Mountain Biking Trail Guide

Fargo Area

Dunton Locks

Length: 2 miles
Trail Type: Wide Mow Path, W/ Partial Single Track Worn In
Technicality: Low
Exertion: Low
Pets: OK
Directions: Head south from Detroit Lakes, MN of Highway 59.  About 2.5 miles down take a left at a sign for Dunton Locks.
These trails follow the paths of winter xc ski trails and thus are wide mowed paths, although single track width paths have been partially warn into the grass.  Multiple laps could provide a workout but probably not worth the drive unless you are from the area.

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Hankinson Hills (Sheyenne National Grasslands)

Length: 8 miles
Trail Type: Singletrack
Technicality: Moderate
Exertion: Moderate, Lots of Short Climbs & Descents
Pets: OK
Directions: Not the easiest to find.  Take I-29 south from Fargo, ND.  Take the Hankinson, ND exit and head West passing through Hankinson on Highway #11.  Just past town take a right on County #166 (just past the welcome to Hankinson sign).  When #166 ends at a tee take a left and again when the road either takes a 90 to the right or crosses a cattle guard, cross the cattle guard.  You are now in the grasslands area.  Follow the main road to the right and you will come around and see the campground passing one trail crossing along the way.
This is a nice flowing single track trail with a very nice almost unused campground.  You may see some horse riders but will probably be on your own.  Worth the drive, check this forgotten area out.

Maplelag

Length: 10 miles and growing (5 miles singletrack)
Trail Type: 50% Singletrack, 50% Doubletrack
Technicality: Moderate, Some Steep Climbs & Tight Fast Descents
Exertion: Moderate
Pets: Not Allowed
Location: Little Sugar Bush Lake, Callaway, MN.  Visit www.maplelag.com for directions and further information.  Click here for a full trail map (Trail Map).
This is great little location and shows what a hard working family can create.  The resort is privately owned and operated with a key focus on recreational use.  There is a very nice resort and event facility and many miles of xc ski and single track mountain bike trail.  The trail is well designed and constantly maintained.  Bike and ski race events are held here annually.  Well worth your time.

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North Country Trail (Sheyenne National Grasslands)

Length: 25 miles
Trail Type: Wide Singletrack (Dirt/Sand/Gravel)
Technicality: Low, Wide and Gently Maneuvering
Exertion: Medium, Good Surfacing But Long Ride
Pets: OK, Don't Harass Cattle
Directions: Head south from Fargo, ND on I-29.  Take exit 48 and head west on ND-46.  Turn left onto #18, then right on #2, then finally left onto #23.  The trail head will be on your right between 2 and 3 miles south down #23.
This is a great trail, offering length for seasoned riders in a gentle high quality trail that the hole family will love.  Views are good, and the locals are great.  Take a day and enjoy.  Can be ridden out and back or as a shuttled through trip.  Bring lots of water for yourselves but we generally found enough water for the dogs in cattle troughs and streams.  I have posted a .pdf of the USDA map that shoes the trail here. (USDA Map)

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