Idaho Falls Greenbelt

Idaho

Idaho Falls Greenbelt Facts

States: Idaho
Counties: Bonneville
Length: 11 miles
Trail end points: Freeman Park and US Highway 26/W. Sunnyside Road
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 8835227
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Idaho Falls Greenbelt Description

The Idaho Falls Greenbelt is exactly what its name brings to mind: a green north-south connector through the city along both sides of the Snake River. On its north end, the trail runs adjacent to University Place and through Freeman Park, which offers picnic shelters, restrooms, and a playground. From there, the paved pathway heads south safely whisking travelers beneath Rigby Highway (U.S. 20), past Civitan Park, and along the border of downtown Idaho Falls.

You can cross the river on a pedestrian bridge at Sportsman Park to reach the mixed-use community of Snake River Landing, or stay on the east side of the river to reach South Tourist Park, where camping is available. Sportsman Park offers a gazebo and picnic tables to stop and take in the river views and has a Japanese-style garden to explore.

The experience at its north end is more serene as the trail winds through patches of trees and open areas. Going south, the trail borders residential neighborhoods and then commercial areas beginning mid-trail. There will also be some light industrial activity along the last leg of the trail.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking and restrooms are available at the north end of the trail in Freeman Park (located on Science Center Drive).

Idaho Falls Greenbelt Reviews

We started our ride at Freeman Park on Science Center Drive and did an out-and-back ride for the entire trail.

The greenbelt guide that is available online is broken down into sections and is somewhat confusing. The trail is paved but the trail surface is a mixed bag. Some parts are narrow with tree roots protruding on the trail. Other sections, such as the east side of Memorial Loop, are wide and recently re-paved.

There is no signage at all. At some points, the trail crosses some major intersections such as the Pancheri Bridge and there was little thought given to how the cyclist might safely cross the busy street. The trail along the Sunnyside Extension passes through an industrial area. You can continue along the west side of the trail and cycle through the Snake River Landing Trails but, again, no signage as to how to get there.

This city is not cyclist friendly so you’ll have to watch out for motorists who don’t know how to behave around cyclists.

The section of the trail near downtown called Temple Loop and Memorial Loops are pretty and take you through parks along the Snake River. There is some nice artwork in the parks with plenty of green grass and places to sit and have a picnic.

Overall, I feel that this path is geared more for walkers. However, it is an interesting way to see a slice of downtown Idaho Falls that is quicker than walking.

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