Butte, MT Birding Trails and Maps

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BA&P Hill Trail

4.1 mi
State: MT
Asphalt, Gravel

Great American Rail-Trail

3743.9 mi
State: DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Headwaters Trail System

11.8 mi
State: MT
Asphalt

Missouri Headwaters State Park Trails

5.3 mi
State: MT
Dirt, Grass

Old Yellowstone Trail

7.5 mi
State: MT
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Silver Bow Creek Greenway

8 mi
State: MT
Asphalt

Spring Meadow Lake State Park Trail

2 mi
State: MT
Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
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...
MT 4.1 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Note: This developing route is not yet fully contiguous – it is just over 50% complete. Please refer to the Trail Map for more information on the existing sections of trail, as well as the online...
DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY 3743.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
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...
MT 11.8 mi Asphalt
Just a few miles south of Butte, the Milwaukee Road Rail-Trail through Thompson Park offers a fun journey through two tunnels and across a trestle on the former Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul...
MT 4.5 mi Gravel
The Missouri Headwaters State Park offers 5 miles of unpaved trails to explore its picturesque landscapes by foot, horseback, or mountain bike. The park spans more than 500 acres and, within its...
MT 5.3 mi Dirt, Grass
The Old Yellowstone Trail follows the old right-of-way of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad in southwestern Montana. The CMSPP, more commonly called the Milwaukee Road, was active...
MT 7.5 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
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...
MT 8 mi Asphalt
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...
MT 2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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...
MT 3.2 mi Asphalt

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Headwaters Trail System

Disappointed

July, 2021 by joglazewski

For a trail with so much potential, this fell far short of expectations. Passes through beautiful scenery between a riverfront State Park, and cute little town.
Has not been given the attention it deserves. Asphalt surface cracked with painful gullies and erosions, NO signage. We rode back on a road with light traffic, but no shoulder and 70 mph speed limit to avoid having to ride this surface again.

BA&P Hill Trail

Great trail, but very steep!

July, 2021 by elwoodmr

This trail will take you to the top of Butte, to the Memorial, and while it is very steep, it is worth it to take in the views. There are nice little signs along the way which talk about the history of mining and Butte. At the bottom, it ends at the Museum of Mining, which is a great underground tour.

Ulrich-Schotte Nature Trail (Blacktail Creek Trail)

Needs some updating

July, 2021 by elwoodmr

The portion of the trail that runs along I-90 could really use some updating. Many portions of the pavement are buckled from the surrounding tree roots. But the portion that goes up towards the Pit, is nicely paved and wide.

Accordion

Silver Bow Creek Greenway

I love this trail!

June, 2021 by kzod

This is a great, well-maintained trail that links to some other great trails. I hope the whole system is completed soon!

Milwaukee Road Rail-Trail (Thompson Park)

Fun trail!

June, 2021 by kzod

This is such a fun trail! The trestle is HUGE the tunnels are LONG and cold even on a hot day. Definitely bring a light for the tunnels. We didn't the first time we did this and just pointed the bikes in the direction of the light at the end of the tunnel (probably not the smartest thing, but it was fine). Even in July we've encountered thick ice in the tunnels. Getting from the parking lot down to the trail is steep, but the rest of the trail has a very gentle grade.

BA&P Hill Trail

Great Trail!

June, 2021 by kzod

I live close to this trail, so I walk on at least a section of it nearly every week. It is a great trail. If you'd like to see some of Butte's old mines, get a sense of the history, and view the breathtaking Montana landscape, this is the trail for you. The trail is very well-maintained, the asphalt part is plowed in the winter, and it's traveled frequently by bikers, walkers, and runners. It also travels very close to the World Museum of Mining where you can go underground into an old mine.

I've heard talk of expanding the trail to the west. I hope this happens!

BA&P Hill Trail

Getting back on a bike.

April, 2021 by smith.kris86

Really awesome trail to travel on. My first trail getting back on a mountain bike and from the bottom made me realize how out of shape and out of touch I have become, even going back down proved to be a work out for me. So much silver mine and history on the trail, really worth the journey.

Great American Rail-Trail

best trail ever

March, 2021 by tpassarelli_tl

wonderful trip across America

Spring Meadow Lake State Park Trail

Great

July, 2020 by japar14

Nice little walk

Great American Rail-Trail

Great ride today

July, 2020 by vlc9802

We rode this trail from Toulon to Princeville today. It was great! The path was very good. It is mostly shaded. Excellent. We stopped in Wyoming on our way back for lunch. Ate at 111 Coffee Shop. Don’t be fooled, this is NOT just a coffee shop. The lunch was delicious. And it is decorated all with bikes! Perfect for us bikers. And check out the bathroom. Cute!!! Can’t wait to do more of the route from Princeville going south.

Headwaters Trail System

Ridin' The GART

July, 2020 by acewickwire

This trail is a segment of the Great American Rail-Trail (GART).
Location: Three Forks, MT
Trail Condition: Average pavement. Some segments great and others overdue maintenance (vegetation overgrowth, and cracked asphalt).
Signage: No directional, some warning.
Comments: This is a trail “system” with multiple spurs and routes available. Overall this one is worth a stop to ride. Crosses river, goes along ponds (pelicans in the water), into the country, and through this quiet town. Will want to take a map along. A portion of the trail continues to the east instead of the left turn to the state park.

Milwaukee Road Rail-Trail (Thompson Park)

Ridin' The GART

June, 2020 by acewickwire

This trail is a segment of the Great American Rail-Trail (GART).
Location: Butte, MT
Parking: Eagles Nest parking area…should have parked at Sagebrush Flats for a little closer to trail. Recreation area was before Continental Divide.
Trail Condition: Mt Bike trail for sure. Nice surface for fatter tires. A couple short sections with larger gravel chunks. Inside tunnels was a little rougher surface…need light.
Signage: A number of nice interpretative signs explaining the railroad and history of this portion.
Comments: Liked this trail and history signage. Encountered several other trail users. Nice easy grade both directions. Would do this trail again.

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