Stayed at Fort Abraham Lincoln 3 nights last June. Beautiful park on the Missouri River. Campground was clean and quiet. Nice shower house. Large, level sites. Fort Abraham Lincoln was General Custer’s headquarters before he left for the Little Big Horn. Lots of hiking and history and wildlife.
Clean Campground. Tent area and multiple camper pads. Vault toilets available. Ranger programs available. Right in the heart of Ft. Abraham Lincoln. Lots to do--visit the Block houses, Gen. Custer's home, commissary, etc. Close to Mandan and Bismarck (State Capitol)
This is a nice park that is worth an overnight to learn about expedition history, native Mandan culture, and more. The park is a stop of. the Lewis and Clark Historic Trail , which was the draw for us. The park has a nice campground, with RV sites set back jn the trees and large tent sites right in the Missouri River! There are also camper cabins to rent. The park has a nice visitor center with terrific displays, moany aboutLewis and Clark, also a reconstructed Mandan encampment, plus the home and barracks of Custer and his cavalry. Running through the park is a cool trolley that takes you to historic points within the park, then on into the town of Mandan 6 miles away. The campgrounds have nice bath houses, plus a playground for kids and naturalist programs with an enthusiastic staff. Nice experience!
What a great park for families! That was my first thought. It just looks like a great place for kids to play. There's a playground, wide open spaces, easy trails, a river, and remnants of the fort and an Indian village. There's a paved bike path that you can take from the campground all the way to Bismarck (10+ miles). Or you can ride over to the cavalry and infantry areas of the fort and to the Indian village.
There is a separate $7/day entrance fee in addition to the camping fee. We chose a primitive site (no water, no electric) because those sites are along the river, and the fee was $17. Sites with electricity and water are $25. There are also a couple tipis for $35 and two cabins for $60. There is a clean shower facility plus other restrooms. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring, and there's a dump station. We have camped at so many Forest Service sites that all these amenities make it feel like glamping!
My only complaint is that there is no path from the primitive sites to a restroom other than the road. It would have been nice if there were a few paths between sites. No one wants to take a long route to a restroom in the middle of the night. And cutting through an occupied site is poor camping etiquette.
It was a little loud the night we were there and some campers didn’t have much respect for campsites but that’s not the parks fault. Great hiking, all sorts of trails for all kinds of exploring. Lots of helpful staff and historic attractions to admire and appreciate. I’m used to having more privacy and space when camping but like I said, this isn’t the campgrounds fault. We would definitely camp here again.
We loved staying here. The employees are super friendly and the park is clean and well maintained. Some sites are not real level but we made it work. There is a lot do do nearby with hiking trails, fishing, historical sites and so on. Just far enough out of town but easy to get to on a nice highway. Playground for the kids can be seen from most sites. Convenient showers nearby. Very nice. We'll stay there again.
Great sites with beautiful trees and it’s a quiet relaxing place that is pet friendly. There are also a lot of history in the area from the Lewis and Clark days!
The sites are in big loops so there is lots of room for kids to run in the grass safely. There are fun historic places to drive or hike too. The blockhouses and Mandan Indian Village are must sees. You can't access the river if you bring a boat and there isn't a swimming spot.
If you like the who has the biggest camper contest you will find it here. Whole lot of city people thinking they are ruffing it. Campground itself is nice and well kept. Worth a stop just for the historic history near by.
Great park close to Mandan ND