Boise River Greenbelt

Idaho

Boise River Greenbelt Facts

States: Idaho
Counties: Ada
Length: 46.1 miles
Trail end points: W State St and SR 44 (Eagle) and Lucky Peak State Recreation Area
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6015684
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Boise River Greenbelt Description

The Boise River Greenbelt follows its namesake river among towering trees, connecting downtown Boise with neighborhoods and the business district. Leading out of the city both north and south, the trail connects suburbs with parks and the Lucky Peak State Recreation Area.

The 46-mile trail is one of the area's most popular for its scenic views, wildlife and access to popular parks and recreation sites. In addition it provides a non-motorized corridor for commuters and passes by the university campus.

Most of the trail is paved except for a 1.5-mile section from Barber Park downstream.

Parking and Trail Access

Access the Boise River Greenbelt from numerous places, including the following parks:

Ann Morrison Park
Riverside Park
Baggley Park
Shoreline Park
Bernardine Quinn
Veterans Memorial Park
Riverside Park
Warm Springs Park
Bown Crossing
Willow Lane
Julia Davis Park Athletic Complex
Municipal Park

Boise River Greenbelt Reviews

Record heavy snows and the resulting above average run off have closed most of the trail. As of April Only eastern most 9 miles remain open. Federal water managers predict above flood stage releases into June. Check City of Boise website for closure maps. A key bridge between Boise and Garden City has been removed to save it from falling in the river and park managers say it will have to be relocated. Thus when flooding subsides you will not be able to ride the trail from one end to the other non stop. When it dries out it is still a great trail you will have to ride part and find the detour around the missing bridge to continue on.

Rode this trail from Eagle all the way to Lucky Peak reservoir over 2 days in late September. A great experience overall. Suggestions would be for a bit better markings along the route, as the downtown areas can be a bit confusing and congested.
The only negative is a local weed called goatheads....nasty little things that resemble organic thumbtacks....flattened 3 of 4 tires late one afternoon. Advise you carry a tire pump!!

Have been looking for a good map of the Boise Greenbelt, but this is not it, Yet. It is a good start but missing the trails that run on both sides. It could also add bathrooms, air pumps, water coolers along the way. It would also help to display mileage marks.

Accordion

This is an amazing running, walking, cycling trail along the Boise River near downtown Boise, ID. If you are coming to Boise, bring your exercise gear. There are also plenty of mountainous (off road) running, hiking, mountain bike trails close to the Greenbelt, don't miss those! The beautiful scenery and wildlife will make you want to stay and never leave!

Idaho is known as the Gem State and this trail is a real jewel. I would rename this one the “Emerald Trail” because a good portion of the trail is lined with massive deciduous trees (think very green) which, along with the Boise River, actually cools the trail significantly during Boise’s hot summer months. Riding this trail is pure entertainment. Several outstanding parks along the trail provide fountains to cool off in, the zoo, festivals to enjoy, and people to watch. Stunning views of the foothills and the river abound. Restaurants of all types, many with outdoor seating, provide numerous opportunities to dine and enjoy cold beverages. Hotels on or near the trail makes this an excellent location for a weekend or extended stay bike trip. Downtown Boise is lively, is easily accessible from the Greenbelt, and has a “European” feel about it with outdoor cafes and parked bikes lining the streets. The eastern portion of the trail is wide open, has desert like views, and provides riders with an opportunity to put some real distance on the bike. The Boise Green Belt truly has it all and should not be missed.

"This trail is actually longer that 12 miles. It is closer to 20 miles. The trail extends from a mile west of the Western Idaho Fairgrounds in Garden City to Lucky Peak State Park east of Boise.

Sections of this trail have tree root damage, especially west of Human Rights Memorial and Boise State University."

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