‪Petrified Forest Loop‬

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Steve-O555111
94 مساهمة
العائلة • أكتوبر 2021
‪A nice hike with great views. A bit tricky at first to follow the path up the incline. Watch for posts. The north loop was blocked by a herd of local bison. The south trail is smooth and easy to the petrified trees. A few other hikers but lightly traveled.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 30 أكتوبر 2021
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Jo W
الإسكندرية, فيرجينيا4 مساهمات
يوليو 2021
‪Take the West River Road off I-90 and follow signs. Bring water; hiking boots preferable. Don’t stop before you reach the overlook with a canyon full of copses of petrified forest. Allow plenty of time to hike the short distance to the canyon floor and explore. Although listed as a short trail, this can be much longer if you take the time to explore, but it is still small child friendly. Of course, if you are pressed for time, you can stop at the first few petrified trunks and call it 😊.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 25 يوليو 2021
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okeedoke
washington state1,840 مساهمة
أبريل 2021
‪This petrified forest is a sight to behold! It's a short drive out on a fairly well maintained dirt road...then about a 1 1/2 mile hike, but so worth it! Remnants of a sequoia (dawn redwood) and spruce forest are there to behold...thousands of stumps and cool eroded boulders and mounds. Please, don't take "souvenirs." Leave it all for our grandchildren to enjoy. Well worth the side trip...spend a few hours or half a day.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 30 مايو 2021
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Rachel J
‪Carbondale‬, إلينوي423 مساهمة
زوجان • مايو 2021
‪This is a less frequently visited area, but incredibly cool. We took the north end per ranger suggestion on more features and bigger trees. There was one steep area, but worth it. Go about 2 miles back for the biggest trees. ‬
كُتب بتاريخ 20 مايو 2021
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Beautiful Badlands ND
‪Wilton‬, ‪North Dakota‬4 مساهمات
فبراير 2021
‪The trail is varied from grasslands to Badlands hillsides, which makes it more rewarding when arriving at either of the marked collections of petrified sequoia tree stumps.

Technically, the area is not part of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, but is actually part of the Theodore Roosevelt Wilderness Area. It is within the fenced confines of the park, so bison and wild horses can range in the area. It is very pristine -- displaying the landscape just as it has been for centuries. (Imagine trying to cross this region in a wagon train!)

Yes, it's a bit challenging to find the trail head, about 5 miles north of Interstate 94. It's not well marked, so pay attention as you drive north on West River Road. Even though we hike it a couple times a year, we can miss the turn. (I missed it last week when I was on my own. My wife, the map freak wasn't with me. Yikes!)

The road to the Petrified Forest trail head is on your right as you travel north on West River Road. If it has been raining or snow melting, the last mile or so can be very muddy.

The sign boards provide good information. The trail heads westerly, and then splits off. I like the north route because it's a bit easier. However, the south trail provides some great exercise until you get to the hillside with the stumps -- some taller than I am (6 foot).

Along the way, elk and deer scat indicate they like grazing in this grassland. Bison, too. Generally though, wildlife siting's are more rare here than in the actual park -- across the Little Missouri River.

Of all the hiking I do in the Badlands and the two units of the TRNP, this is probably the most "moderate" of all the trails. It is not easy, so don't be fooled.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 3 فبراير 2021
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Kimberly M
‪Arkansas City‬, ‪Kansas‬302 مساهمة
أغسطس 2020
‪We took our groaning teenagers, walked as far as the petrified pieces and turned around. The best part for the kids was the gate that allows you access into the open range area.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 11 يناير 2021
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Dale
‪Knoxville‬, ‪Tennessee‬26 مساهمة
يوليو 2019
‪It requires driving on a gravel road and then hiking out to see the petrified forest but it is worth the drive and the hike to see the remains from years ago. It is an enjoyable hike, but bring plenty of water as there are no water sources on the hike. ‬
كُتب بتاريخ 4 ديسمبر 2019
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IowaTravelFan
‪Johnston‬, ‪Iowa‬243 مساهمة
أغسطس 2019
‪For the Petrified Forest area, you have to go out of the park west then north. The brown park signs can be hard to see. Take I-94 north to exit 23. Follow Forest Service Road 730. It is a gravel road with dirt parking lot so it may not always be accessible due to weather. It is a loop trail but you can only go out and back (we recommend the left fork) in half that time. Again no shade or services so I would recommend morning or evening. If you are wanting a hike with a "highlight" this one is fine. Not all that difficult but there is some elevation change in the first 1/2 mile or so.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 19 أغسطس 2019
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Vicki69072
‪Saint Paul‬, ‪Minnesota‬104 مساهمات
يوليو 2019
‪The road out to the Petrified Forest Loop isn't marked extremely well, so keep your eyes out for the small brown signs (other roads lead to ranches or oil well facilities). Once you get to the parking lot, there is one main path into the area, but then the path splits to go to different areas of the petrified forest -we only had time for the path to the left. There is some petrified tree trunks (from knee high to over 6 feet high) along the way and then you get to a valley where there is quite a few at once (amazing to see!). We also saw a bison while on our hike, as well as lots of Bison poo, some bison fur and lots of places the grass was flattened down from a large animal lying there, so you know they are around often.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 31 يوليو 2019
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pasweet
‪Dayton‬, ‪Ohio‬316 مساهمة
زوجان • يونيو 2019
‪After reading the reviews about the heat with this hike we decided to hike in the evening which worked well. The drive to get to the trailhead was pretty but somewhat difficult to ensure you were on the right track. It is pretty remote. It would be impossible to take this hike if the trail was wet as that would make it extremely slippery. The hike was mostly easy but several climbs were steep and going down steep areas was a little nerve wracking for this senior. We chose the north loop—-you could go north or south—and were happy with the petrified stumps we explored We saw a rabbit and a wild horse on the hike but no people. We spent 2 hours total to take the hike beginning at 630 pm Sun was no issue for us. We like hikes with destinations and this fit the bill ‬
كُتب بتاريخ 15 يونيو 2019
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