Fergus Falls, MN is situated in west-central Minnesota. With three biomes in its vicinity it is rich in natural beauty and resources. As part of the prairie pothole region it is a hot spot for outdoor activities from hiking, biking, hunting and fishing to birding. Rolling hills, the Otter Tail River and 1,048 lakes populate Otter Tail County of which Fergus Falls is the county seat.
Surveyors discovered Fergus Falls in 1857 and determined the power of the Otter Tail River would be the perfect place for a “city.” It was settled soon afterwards and thriving industries included flour milling, lumber and railroads. Now it is nestled along Interstate 94 and home to nearly 15,000 people. The natural attraction is even greater and has been joined by a thriving arts community.
In Fergus Falls the North Country Scenic Trail enters on the northeast side of town. It meanders along the Otter Tail River and past Central Dam, through tallgrass prairie, into DeLagoon Park and to the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, a 330-acre environmental education center operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Making its way downtown, the trail picks up the river again in Wright Park before heading to the west. Hikers can complete a loop via the Fergus Falls Riverwalk: a cobblestone path that runs the length of downtown Fergus Falls and the NCT Urban Connector route.
The City of Fergus Falls became the third designated NCTA “Trail Town” in Minnesota on September 19, 2016.