5. Lostwood Refuge Prairie Trail, Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge, North Dakota (7.5 miles)Learn More
An overlooked gem in the North Dakota backcountry, the Lostwood contains 42-square-miles of stunning mixed-grass prairie and wetlands that are a bird-watcher’s paradise. This loop follows a gravel road along the southern border of the refuge, rolling through a landscape of gentle hills and plains, and with one of the refuge’s 40 “leks” — breeding grounds for Sharp-Tailed Grouse. The rugged grasslands are the essential habitat for this grouse and over 200 other bird species, including Sprague’s pipits, Baird’s sparrows, American avocets, willets, and marbled godwits.
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