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Biking Trails

Don’t worry, cyclists — Bismarck-Mandan has more than 100 miles of bike trails! The trails weave across Bismarck and Mandan and cover some of the most scenic areas of both cities. They include paved and dirt trails, and even mountain bike trails for those looking to test their skills.  
Take your family for a ride along either side of the Missouri River, bike a wooded nature trail, or cruise along a paved trail next to a beautiful golf course. Check back often as we update this page with new information on trails for your next great ride.  

Trail Maps

Below is an interactive map of the Missouri Valley Millennium Legacy Trail and Bismarck Riverfront Destinations, as well as the Bismarck Park and Trail Map. Additionally is the map and details of Mandan's Paved Recreational Trails.

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Peace Park Bike Station
Peace Park Bike Station (photo courtesy BPRD)

Eager to explore but didn't bring your own bike? No problem, Bismarck Parks and Recreation is here to help! BisParks BCycle is Bismarck’s bike share program, starting in 2022. It offers residents and visitors the opportunity to rent a bike to explore the community with stations located at Sertoma Park, Pioneer Park, BSC Aquatic & Wellness Center and Peace Park.

BisParks BCycle classic pedal bikes feature an easy-to-use adjustable seat post. A front basket provides a space to stow your belongings while riding. Automatic lights help keep you safe at all times of day. Three speeds are perfect for riding in the community.

Give it a whirl today!

A few specific areas with amazing trails that you may want to look into are:

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

4480 Fort Lincoln Road, Mandan, ND 58554

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park's non-motorized trail system covers approximately 6.75 miles in a series of loops and several connecting segment trails that are open for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Most of the trail system surface is either grass, dirt or hard-packed single-track, with manageable grades with only a few steeper sections. See their trails map below.

Download the trail map.

Harmon Lake

Highway 1806 & County Road 140, Mandan, ND 58554

Harmon Lake is a 145-acre reservoir located on Otter Creek. The multiuse trail features 13.1 miles of terrain for biking, hiking or birding. The trail is designed as a sustainable single track, unpaved trail allowing walkers, hikers, birders or bikers reach several areas throughout the recreation area.

The reservoir measures 38 feet at its deepest point. Rock fishing piers and a boat ramp and dock provide access opportunities for those to enjoy the lake. Two sandy beaches are located along the shore of the lake. Harmon Lake is a no wake waterbody, meaning boats must travel at a slow idle speed. Personal watercrafts are not allowed on the lake. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout and cutthroat trout fingerlings. Camping is available. There are 33 individual spots and two 5 camper group pads, all with electricity. Individual sites are available on a first come first served basis, unless you rent a shelter.

McDowell Dam Recreation Area

1951 93rd Street NE, Bismarck, ND 58501

McDowell Dam Recreation Area is a 271-acre park located five miles east of Bismarck on Old Highway 10 and one mile north. There is a 2.9 mile paved recreational trail on the grounds and a wooded area for nature walks or runs. There is also a Nature Trail encircling the banks of McDowell Dam.

A public beach provides great access to the water, and you can fish off a dock. These items are available for rent: paddle boats, paddle boards, a row boat, canoes, kayaks and a tandem kayak. Picnic shelters are available (and can be reserved for special occasions), as well as horseshoe pits, a small concessions area, a playground and modern restrooms. There is a paved recreational trail on the grounds and a wooded area for nature walks or runs.

Morton County

West side of the Missouri River

They have some beautiful trails to explore but they are looking to add to the list. Tell them where you'd like more trails or other outdoor recreation by marking them on this interactive map.

Bike repairs, equipment or questions

If you find yourself out at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park and in need of a little bike repair, check out their newest addition. They are excited to show off their new bike repair station, a collaborative effort with partner, Scheels. They have a lot of mountain bikers and riders who venture out to the park so now you can make the adjustments you need to your ride. Located near the park Visitor Center.

If you are in need of additional bike repair, equipment or have questions on other great area trails, visit with these members:

701 Cycle & Sport
411 Fraine Barracks Road, Bismarck, ND 58504

800 Kirkwood Mall, Bismarck, ND 58504

Bicycle Friendly Community

We are proud to be a Bicycle Friendly Community. In 2016 we were awarded this designation through the League of American Bicyclists. We have the Bronze status, making the area one of 450 recognized Bicycle Friendly Communities nationwide.  View more information on this, as well as our Share the Road Resources.
Kid on a Bike Trail
Anima Cucina
Art Alley


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More Information

For more information on additional recreation activities — indoors and outdoors, all year 'round — contact:

Bismarck Parks & Recreation District
400 East Front Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58504
Mandan Parks & Recreation District
2600 46th Avenue SE, Mandan, ND 58554

701 Logo
701 Cycle & Sport
411 Fraine Barracks Road
Custer House in Fort Lincoln
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
4480 Fort Lincoln Road
Mandan Parks & Recreation image
Mandan Parks & Recreation
2600 46th Avenue SE
Image of the Water
McDowell Dam and Nature Park
1951 93rd Street NE
Outside of Scheels
Scheels Sports
802 Kirkwood Mall
Harmon Lake from above
Harmon Lake
Highway 1806 & County Road 140