The Greenway provides a unique opportunity for year-round outdoor recreational activities in an urban setting. Encompassing approximately 2,200 acres of open space, activities such as hiking, walking, running, rollerblading, biking, birding, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, and golfing are enjoyed in the heart of Grand Forks/East Grand Forks.
The Greenway features over 20 miles of asphalt trails located along the Red and Red Lake Rivers. Grab your walking shoes, bike, skate board or inline skates and enjoy a walk on the wild side. The best part? These trails are reachable through several access points throughout the flood protection system and connect to the larger metropolitan trail system.
And we don't close for the winter! Living in North Dakota and Minnesota means lots of snow and that equals plenty of opportunities for groomed cross-country ski and snowmobile trails. Not your style? No worries. The Greenway also offers Ice skating and sledding in many of the parks.
The Greenway is home to several parks, all connected by the paved trail system. Besides the trail system, these parks offer a variety of amenities for outdoor recreation. Basketball and volleyball courts, softball diamonds, ice-skating and hockey rinks, cross-country ski trails, and picnic shelters are just a few of the ammenities waiting for you in the Greenway. More details of specific recreational facilities can be found on the Greenway map.
The natural setting offered by the Greenway provides a scenic backdrop for golf. It is no surprise that a variety of area courses are located adjacent to the Red River. Lincoln Golf Course in Grand Forks and Valley Golf Course in East Grand Forks underwent significant changes with the construction of the permanent levee and now offer two very unique courses to satisfy your golfing needs.
Disc golf reigns supreme in the Greenway. Players have access to three disc golf courses in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks - two 18 hole courses in Lincoln Drive Park and a 12 hole course in East Grand Forks. Grab your discs and get ready to play!
Time to let Fido off the leash and play with his new canine friends! Check out the first-ever off leash dog park in the Grand Cities. Located in Lincoln Drive Park, this park offers two fenced areas to accomodate both large and small dogs.
The Red and Red Lake Rivers boast over 70 species of native fish, and world class channel cat fishing. With improved access to the water for boaters and ample shore-bank fishing sites the exhilaration of a big catch on the Red can now be enjoyed by the professional and amateur angler alike.
Feel the urge to spend a night in the great outdoors? We've got you covered: the Red River State Recreation Area campground is located along the Red River in downtown East Grand Forks. Yep, we said downtown. This campground boasts 98 campsites, including 70 electric sites with full hookups (sewer and water). Campers have plenty of access to multi-purpose trails for walking and biking, picnic areas and two rivers for fishing and boating. The bonus? The campground location in an urban area offers visitors access to outdoor recreational opportunities as well as shopping and dining facilities within walking distance.
The easy flowing Red and Red Lake Rivers provide the perfect opportunity for both motorized and non motorized boating. Four boat ramps are located throughout the Greenway for easy access.
Interested in canoe or kayak rentals? Contact:
UND Lifetime Sports Center or (701) 777-3981
The picturesque setting of the Greenway and its location adjacent to the Red and Red Lake Rivers provides the perfect opportunity to view many different species of birds in their natural habitat. Located in the Central Flyway, the Greenway provides ample opportunity to view migratory or resident birds. Our friends at the Grand Cities Bird Club have plenty of information available for birding in the Greenway and in the region. Don't forget your Greenway Birding Guide on your next trip to the Greenway!
The location of the Greenway provides the perfect natural setting for educational opportunities in the Greater Grand Forks area. Area educators and students can observe native plant and animal species, in their natural habitat, literally from their own backyards.