DescriptionStretching along the Sheyenne River south of Fargo, Sheyenne National Grassland comprises 70,180 acres. A variety of landscapes—from prairie and sand hills (stabilized sand dunes) to forest—provide habitats for some of North Dakota's rarest plant and animal species, among them greater prairie chickens, two rare butterfly species and the endangered prairie-fringed orchid.
Recreational activities include cross-country skiing, hunting, hiking, horseback riding and camping. A 34-mile segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail, which begins in New York state and ends at Lake Sakakawea State Park, traverses the grassland. This 4,500-mile foot trail crosses seven northern states and is part of a trail system that includes the Appalachian and Pacific Crest trails. Depending on the season, hikers can observe flocks of geese, ducks and sandhill cranes.
For additional trail information contact the Superintendent, Sheyenne National Grassland, P.O. Box 946, Lisbon, ND 58054; phone (701) 683-4342.