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North Dakota

Old Oak Trail

photo:  Photo by NDPRD/Flickr.

Length: 3.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Nature Trail
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation

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Location: At Lake Metigoshi SP, 13 mi. N of Bottineau.
State(s): North Dakota
Counties: Bottineau
Longitude: -100.336160
Latitude: 48.986770

Driving Directions

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


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

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: 1,516
Elevation High Point: 2,184
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
[email protected]



 Photo by NDPRD/Flickr.

Photo by NDPRD/Flickr.


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


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



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