Montana State Trails - Trails in Montana

Explore Montana trails and find comprehensive trail guides including Montana trail maps, descriptions, photos and reviews.Whether you’re getting outdoors for recreation, fitness, commuting or travel you’ll discover top trails for bicycling, hiking, running and more on TrailLink.com.Get outdoors and explore all Montana has to offer including popular trails like Gallagator Linear Trail and Great Northern Historical Trail.With more than 43 trails covering 43 miles you’re bound to find one perfect for you.


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  • 7th Street Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 1.3 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The 7th Street Trail is an on-road, extra-wide shoulder specifically designed for pedestrians and cyclists. The path runs for 1.36 miles between Clements Road and Hiberta Avenue, running east–west on the south side of 7th Avenue. It links to ...
  • Alkali Creek Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 2.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Alkali Creek Trail follows the road of the same name in northeastern Billings. It travels through residential areas and provides access to Alkali Creek Elementary School. Its southern end connects to the Swords Park Trail, which stretches ...
  • Aronson Avenue Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 0.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Aronson Avenue Trail offers a paved half-mile route along the west side of its namesake roadway with views of open countryside. From its southern end, you can connect to the scenic Swords Park Trail and Alkali Creek Trail.
  • BA&P Hill Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 4.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel

    The BA&P Hill Trail provides a fascinating glimpse into Butte's early history, winding its way through the town's historic neighborhoods and abandoned mineyards. The area was known as the "The Richest Hill on Earth" for its gold, silver and ...
  • BBWA Canal Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 2.8 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The BBWA Canal Trail offers nearly 3 miles of paved pathway in western Billings, mostly along the Billings Bench Water Association Canal. The waterway, used for irrigation and storm drainage, dates back to the early 1900s. From the trail's ...
  • Big Ditch Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 1.3 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Big Ditch Trail offers a one mile east-west route through western Billings. The trail begins south of the Poly Vista Ball Fields, near Arrowhead Elementary School, and travels west to Rimrock West Park, a 10-acre recreational area featuring ...
  • Bitterroot Branch Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 2.17 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Bitterroot Branch Trail currently consists of two segments along the active Montana Rail Link rail tracks that run into downtown Missoula. The southern segment is 0.68 mile and extends between McDonald Avenue and Livingston Street. To ...
  • Bitterroot Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 41.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Bitterroot Path is a paved trail alongside US 93 between Lolo and Hamilton in Montana's scenic Bitterroot Valley. The sidepath provides a safe active transportation and recreation alternative to the busy highway. Along its nearly 40-mile ...
  • Clements Road Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 1.27 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Clements Road Trail is a paved path that parallels Missoula's busy Clements Road and provides a safe alternative to riding on the shoulder. The path runs for nearly 1.3 miles between the South Avenue Trail and 3rd Street, switching between ...
  • Gabel Road Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 0.8 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Gabel Road Trail stretches nearly a mile through TransTech Center, a high-tech business park in southwestern Billings. The trail offers pleasant landscaping and views of several manmade ponds as it meanders through the commercial subdivision. ...
  • Gallagator Linear Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 1.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The Gallagator Linear Trail runs diagonally for more than 1.5 miles through the east side of Bozeman. The trail, which has a crushed stone surface for the vast majority of its route but is paved at its north end, is popular with families on ...
  • Great Northern Historical Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 22 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Great Northern Historical Trail extends 22 miles between the lakeside town of Somers and the mountain valley community of Kila. The trail follows part of the route of the old Great Northern Railway, which was later bought by Burlington Northern. ...
  • Greenough Park Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 0.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    The Greenough Park Trail is truly one of urban Missoula's best, making for a peaceful refuge from the city hubbub and near the downtown area. The trail makes a loop through this lush 42-acre park, not only popular for people but for bears, which ...
  • Headwaters Trail System

    Rail-Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 8.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Headwaters Trail System is a paved network of trails, portions of which run along the former Milwaukee Railroad corridor through the City of Three Forks to Missouri Headwaters State Park. As its name implies, the park contains the origin ...
  • Jim Dutcher Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 6.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Jim Dutcher Trail currently offers 6 miles of paved pathway in two disconnected segments in southeastern Billings along the Yellowstone River. Along the way, the trail is dotted with community parks. Begin your journey in wooded Two Moon ...
  • Kim Williams Nature Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 4.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

    The Kim Williams Nature Trail meanders alongside the Clark Fork River in downtown Missoula. It connects to the Riverfront Trail, giving users an uninterrupted 4 miles of trail from which to enjoy the river or access Missoula's neighborhoods, ...
  • King Avenue East Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 0.5 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The King Avenue East Trail, in southwestern Billings, provides a half-mile concrete route along the south side of the roadway with access to a busy commercial subdivision at its eastern end. It's hoped that one day the trail will continue east ...
  • King Avenue West Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The King Avenue West Trail offers a paved east-west route through southwestern Billings with access to Shiloh Crossing, one of the city's most popular commercial subdivisions. Additional shopping and eating outlets can be found on the trail's ...
  • Kiwanis Trail (MT)

    Rail-Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 2.1 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Kiwanis Trail offers a 2-mile north-south route through the Heights neighborhood of Billings along a former railroad corridor. At its southern end, you can reach Two Moon Park and hop on the 6-mile Jim Dutcher Trail, which provides connections ...
  • Lake Elmo Drive Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 0.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

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  • Lake Elmo Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 1.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

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  • Larchmont Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 0.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Larmont Trail is a paved path that parallels Missoula's busy Reserve Street (US 93) and provides a safe alternative to riding on the road. The path runs for only a little more than 0.5 mile between Dearborn Avenue and where Reserve Street ...
  • Mansion Heights Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 0.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel

    The Mansion Heights Trail passes along the northern end of a neighborhood development of the same name toward the top of Missoula's South Hills. The homes here are quite beautiful and they match the views of the valley below. The trail is short ...
  • Milwaukee Road Rail-Trail (Thompson Park)

    Rail-Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 4.1 miles
    Surface: Grass, Gravel, Sand

    Just a few miles south of Butte, the Milwaukee Road Rail-Trail through Thompson Park offers a fun, four-mile ride through two tunnels and across a trestle on the former Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad. Bring your mountain bike, headlamp ...
  • Milwaukee Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 1.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    This isn't one of Missoula's more scenic trails, but nevertheless it's a great connector from downtown to the western edges of suburbia. The trail was completed in 2011 and zigzags along an asphalt corridor with occassional on-road segments. ...
  • NorPac Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: ID, MT
    Length: 25.6 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Gravel

    The NorPac Trail follows the old right-of-way of the Northern Pacific Railway (hence the trail's name) in western Montana and the Idaho Panhandle, crossing Lookout Pass. The trail runs from Idaho near Mullan at the trailhead for the Trail of ...
  • North Avenue-Humble Road Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface:

    The North Avenue–Humble Road Trail is a short, Y-shaped link joining two other of Missoula's west-side trails: South Avenue Trail and Clements Road Trail. The on-road trail is nicely widened bike lane purpose-built to allow pedestrians and cyclists ...
  • Rehberg Ranch Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 1.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Rehberg Ranch Trail follows the Iron Horse Trail roadway through a northern suburb of Billings. For just over a mile, the paved neighborhood trail offers views of Montana backcountry, including sandstone formations, prairie grasslands and pine ...
  • Rimrock Road Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 1.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Rimrock Road Trail is an east-west route in western Billings along the north side of Rimrock Road. It travels nearly 2 miles with mostly residential views. From its eastern end, you can hop on the Shiloh Road Trail, which offers a number ...
  • River's Edge Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 25 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel

    Many groups collaborated to create the scenic and wild River's Edge Trail: the city of Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Montana Department of Transportation, PPL Montana, and Recreational Trails Inc. ...
  • Riverfront Trail (MT)

    Rail-Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 3.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Ballast, Gravel

    Missoula's Riverfront Trail follows both the north and south sides of the Clark Fork River through city parks downtown and near the university campus. Though it's not quite clear where the Riverfront Trail on the south side of the river ends ...
  • Route of the Olympian

    Rail-Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 31 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    The 31-mile long Route of the Olympian is one of several rail-trails occupying the abandoned Pacific route of the Milwaukee Road, which originally connected the railroad's Wisconsin hub with Washington state—nearly 2,000 miles to the west. The ...
  • Shiloh Road Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 4.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Shiloh Road Trail is an important part of the trail network in western Billings, offering connections to the Rimrock Road Trail, Big Ditch Trail and King Avenue West Trail. It begins at Rimrock Road and follows a straight course south ...
  • Silver Bow Creek Greenway

    Rail-Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 4.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The creation of the Silver Bow Creek Greenway is part of a massive Superfund cleanup of Silver Bow Creek, which has suffered more than a century of pollution from the copper and silver mining operations during the 19th century in Butte and Anaconda. ...
  • South Avenue Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 2.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The South Avenue Trail is a paved path that parallels Missoula's busy South Avenue and provides a safe alternative to riding in the road. The path runs for a little more than 2 miles between Old Fort Road just west of US 93/Reserve Street and ...
  • South Billings Boulevard Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 0.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Although not a scenic route, the paved South Billings Boulevard Trail offers connections to residential and commercial areas and Newman Elementary School. At its southern end, you can also connect to the King Avenue East Trail.
  • Spring Meadow Lake State Park Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    This pleasant trail is busy during hot summer days, when families come out in droves to swim, fish and paddle non-motorized boats around this small lake. No bikes are allowed on the trail but you can cross-country ski during winter. You can ...
  • Spurgin-Humble Road Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 0.8 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Spurgin–Humble Road Trail runs just under 1 mile between the Clements Road Trail and the Kelly Island access path at the end of Humble Road. The on-road trail is nicely widened bike lane purpose-built to allow pedestrians and cyclists traveling ...
  • Story Mill Spur

    Rail-Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 1.7 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    The Story Mill Spur is named for Nelson Story, who, in the 1880s, built a flour mill near the East Gallatin River. As mayor of Bozeman, Story was instrumental in convincing the first railroad through Montana to route through Bozeman, because ...
  • Swords Park Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 3.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Swords Park Trail offers beautiful views of Billings and the Yellowstone Valley on a paved route of nearly 4 miles through the northern end of town. Springtime is especially pleasant with wildflowers blooming along the trail. Trailside benches ...
  • Tobacco River Memorial Trail (Kootenai Trail)

    Rail-Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 7.4 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    The Tobacco River Memorial Trail, also known as the Kootenai Trail, offers northwestern Montana scenery as it stretches 7 miles from Eureka to Rexford off Lake Koocanusa. Much of the trail is wooded and follows the Tobacco River along a former ...
  • Ulrich-Schotte Nature Trail (Blacktail Creek Trail)

    State: MT
    Length: 3.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Blacktail Creek Trail, through southeastern Butte, was renamed the Ulrich-Schotte Nature Trail in honor of local citizens who championed the restoration of the creek and other civic projects in the community. The paved path along the ...
  • Zimmerman Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 1.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Zimmerman Trail is a north-south route in western Billings that parallels the eastern flank of a roadway of the same name. The paved pathway is just over a mile long with pleasant neighborhood views. From the trail's southern end, travel ...