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greenBlue North Country Trail: Sheyenne National Grassland East Section

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13.5 mile 21.8 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 407' 124 m
Descent: -384' -117 m
High: 1,091' 333 m
Low: 1,022' 311 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (4°)

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This portion of the NCT goes through sandhills and open prairie

Matthew Davis

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly The trail is easy (gentle grades) and interesting.

Unofficially closed to hiking during deer rifle season. Visit gf.nd.gov/hunting for details on the season.

Description

Start at the east trailhead on CR-23, which is located next to the Jorgen's Hollow Campground (tentsides, water pump, and pit toilets). From the trailhead, take the short spur to the Oak Leaf / North Country Trail and follow the signs for the NCT. It loops to the south and crosses the road and then goes predominantly west and south through a mix of oak savanna and open prairie. One highlight is the Iron Springs Creek bridge which is a good spot to sit in the shade and enjoy a picnic.

There are a few places where it is possible to get lost due to cow trails leading off from the main trail. Make sure the trail you're following has the angle-topped wooden posts with the NCT emblem.

When you get to the other trailhead on CR-53, turn around and go back or continue on to the west trailhead (another 14 miles).

Flora & Fauna

Look for prairie wildflowers and you'll enjoy the sights of many birds and animals.

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