Several North Dakota trail projects get grants for improvements

Several projects to improve trails throughout North Dakota have received grants from the State Department of Parks and Recreation’s Recreational Trails Program.

The program received 15 applications requesting nearly $2.4 million in grants. The program allocated approximately $1 million through the Federal Highway Administration for six projects, applications that involved:

  • $20,800 for the Maah Daah Hey Trail Association’s Coal Creek Loop Trail to extend part of the trail with weather-resistant gravel surfacing. The trailhead is 12 miles south of Medora.
  • $50,400 for the Maah Daah Hey Trail Association’s White Butte Trail Restoration and Paving to restore the tread and surface of 0.9 miles of trail to the highest point in North Dakota.
  • $52,000 for the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Icelandic State Park Heritage Connection Trail, to create a half-mile trail link with the Gunlogson Nature Reserve.
  • $210,366 for Phase II of the Minot Park District Outdoor Recreation Area, to connect the city’s trail system to nearby Burlington for a variety of recreation.
  • $246,400 for the Williams County Park Board’s Lake Loop Trail at Blacktail Dam, to build a new 3.4-mile segment of trail around the lake at Blacktail Dam near Williston.
  • $250,000 for the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Comprehensive State Trail Assessment to assess all major public trails in North Dakota for inventory to share with mapping applications nationwide.

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Additionally, funding permitting, the Williston Parks and Recreation District will receive the requested $22,080 for another Little Muddy Trail improvement and beautification project.

The next round of applications for the program is tentatively scheduled for April 3, 2023. More information at or call Langehaug at 701-328-5357.

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