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Oak Leaf Loop Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.1 (7)

A family-friendly 4-mile loop trail leading through the oak savanna and tallgrass prairie.


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4.1

Miles

6.6

KM

Point to Point

1,070' 326 m

High

1,045' 318 m

Low

66' 20 m

Up

66' 20 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

3%

Max Grade (2°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly This is a gentle loop trail that a range of fitness levels and age groups can appreciate.

Description

The 4-mile Oak Leaf loop trail takes the trail user through a mix of hilly oak savanna and flat, open tallgrass prairie in the Sheyenne National Grassland. Look for wooden posts marking the way along the 3' wide gravel trail tread. The landscape that the trail traverses is known locally as the "sand hills." These dunes were created from blowing sand deposited at the delta of a glacial river where it flowed into glacial Lake Agassiz.

The northern portion of the loop is a part of the North Country National Scenic Trail, which continues on both east and west. There will also be cattle grazing along the trail but they pose little to no risk to most visitors.

Learn more here.

Flora & Fauna

You will find a mix of prairie wildflowers growing in the open prairie including the rare western prairie fringed orchid. There is also poison ivy so be careful if venturing off the gravel trail tread. Wildlife include a mix of grassland birds and a great diversity of insects.

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Shared By:

Matthew Davis

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  4.1 from 7 votes

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  4.1 from 7 votes
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#24

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Photos

Sunlight through the trees on the Oak Leaf Trail
Oct 3, 2021 near Sheldon, ND
Toward a lone tree on the prairie.
Oct 3, 2021 near Sheldon, ND
The colors are beautiful in autumn!
Sep 24, 2017 near Sheldon, ND
The beginning of the trail is an interesting mix of scattered trees and rolling mounds.
Sep 24, 2017 near Sheldon, ND
Approaching the open prairie.
Oct 3, 2021 near Sheldon, ND
Hiking through the oak savanna portion of the trail.
Sep 2, 2016 near Sheldon, ND

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Oct 3, 2021
Jess Trnka
Completed entire Oak Leaf Loop Trail
Sep 28, 2021
Bruce Hope
Easy trail. Good signage. Nice mix of woodland and open prairie. Some Fall colors.
Apr 19, 2020
Missy Harms
Jun 15, 2019
George Richards
Sep 15, 2018
Ricky Holzer
Lots of cows 4mi — 2h 00m
Sep 23, 2017
T D
4.1mi
Jun 24, 2017
Nathan Farris
Didn't actually hike, but camped.
May 8, 2017
K J
4.1mi