Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway
The Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway, which has won two national awards from AASHTO and America's Byways for leveraging resources and interpretation, is located in the southeastern corner of the state. The tree-lined, rolling hills of this valley are speckled with quaint towns and farmsteads, lending to its American charm. In addition to nature and scenery at its best, archaeology, history, culture, and recreation are all found along this byway, North Dakota's first nationally recognized scenic byway.
Begins at Getchell Township Hall on Barnes County Highway 21, along Highways 17 and 19, through Valley City, proceeding on Highway 21 to Ransom County Highway 13 to Lisbon.
Points of Interest
- Rosebud Visitor Center-Located in Valley City, this visitor center is also home to the Rosebud, an 1881 Northern Pacific Superintendent's Car. Displays on the railroad and area history, including the ND Agricultural Hall of Fame, are found within, along with information on the many attractions found along the byway.
- Baldhill Dam-The dam, named for the surrounding hills, was completed in 1951. Lake Ashtabula, which is a Native American word for "fish river", stretches for 27 miles and offers excellent fishing and recreational opportunities. Enjoy the camping areas, resorts, watercraft rental and convenient fish cleaning stations located along the lake.
- Standing Rock State Historic Site-This marked site, called Inyan Bosendata by Sioux Indians who consider it sacred, is home to a rock, four feet tall and shaped like an inverted cone, which stands on a complex of prehistoric burial mounds dating from the Woodland Period (A.D. 0-1400).
- Fort Ransom State Historic Site-This interpretive site marks the location of a 200-man military post built in 1867. Although building locations and the dry moat, once eight feet deep, are still clearly discernible, nothing else remains of the original fort or its twelve-feet-high sod and log stockade.
- Fort Ransom State Park-This park, which takes its name from an 1860s military fort, offers abundant recreational opportunities and a segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail. A farmstead within the park is the setting for the annual Sodbuster Days celebration, with demonstrations and exhibits of homesteading life.