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Hike across western Minnesota's tallgrass prairie region, through rolling forested hills, and by numerous lakes.


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85.4

Miles

137.5

KM

Point to Point

1,520' 463 m

High

923' 281 m

Low

1,992' 607 m

Up

1,532' 467 m

Down

1%

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9%

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Off-road segments of the NCT are closed during deer rifle hunting season. Learn more at dnr.state.mn.us/hunting.

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This section of the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT) crosses the Red River Valley, loops around through Fergus Falls, and then heads north through the scenic Leaf Hills. Two biomes come together here with the Tallgrass Prairie (mostly converted to agriculture) and the Hardwood Hills mixing. North of Fergus Falls, the NCT follows the glacial moraine - an area of rolling gravel hills interspersed with hundreds of lakes.

Off-road segments include:

* At the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, within Delagoon Park, along the Central Lakes Trail, within One Mile Prairie, and along the Otter Tail River within Fergus Falls
* Within Maplewood State Park

All the rest of this section is roadwalk. Learn more at facebook.com/groups/mwp.nct/.

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Matthew Davis

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Looking to the north out over the rolling prairie and the pothole wetland.
Sep 1, 2016 near Fergus…, MN
The mowed trails are well maintained and there are abundant views.
Sep 1, 2016 near Fergus…, MN
Grass Lake from the North Country Trail on a late fall day.
Nov 14, 2022 near Pelican…, MN
Going south through open country on the NCT.
Nov 19, 2022 near Pelican…, MN
The hike-in trail shelter at Inersection M
Nov 19, 2022 near Pelican…, MN
Looking south toward the high point vista.
Sep 1, 2016 near Fergus…, MN

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Just the section that runs through Maplewood State Park
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