Landscape Features "Quick Glance". For interesting facts about the Fertile Sand Hills, click here.

Lookout Point | Scout Tower | Botanical Garden | Sand Hill River | Riverine Forest | Blufflands | Oak Savannah | Dunes | Sand Prairie | Death Valley

Lookout Point

Stand on top this south facing bluff and take in a spectacular view of the Sand Hill River Valley. Imagine early explorers using this vantage point to enjoy the beauty of the hills.

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Scout Tower

Enjoy a panoramic view of the Red River Valley from Scout Tower. Originally called Tower because of its height, its current name is due to the Fertile Boy Scouts once building a tower out of tree poles at its summit.

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Botanical Garden

Stop at the halfway point of the Native Plants Trail to enjoy our new botanical garden. Useful information is provided about the identification, natural history, uses and cultivation of natvie plants.

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Sand Hill River

Follow the winding course of the Sand Hill River as these dancing waters flow over Glacial Lake Agassiz beach ridges on their way to the Red River and northward to Hudson Bay.

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Riverine Forest

The river and its valley have produced a rich lowland forest community. Wildflowers, ferns, shrubs and trees greet visitors. Expect to see a mixture of songbirds, waterfowl, and birds of prey.

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Blufflands

An unusual natural community - birch forests with boreal species are found on cool and damp north facing bluffs. Steep bluffs and deep valleys have been formed over the yeas by the Sand Hill River.

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Oak Savannah

A rare experience awaiting visitors is a hike through the Oak Savanna - a prairie landscape with a mix of scattered oaks. Imagine the stories these gnarled 100-year-old burr oaks could tell of life in the Sand Hills.

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Dunes

Wide-open expanses of shifting sand dunes once characterized the Sand Hills. Plants have now stabilized the dunes. Death Valley 1 and scattered small "blow outs" still illustrate active times.

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Sand Prairie

Visitors are treated to beautiful panoramas of rolling hills covered throughout the growing season by grasses and wild flowers. An amazing variety of plants and insects are found on these sand prairies.

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Death Valley

Wind Blown Sand forms this active sand dune. Sand forms ripples as it is blown over the surface. Eventually the sand grains cascade over the steep north face of the dune and their journey ends.

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