grade: 8%
Maximum Grade: 12%
Elevation Low Point: 1,760
Elevation High Point: 1,900
Elevation Gain (cumulative): 458 feet

Year Designated:

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:
Dan Schelske
North Dakota Parks & Rec Dept
4480 Fort Lincoln Road
Mandan, ND 58503 -649
(701) 667-6340
[email protected]

Information Contact:
Marc Brown
North Dakota Parks & Rec Dept

(701) 328-5354
[email protected]




Over of a couple trails. Photo by Wendy Schmeichel.

Over of a couple trails. Photo by Wendy Schmeichel.

Trail by Block houses. Photo by Wendy Schmeichel.

Trail by Block houses. Photo by Wendy Schmeichel.


Scout's Trail

This is a very scenic group of trails. No matter which section you take, you will have a great hike. Some of the smaller connecting trails are a little hard to find.

July 28, 2018



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