North Country Trail Association

Minnesota Waters and Prairie Chapter


North Dakota/Minnesota state line at Fort Abercrombie State Park to the Otter Tail/Becker county line southwest of Frazee

The Minnesota Waters and Prairie Chapter is the North Country Trail Association’s newest Chapter, organized in November 2015. Our Chapter is quite diverse: Male and female, retired and employed, young and older, builders and organizers. You’re invited to join us for a hike, a Chapter meeting, or to help us build and maintain the Trail in Otter Tail County.

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Chapter Trail Section

There are currently two sections of NCT in Otter Tail County: a 3-mile section in Maplewood State Park and a 10-mile urban and rural loop in Fergus Falls. Both segments provide an interesting mix of prairie and woodland hiking. Road routes currently connect these short segments of off-road trail. The Trail through this area, both off-road and on, traverses the agriculturally rich flat Red River Valley.

Connect and Get Involved

Join the Chapter
Otter Tail Meetup


Use the Report Trail Condition form to alert NCTA and the Chapter to poor trail conditions. Visit the Trail Alerts page while planning your adventure.

Suggested Hikes

Maplewood State Park: 3 miles. Experience the diversity of Maplewood State Park: Potholes, prairie, old growth hardwood forest, lakes and hills. The park is on Highway 108, east of Pelican Rapids. Park maps available at the entrance station. If hiking, begin at Trail Center. Loops are possible on other trails within the park, to avoid an out-and-back.

Fergus Falls Rural / Urban Loop: 9.8 miles. Experience the unique environs of the Otter Tail River, prairie potholes, and historic downtown Fergus Falls. Parking is available at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, DeLagoon City Park trail center, One Mile Prairie at Highway 210 and 19th Avenue, the DNR canoe access on Mt. Faith Avenue, Veteran’s Park on Lincoln Avenue, or Red Sox Park.

Chapter Maps and Guidance

View our section of the Trail on the interactive online map

Additional Local Resources

City of Fergus Falls
Maplewood State Park
Prairie Wetlands Learning Center