Location: The Nature Trail is within the boundaries of Sullys HIll National Game Preserve, 12 miles south of Devils Lake ND on Hwy 57.
State(s): North Dakota
From Devils Lake, ND follow highways 20/57 south 12 miles enter the Preserve on the left side of highway 57. The trail begins at the southwest corner of the visitor center parking lot. Way-finding signs (maps) are posted at each intersection of the trail with segment lengths identified.
The White Horse Hill Nature Trail is a scenic trail which gives the visitor a unique chance to walk through prairie, wetland and forest ecosystems not usually found together in North Dakota. From the trail the visitor has a chance to see mammals, birds, wetlands, woodlands, Devils Lake (the largest natural lake in North Dakota), and native grasslands. While close to Bison and Elk that reside at the Preserve, the trail is in an area separated from the large animals. The trail provides over 2.5 more than miles of viewing opportunity and is often used by members of the local community and the surrounding Spirit Lake Indian Reservation. No hunting is allowed.
In 1904, White Horse Hill National Game Preserve was set aside by President Theodore Roosevelt. At White Horse Hill, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service focuses its efforts on preserving wildlife and their habitats and offering wildlife-oriented recreation. The Service provides conservation education to a variety of public groups. The Preserve is 1,674 acres and is comprised of a big game unit, as well as a separate prairie unit. The wooded, glacial moraine hills and native grasslands of White Horse Hill are a unique setting in North Dakota. In addition to seeing bison, visitors can observe elk, white-tailed deer, and black-tailed prairie dogs while driving the 4-mile auto tour route.
Width: 36 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil, Compacted
Secondary Surface: Grass or Vegetation
Average Grade: 3%
Maximum Grade: 15%
Elevation Low Point: 1,444
Elevation High Point: 1,554
Elevation Gain (cumulative): 486 feet
Year Designated: 2008
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.
Visitor Services Manager
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
PO Box 705
Devils Lake, ND 58301
This was a great trail to hike. Lots of different vegetation that are not normal in North Dakota. After completing the hike make sure to do the auto tour where you will have the opportunity to see bison, elk, prairie dogs and maybe even a bald eagle or two. The trail is well marked and easy to follow.
August 19, 2019
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