St. John, North Dakota
The Wakopa Trail lets residents and visitors in northern North Dakota get outside and experience the history of transportation in the state. The new Wakopa Trail is developed from a path initially used by American Indians, followed by trappers and traders, then ox carts and buggies, and eventually train cars. Years after the rail line was abandoned, a Transportation Enhancements grant and technical experts from the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program restored it to a humble trail. The Wakopa Trail still connects to modern transportation through the Turtle Mountain Scenic Byway, linking old and new while providing a place for year-round outdoor activities.
Photo: Wakopa Trail