Bismarck Trails (Hay Creek and Pebble Creek Loops)

North Dakota

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Bismarck Trails (Hay Creek and Pebble Creek Loops) Facts

States: North Dakota
Counties: Burleigh
Length: 7.4 miles
Trail end points: N 19th St. and E. Rosser Ave.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6032499

Bismarck Trails (Hay Creek and Pebble Creek Loops) Description

Both the Hay Creek and Pebble Creek Loop are significant and scenic loops in the Bismarck Trail System. 

These two "loops" are connected but the total mileage of trails in the northeast corner of Bismarck is around 7 miles. The Pebble Creek Loop runs first in the north along Hay Creek and then loops through the Pebble Creek Golf Course and around the Scheels Baseball Complex.

Hay Creek loop runs in a circle around residential neighborhoods and south towards Sleepy Hollow Park, which features a outdoor ampitheatre, horseshoes and a poetry box. There is an additional southern section that runs south along Hay Creek until reaching E Rosser Ave.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at Sleepy Hollow Park (2899 E Divide Ave), Scheels Baseball Complex (2000 Shiloh Dr), and Pebble Creek Golf Course (2525 N 19th St).

See TrailLink Map for more detailed directions.


Bismarck Trails (Hay Creek and Pebble Creek Loops) Reviews

could benefit from more maintenance

Beautiful trails, little bouncy bridges here and there

Inconsistent surface and poorly marked trail

The only desgnated parking area was small and full. Thankfully it was a Friday in August, so we were able to park at the Shiloh Christian School next door.

We didn't see any signs for the "Hay Creek Trail", but using the TrailLink map we headed out on our Trikkes.

The first part was a wide sidewalk by a road, later becoming a narrow sidewalk. There is a turn into a residential neighborhood that is not marked, while a sign saying "Bike Route" along a wide sidewalk went in another direction.

Eventually, the trail joined some off-road paths, near a golf course, but again the lack of signs made it confusing about which direction to take. Using TralLink and Google satellite views, we were able to choose a way to go which got us back to our vehicle.

There are several places where there are signs posted that show all the trails in the region, but the individual paths do not have any signage at any point. Also, there is also no way to tell if the various trails/paths are paved or not.

It seems that Bismarck has spent a good deal of time and money on recreation trails and paths, but has not utilized TrailLink to promote or inform potential users of the trails. Adding more signage to the various trails would be very helpful.

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