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Coal Vein Trail

Intermediate
 3.9 (9)

This is a short interpretive trail in Theodore Roosevelt National Park with a brochure available at the trailhead.


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Map Key

0.8

Miles

1.2

KM

Loop

2,506' 764 m

High

2,477' 755 m

Low

45' 14 m

Up

46' 14 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Kids can definitely handle this trail's manageable grades and short length.

Description

An exposed coal vein along this trail caught fire and burned slowly for 26 years, hence the name of the trail. The vein is no longer burning, but the trail remains. Brochures are available at the trailhead, and information in the brochure matches numbered markers along the trail that are used to point out the geology and ecology of the area. This trail does have some steep sections and stairs, but there is a cutoff that skips most of the steeper parts. It is not handicapped-accessible because of stairs shortly after the start. The trail is not particularly spectacular or interesting for serious hikers, but it makes for a nice stop in the park for families and others that want shorter options.

Flora & Fauna

Rocky mountain juniper, prairie grasses, wildflowers, and bison are abundant in the area.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Theodore Roosevelt

Shared By:

Karen Ryberg

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 9 votes

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#9

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#24

in North Dakota

#8,383

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Enjoy great views from the Coal Vein Trail.
Apr 27, 2017 near Medora, ND

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Jul 3, 2020
Caroline Ulczycki
Jun 27, 2020
Robert Bires
Aug 2, 2019
Scott Meier
Aug 2, 2019
Joshua Peterson
0.8mi — 0h 45m
Jul 18, 2019
Caroline T
Apr 13, 2019
Christina Cannon
0.8mi
Oct 20, 2018
Jack M
Oct 1, 2018
Jeanette Mietzner Griffin
Very nice guided walk with interesting history of 26 year underground coal vein fire from 1951-1977. Bentonite properties, description and uses int… — 4h 30m