Special Places - Trails

Trails provide the primary access to over half the lands of the Northern Region: the over 8 million acres of undeveloped wildlands and 5 million acres of wilderness.

Over 23,000 miles of trails provide a variety of challenges and scenic vistas to hikers, backpackers, horse riders, and cyclists. Most trails are open for recreational use year long; however, in some areas, seasonal restrictions are imposed to protect resources.

Highlighting the trail system are 70 National Recreation Trails, totaling 760 miles, which contain outstanding recreational attributes. An example is the Danny On Interpretive Trail on The Big Mountain of the Flathead National Forest. This 4-mile trail, accessible via the ski area chairlift, introduces the visitor to alpine vegetation as well as grand views.

Parts of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, the North Country National Scenic Trail within the Sheyenne National Grasslands in North Dakota, and the Lewis Clark National Historic Trail and Nez Perce National Historic Trail pass through the Region.

National Trails

Continental Divide National Scenic Trail
Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail
Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
Lemhi Pass National Historic Landmark
Lolo Trail National Historic Landmark
North Country National Scenic Trail

National Recreation Trails

Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge Viewing Trail
Maah Daah Hey Trail
Danny On Trail
Pulaski Tunnel Trail