An intermediate trail that follows the crystal clear waters of the Little Missouri River.”
— Ryan McPhail
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Swimming — Views — Waterfall — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Family Friendly: An intermediate trail with great views of the river.
This trail winds along a portion of the Little Missouri River, a designated wild and scenic river. Cascading waterfalls, stately hardwoods, old-growth pine stands, wildlife, and seasonal leaf colors are just a few of the natural delights awaiting hikers. One of the most scenic areas, the Winding Stairs area, offers breathtaking views of the forest, river, and large novaculite rock outcrops.
This trail is fairly level with a few steep inclines. It crosses the Little Missouri River eight times and Crooked, Brier, Long, and Blaylock creeks once. Hikeers should be careful when crossing streams. Rocks in streams can be slick and high water is dangerous after rain storms.
Flora & Fauna
Keep your eyes open for black bears, river otters, and white-tail deer.