Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park RV & Campground Guide

North Dakota

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

is located in North Dakota, approximately 7 miles south of the city of Mandan. Established in 1907, it is the oldest state park in North Dakota and covers an area measuring 1,006 acres. The park has a rich cultural significance and history, as it is home to the On-A-Slant Indian Village, a historic cemetery, and reconstructed military buildings including the Custer House and a barracks. There are also plenty of recreational activities for visitors to enjoy here. Hikers, bikers, and horse riders can explore the extensive and scenic trail system that climbs through the hills providing breath-taking views of the river bottom, while anglers can fish the shorelines of both the Missouri and Heart Rivers.

Although the state park isn’t exactly in a remote location, visitors can still expect to see a range of fauna during their travels. Species most commonly sighted include pheasants, white-tailed deer, bald eagles, and if you’re lucky, red foxes once the sun goes down. Because the region is situated in the middle of the Great Plains, its climate is characterized by cold, somewhat snowy and windy winters, and hot humid summers. Thunderstorms occur in spring and summer, but much of the rest of the year is dry. To help you prepare for a trip to Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, we’ve included everything you need to know below, including camping, activities, how to get here, and more.

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Weather
Spring 18-71 F
Summer 51-87 F
Fall 18-76 F
Winter 1-30 F
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Nearby Cities
Mandan, ND
Bismarck, ND
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

While the park’s beautiful location draws visitors to the region, it’s also the camping opportunities that have people flocking here. If you’re looking for something a little more luxurious than your average tent and sleeping bag, then we recommend visiting the state park in an RV. If you don’t own one, you can easily rent an RV from RVshare.com to suit your budget and needs. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you succeed.

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park has 82 modern campsites (with electricity and water) and 19 primitive campsites available for visitors. Reservations tend to fill up quickly during peak season, however, so we’ve also listed three additional local campgrounds below.

General Sibley Park and Campground

Located over the Missouri River and just a 27-minute drive from the state park is General Sibley Park and Campground. The park includes camping sites for tents and campers with electrical hook-ups, with daily rates ranging from $12 - $25. The campground also hosts a number of free events for guests each year.

 

  • Water hookup: no
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: no
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: restrooms, picnic shelters, playgrounds, 24-hole disc golf course, water and dump stations, a boat ramp, amphitheatre.

Bismarck KOA Journey

Bismarck KOA Journey is just a 25-minute drive from the state park and is one of the highest-rated RV parks within the region. Like most KOA’s, this one offers a wide range of unique amenities and recreational activities, including banana bikes, a dog park, ice cream socials, and so much more.

 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: swimming pool, dog park, snack bar, pavilion, bike rentals, propane and firewood for sale, playgrounds, sports fields, portable fire pits for request.

Hillcrest Acres Campground

Also located under a half-hour’s drive from the state park is the Hillcrest Acres Campground. It’s far enough out of the way to provide you with a peaceful and relaxing stay, yet close enough to many of the area’s most popular attractions for when you wish to go exploring.

 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: laundry facilities, showers, dump station, restrooms, boat storage.

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What to Do at
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Inside Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park might be very popular for camping, but people also love visiting here because of the wide range of fun outdoor activities on offer. Whether you’re hoping to enjoy hiking, historic sites, fishing, or more – there’s certainly something for every type of traveler at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park.

Trails: The park’s non-motorized trail system covers approximately 6.75 miles in a series of loops and several connecting segment trails and is available to hikers, horse riders, and cyclists. Most of the trail system surface is either grass, dirt or hard-packed single-track. Popular trails include the Young Hawk Interpretive Trail, Bloody Knife Trail, and Little Soldier Loop Trail.

Historic sites: The state park is particularly popular due to its historic sites, with the most famous of these including the On-A-Slant Indian Village, Cluster House, historic military cemetery, and Museum Center. Tours run daily.

Fishing: There are some great fishing opportunities along the Heart and Missouri Rivers, both of which are accessible from the state park. Anglers can expect to catch species such as catfish, Northern Pike, and Walleye, plus there’s a fish cleaning station on-site.

Winter activities: The state park is open year-round, offering visitors with a very different experience during the winter months. Snowfall allows you to partake in fun activities such as ice fishing, as well as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on the trails.

Outside Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

If you thought the activities on offer within the park were good, then you’re going to be delighted by just how many experiences are available to you in the surrounding areas of Mandan and Bismarck. These include stunning sightseeing opportunities, delectable restaurants, and so much more.

Restaurants

Kobe’s Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar

For tasty Japanese cuisine within a short drive from the state park, Kobe’s Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar is the place to go. This lively setting features flaming teppanyaki grills and sushi rolls with exotic ingredients.

Type: Japanese

Location: Bismarck, ND

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

There’s also a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store located just a 20-minute drive from the state park. This popular, homey chain restaurant serves American comfort food that will satisfy even the fussiest of taste buds. Locals especially recommend the steak!

Type: American

Location: Bismarck, ND

Pizza Ranch

Located just up the road from the state park is a Pizza Ranch, everyone’s favorite destination for fast food classics, including fried chicken, classic American sides, and of course, pizza. Soak up the Old West-themed setting, as well as the buffet style service.

Type: Pizza restaurant / Buffet

Location: Mandan, ND

Sightseeing

Dakota Zoo

If you want to get up close with even more wildlife, then a visit to Dakota Zoo is in order. The zoo features 600 animals of 125 different species, including tigers, bears, alligators, arctic fox, llama, snow leopard, and more. Admission ranges from $6.50 - $9.50.

Location: Bismarck, ND

Fort Lincoln Trolley

While not located inside the state park (but around a 10-minute drive away), the Fort Lincoln Trolley offers scenic railroad excursions into Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park in a historic, open-air trolley. A roundtrip fare costs $9 for all ages, however kids under the age of 5 travel free when accompanied by a parent or family.

Location: Mandan, ND

Raging Rivers Waterpark

If you happen to be visiting the state park during the hotter months, then an afternoon at Raging Rivers Waterpark, located just an 18-minute drive away, is exactly what you need. There are swimming pools, water slides, a lazy river, mini golf, and more on-site. Admission from $10 - $15.

Location: Mandan, ND

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How to Get to
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

The state park is less than 13 miles south-west from the city of Bismarck. Head west on E Rosser Ave towards N 5th St, then continue straight onto I-94BL W/W Main Ave. Turn left onto 3rd St SE and drive from ND-1806 S, Hwy 1806 and 20th St to Mandan. Drive to Fort Lincoln Rd and follow this until you reach the state park.

Entering Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Admission : $5

We’re very excited that you’re planning a trip to Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. Once you’ve finished exploring all that the park has to offer, there are also some incredible opportunities waiting for you outside of its gates! During or after your stay, we encourage you to tag us in any of your social media posts, or why not share your photos and experience with us at [email protected]? We may even feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!