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Lower Talkington Trail

Intermediate
 4.5 (2)

A beautiful stretch of badlands trail with many opportunities for photography.


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Map Key

4.2

Miles

6.8

KM

Point to Point

2,496' 761 m

High

2,367' 721 m

Low

224' 68 m

Up

145' 44 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Kids will enjoy the pleasant views and opportunities for viewing wildlife along this trail.

Description

This trail is generally accessed by other trails in the Park. It does intersect the paved Park road, but there is no specific parking area near the trail. Combined with other trails, this is great for an out-and-back or a large loop through the Park (see the Jones/Lower Talkington/Lower Paddock Loop). It goes through a higher elevation area than some of the other trails it connects to, so it provides excellent views of the badlands.

This is a singletrack dirt trail and is not recommended when wet.

Flora & Fauna

Bison, wild horses, wildflowers.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Theodore Roosevelt

Shared By:

Karen Ryberg

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  4.5 from 2 votes

#7

in South Unit

#7136

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  4.5 from 2 votes
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#19

in North Dakota

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Horses along the way also seem to enjoy the Jones Creek Trail.
Nov 10, 2015 near Medora, ND
The Lower Talkington Trail offers a great spot to get out and explore!
May 25, 2017 near Medora, ND
Unique erosional formations add to the views on the Lower Talkington Trail.
May 25, 2017 near Medora, ND
Bison in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
Apr 8, 2020 near Medora, ND
Not-so-distant herds of bison can be seen from the Lower Talkington Trail.
May 25, 2017 near Medora, ND

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Dec 28, 2015
Josh Gibbel
Beautiful in Winter, spent the night 4.2mi
Sep 28, 2013
Karen Ryberg
Loved this section of Jones/Lower Talkington/Lower Paddock Loop