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Trailhead at Sully Creek

Sully Creek

Located in the heart of the Badlands, Sully Creek State Park is just minutes away from historic Medora and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Sully Creek State Park is a seasonal, primitive park that has a small campground which is open from April 1 to November 30. The park’s location attracts horseback riders, mountain bikers, hikers and those wanting to paddle the 274 mile long Little Missouri River in the spring of the year when the water level is at its peak. There are horse corrals available for those bringing their own horses.

Sully Creek State Park is located at mile marker 0 of the 120 mile Maah Daah Hey trail and 50+ mile long Maah Daah Hey II trail which traverses the Little Missouri National Grasslands. The Maah Daah Hey provides access for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Users of the trail share the same space as horseback riders, hikers and mountain bikers.

The trail name, “Maah Daah Hey”, comes from the Mandan Indians and means “an area that has been or will be around for a long time.” The trail utilizes a turtle as the trail marker as it was honored because of its firm determination, steadfastness, patience, long life and fortitude.

This area of North Dakota provide prime habitat for a variety of mammals and birds. Mule deer and coyotes are often sighted, with an occasional golden eagle or prairie falcon. Bighorn sheep and elk have been reintroduced and can be spotted from time to time.

Sully Creek State Park is located two and a quarter miles south of the historic town of Medora, ND on paved road, then a quarter mile west on gravel.