The Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area has become a top destination for adventure seekers throughout North Dakota and the surrounding states. The Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area encompasses over 2,800 acres of public land in the Pembina River Gorge. With steep valley cliffs towering over small, isolated prairies and pocketed wetlands surrounded by the largest continuous, undisturbed forest in North Dakota, its stunning beauty is simply unmatched. With over 30 miles of trails, the Pembina Gorge provides visitors with an exceptional outdoor experience. The trails at the Pembina Gorge are open to horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and off-highway vehicles (OHV).
Trail Closure Information:
In order to maintain a safe & sustainable trail system, we close the trails following a significant rain event to allow the water time to shed off the trail. By doing this, rutting is minimized on the tread and it takes less time for the trails to re-open. The goal is to avoid damage to the tread & long-term closures. We monitor the trails very closely and will open the trails again as soon as possible. Call us or check our Facebook page for updates.
The Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area is home to some great mountain biking opportunities including the new Pembina Gorge Terrain Course located at Frost Fire. This new trail system incorporates phase one of a two-phase project.
Terrain Course Map
Terrain Course Waiver
Terrain Course Rules
Riders are also able to ride over 20 miles of trails located in the gorge. Please note that all of the trails except Lady Slipper are also open OHVs, horses, and hikers. Lady Slipper Trail is non-motorized trail open to bikers, hikers, and horseback riders only.
Kayak the Pembina River and enjoy the amazing views of the Pembina Gorge.
The Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area offers kayak rentals for $8 per hour or $50 per day. Life jackets and paddles are provided with your rental. The recreation area also offers to transport kayakers.
The transportation fee is $25 to be transported from the Brick Mine Bridge or $30 to be transported from Walhalla.
With the extensive trail system, the Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area is a one of a kind riding experience for Equestrians. Please note that all of the trails except Lady Slipper are also open OHVs, bikers, and hikers. Lady Slipper Trail is non-motorized trail open to bikers, hikers, and horseback riders only.
What you need to know
Equestrian riders need to purchase a horse pass. Daily and annual options are available and are required per horse. Permits are available for purchase in the office or online here. The money generated from these fees goes towards maintaining horse trails.
Daily fee: $6/horse
Annual fee: $30/horse
- Bringing horses into North Dakota: Information on health certificates and tests can be found on the North Dakota Department of Agriculture's website, https://www.nd.gov/ndda/, under Animal Import Permits.
Explore the Pembina Gorge on your ATV or dirt bike. The trailhead is located 1 mile north, 1 mile west, and ¼ mile north of the beautiful Walhalla Country Club.
There is no fee to use the new multi-use trail that is designed to accommodate non-motorized and motorized traffic, including the three classes of OHVs – dirt bikes, four wheelers and side-by-sides – which are 60 inches wide or less. Please review the following information:
• Current Registration and Liability Insurance is required
• Open to registered Class 1, 2, 3 OHVs (Max 60” Width)
• Motorized Vehicles must be insured
• Riders and Passengers under 18 must wear a DOT approved helmet
• Ages 11 and younger cannot operate OHVs
• Ages 12-15 must have an OHV safety certificate
• Ages 16+ must have a valid Driver’s License
• Follow trail signage
• Respect private lands adjacent to the trail
• Wear proper riding gear
• Stay on the trail