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Scenic driving and hiking, boating, fishing, hunting, swimming, golfing, birding, cycling or JUST HANGING OUT is easy to do in the Sheyenne River Valley.
Sheyenne River Valley
Hit the road... and bring a camera
The Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway stretches 63 miles along the breathtaking Sheyenne River Valley, from Baldhill Dam to Lisbon, following ancient Native American foot paths and pioneer wagon trails.
Along the way you will find Little Yellowstone Park, two log cabins, 27 award winning interpretive panels, many unique bird species and 6 dams. We will provide step on guides for bus tours– check at the Rosebud Visitor Center.
Midwest Living magazine suggests this roadway as a "Fall Color Drive" and the route was also listed in National Geographic's Guide to Scenic Highways and Byways.
Additional Third Party Resources of Information:
North Country National Scenic Hiking Trail
The North Country National Scenic Hiking Trail is 4600 miles long from Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota across seven states to Crown Point, New York. It parallels the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway with some interesting jogs through Medicine Wheel Park and City Park in Valley City. Lake Ashtabula, 10 miles north of Valley City and Fort Ransom State Park in the southern valley have groomed trails ideal for all seasons.
For more information about the trail click here to visit the North County Trail Association website.
Located 12 miles north of Valley City, Lake Ashtabula is a recreational secret full of great fishing, excellent boating and skiing, and is developing into a cabin resort area as well. This 27 mile fun filled waterway is maintained by the Corps of Engineers and hosts many camping and recreational spots. Click here to make a reservation.
Winding through Valley City is the meandering Sheyenne River. Take the Historic Bridge Tour. Walk or drive and find out why Expedia Viewfinder named us the "Most Beautiful City in North Dakota."
Birding in the Sheyenne River Valley
347 species of birds travel through North Dakota.
Want to see a hundred bird species in one day? It's possible in the Sheyenne River Valley. Birders in the Fort Ransom State Park have reported seeing over 140 species in the park. 15 of these species are on the National Heritage Program’s state rare species list.
The Sheyenne River Valley includes national grasslands with native prairie remnants of mixed and tall grass prairies and oak savannah river riparian areas. Target species in this area include: Prairie sparrows (10 species), abundant ducks and waterfowl, wrens, mockingbirds and thrashers, phoebes and flycatchers, prairie chickens, sharp-tailed grouse, gray partridge, and more.
This prairie pothole region features long days and short nights in the summer, making it possible to get the most out of a day. Prairie sparrows sing into the early afternoon. The trick is knowing where to find the birds. Experience the backroads of the valley and maneuver around the area to get the most out of your birding experience.
The Sheyenne River Valley is a great location for touring motorcycles. Easily accessible from I-94, take Valley City exit 292 (also the exit for the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway) and go north or south along the byway. Valley City hotels and restaurants are eager to host and satisfy motorists. There are campgrounds in both directions– north at Lake Ashtabula and south at the County Parks and Fort Ransom State park.
Midwest Living magazine suggests the byway as a "Fall Color Driver". The route was also listed in National Geographics’s Guide to Scenic Highways and Byways.