Lewistown City Trail System


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Lewistown City Trail System Facts

States: Montana
Counties: Fergus
Length: 20 miles
Trail end points: E. Main Street and SR 87 (Highway 87)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 9272209

Lewistown City Trail System Description

The Lewiston Trails System refers to the 20 miles of multi-purpose trail winding through this central Montana community. The trails are usable all-year round. Every few miles, the terrain switches, from paved urban pathways connecting businesses and schools downtown, to the crushed gravel cutting swaths through remarkable natural areas. Whether you choose to walk, hike or bike, the Lewiston Trails present the best of the quintessential Montana vistas of mountains, prairies and farmland.  

Much of the trail system occupies the former railroad bed of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad. The abandoned railroad was acquired in 2006. The tracks were removed and then bed surface improved with crushed gravel to create 10-foot wide paths for recreational physical activity.  

High points of the trail system include the Brewery Flats Recreation Area and the Frog Ponds area. Brewery Flats is a former industrial site that was reclaimed and restored in the 1990s. Big Spring Creek, was rerouted and the fish habitat restored and native riparian species replanted. These efforts transformed the brownfield into a vibrant natural area with plenty of wildlife. The trail here runs through grassy plains and then meanders alongside the creek for a spell.

The Frog Ponds have also been restored. First constructed in the mid-20th century, the two ponds had filled with sediment so they were dug out and stocked with trout. Trail users can pause here on the benches provided and take in the serenity of the water before moving further along. Naturally, the ponds are popular fishing spots.

For equestrians, there is an 8-mile section (16miles both ways) which runs parallel to the former railroad bed. To ride this segment of trail, begin on the western edge of Lewistown. The trail takes riders through the countryside, where quaint farmland morphs into picturesque riparian habitat.

Parking and Trail Access

The Yogo Inn trailhead (211 East Main Street) trailhead is commonly used as a starting point for trail users. From here, you can head south on the trail. 

Lewistown City Trail System Reviews

Nice trails in town

We rode the trails from the fair grounds through town and west for a total of 15 miles one way. We rode them on drop bar bills with 700x32c tires with tubes and some tread in drop bar bikes (no suspension). We rode US-101 a short distance and got on the trail near the livestock auction area just across from the fairgrounds. Initially it was small gravel and the tires were fine. There were some short wooden bridges and there were bumps at each bridge. I would guess after about a mile the trail was paved with a very nice surface. That continued through town for about 3 miles. There were a number of street crossings. Most were no-traffic residential areas. One was Main Street, which ha

great in town trails and not far from creek!

Good for walking running or riding!

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