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The Jim Dutcher Trail offers 6.5 miles of paved pathway along the Yellowstone River through eastern Billings up to the northeastern neighborhoods of Billings Heights.
Along the way, the trail is dotted with community parks. Begin your journey in wooded Two Moon Park and meander south through Earl Guss Park with its man-made waterfall, followed by Coulson Park and Mystic Park, where the trail ends.
For a little more riding or walking, you can connect to the Alkali Creek Trail on the northern half of the trail, near Earl Gus Park.
Parking is available within the parks along the trail (north to south):
The Yellowstone River bridge at I-90 is being replaced. Since the trail goes under I-90 at this location, the trail underpass will be closed until July 2024. The no nearby crossings for a detour. The web site for the construction is https://www.mdt.mt.gov/pubinvolve/i90yellowstone/
Perfect for a family ride. Took 5 of us about an hour to go from St Mary Rd in the Heights to the Yellowstone River parking lot just past the 90 overpass and back. Ages 13-49 were on the trip. We weren’t pushing it at all.
The north end of this is part of a NPRR spur that went to Shepard to serve the grain elevator there. Paved with concrete a access to Two Moon Park and Wal Mart! So that part is truly a Rails to Trails.
Nice paved trail along the river, fairly flat and smooth with nice views. The north couple of miles is on an abandoned railroad grade through neighborhoods. Just south of the bridge over Alkali Creek near the sewer plant is the turnoff to get to Alkali Creek trail and Swords Park Trail. This connection goes under HWY 87(Main Street) but still a couple of blocks riding on the sidewalk.
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