Old Oak Trail

This trail was traveled by a
NRT Ambasssaror on 05/27/2018.

Type: Nature Trail
Length: 3.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: At Lake Metigoshi SP, 13 mi. N of Bottineau.
State(s): North Dakota
Counties: Bottineau
Latitude: 48.983482
: -100.339838

The trailhead is located at the warming house facility. Old Oak Interpretive Trail brochures are available in the warming house and at the main office during business hours. Lake Metigoshe State Park
#2 Lake Metigoshe State Park, Bottineau, ND 58318-4648


Certified in 1976 as a National Recreation Trail the Old Oak became North Dakota's first nationally recognized trail and is located at Lake Metigoshe State Park. The 3-mile nature trail winds through the aspen, birch and oak forests of the Turtle Mountains along the Canada-US border. Interpretive markers are place along the trail with a corresponding brochure to identify natural wonders. The trail can be used for hiking, biking, snow shoeing and cross country skiing.

NOTE: an NRT Trail Ambassador walked this trail on 5/28/2018 and reports that the second half of the loop has several trees across the trail.

Additional Details

Width: 60 inches.
Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): 232 feet

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: North Dakota Parks and Rec

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Larry Hagen
Park Manager
North Dakota Parks & Recreation
#2, Lake Metigoshe State Park
Bottineau , ND 58318 -4648
(701) 263-4651



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Great Interpretive Hike!

The trail was well maintained and I had a great experience doing the guided interpretive hike offered by the park staff.

May 9, 2018


The first part of trail was well maintained. Once reached halfway point it wasn't as well maintained. Had to step over a couple downed trees and it was hard to follow trail.

May 28, 2018



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