Valley County Pathways, a nonprofit responsible for the rural Idaho county's ambitious trails plan, spearheaded the construction of the popular North Valley Rail Trail as its centerpiece. The trail currently stretches between McCall and a point west of the unincorporated community of Lake Fork, using a portion of a long-abandoned Union Pacific Railroad corridor. Plans call for the eventual completion of the rail-trail along the length of the Long Valley, ultimately stretching more than 30 miles from McCall to Cascade.
For now, the scenic trail runs for more than 5 miles through land once used as summer pasture for livestock from southwestern Idaho’s Treasure Valley. Closer to McCall, the trail is paved (with a short on-road section near McCall Municipal Airport), but the southern half of the trail features a natural surface kinder to equestrian users. A short disconnected segment heads north from Lake Fork Road but dead ends at private farmland.
McCall is Valley County's largest city and is now famous as an all-weather resort town. In the summer, Payette Lake is popular with swimmers and boaters, while in the winter, the city transforms into a hub for alpine and cross-country skiers. Restaurants, shops and a historic hotel can be found along E. Lake Street in McCall (and the immediate vicinity), just two blocks north of the North Valley Rail Trail's trailhead.
Parking for the North Valley Rail Trail is available at McCall City Hall (216 E. Park Street, McCall) and Harshman Skate Park (off Idaho Street, McCall).