Turtle Mountain Scenic Byway
This byway begins its upward ascent winding through the calm, serene beauty of the Turtle Mountains passing farmsteads, pasture land, recreational areas, beautiful clear blue lakes, tree covered wildlife areas and then descending into the foothills with a spectacular view of the prairie. Rich in history, this area provided trading and trapping for the early settlers. The visitor can enjoy beautiful lakes, lush foliage, wildflowers and an abundance of wildlife.
Begins 3 miles north of Rolla to St. John and proceeds west on County Highway 43 to State Highway 281. Continues west on State Highway 43 until it terminates on State Highway 14.
Points of Interest
- Coghlan Castle- The only place in North Dakota that showcases this unique building style. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.
- International Peace Garden-The International Peace Garden is a 2,339-acre botanical garden commemorating peace between the United States and Canada along the world's longest unfortified border. It blooms with more than 150,000 varieties of flowers and showcases the Peace Chapel.
- Martineau House Information Center-This historic home offers information about the scenic byway and other area attractions, as well as displays on the area's early days.
- Lake Metigoshe State Park-This park was constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930s and is one of the most popular year-round vacation spots in North Dakota. The park has both modern and primitive camping, as well as picnicking areas. There are group dormitories, kitchen and meeting facilities and year-round cabins available for rent.
- Wakopa Wildlife Management Area-The 6,800 acre Wakopa Wildlife Management Area (WMA) offers a variety of experiences to visitors. From lakes and wetlands to forest to prairie this WMA is an ideal area for nature study, photography, hunting, fishing, hiking, canoeing and primitive camping.
- Mystical Horizons-This modern day Stonehenge was designed by local engineer Jack Olson and enables visitors to view the summer and winter solstices and equinox. The site offers a panoramic view of this four seasoned landscape.