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Petrified Forest Loop

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND
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A Unique Out of the Way Hike

There are not many opportunities to see large deposits of petrified wood so this hike is worth it... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Andy3838
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Freeport, Pennsylvania
Great, but definitely can get a little monotonous

I did this hike right at sunrise, and it was beautiful. I feel like most of the elevation gain is... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2018
JoeySmithRocks
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Boston, Massachusetts
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16-mile scenic drive in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are not many opportunities to see large deposits of petrified wood so this hike is worth it if you are interested in seeing some. As others have said, just getting to the trail is an adventure on dirt roads, especially if they are wet....More

Thank Andy3838
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Reviewed 14 July 2018

I did this hike right at sunrise, and it was beautiful. I feel like most of the elevation gain is right at the beginning, and it levels out a bit quickly. It's really cool, but it can get a little monotonous with the exception of...More

Thank JoeySmithRocks
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Reviewed 1 May 2018

I hiked the entire Petrified Forest Loop, which comes to approximately 10 miles and includes a section of the Maah Daah Hey trail. The actual petrified forest areas are other worldly and a must see. I encountered Pronghorns and Bison while hiking the Maah Daah...More

6  Thank NDSURN
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Reviewed 17 August 2017

You have to leave the park to get there, and it's a bit confusing, but it is well worth the drive to get there. Petrified wood is cool and all that, but this is probably one of the most scenic parts of the park and...More

7  Thank kedalion1
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Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Definitely recommend doing this early in the morning before the heat of the day. Take water and dress for hiking. Walk is strenuous in parts but mostly flat.

4  Thank Joanne E
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Reviewed 6 July 2017

This was a great hike despite a scorching hot day. The only issue is that there is one place early in the hike where the trail is not clear. Go left a bit and you will see the wooden pole up on the hill. Once...More

4  Thank Hschonzeit
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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

This is a great drive through with walking trails national park. If you have limited mobility, there are plenty of petrified pieces to see from the car. If you don't mind an easy walk you can get right up to the pieces. It is amazing!

1  Thank sloanjr
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Reviewed 25 October 2016

I hiked out to the north Petrified Forest with my 1.5 year old son in a backpack carrier. On the hike in, we saw a bison and a feral horse. We stopped at the Petrified Forest for 45 minutes or so. There was a nice...More

3  Thank Ryan B
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Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Traveling back east and we were pleasantly surprised that the park was right off the interstate. We took a detour and added a visit to the park where we were not disappointed. Great views including beautiful fall colors and lots of wildlife sightings. Did the...More

2  Thank Mike C
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Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Did a quick hike to the north petrified forest (about 4 miles round trip). The drive to the trail head was 6 miles on a dirt round and through cattle pastures, had to maneuver around cows on the road at times. There was plenty of...More

2  Thank KCG21
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