North Pathway

Wyoming

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North Pathway Facts

States: Wyoming
Counties: Teton
Length: 20.3 miles
Trail end points: Mercill Avenue and US 89 (Jackson) and Jenny Lake Visitor Center (Grand Teton National Park)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7811243
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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North Pathway Description

Teton County's North Pathway begins in Jackson and heads north to the Jenny Lake Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park. The paved pathway offers beautiful views of the iconic Grand Teton mountains, wide open ranges of sagebrush, and opportunities to see wildlife, such as elk, bison, and pronghorns. Paralleling but separated from Highway 89 and Teton Park Road, the pathway offers a safe and comfortable way to traverse the Jackson Hole valley.

The southern end of the trail passes through a National Elk Refuge. To learn more about the wildlife in the refuge, stop at the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center on the north end of Jackson. In this area, you'll also find Flat Creek, a popular spot for fishing; you can pick up a fishing license at the visitor center.

For a worthwhile side trip, take the underpass that forks off from the trail and visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art (2820 Rungius Road), which offers a collection of American art dating from the 19th and 20th centuries, a Sculpture Trail, a family-friendly Children’s Discovery Gallery, and a café. The building itself is a stunner, designed to match the surrounding landscape.

You'll continue on a bridge over the scenic Gros Venture River, pedal past the Jackson Hole Airport, and cross the Snake River. Midway, the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose offers displays on mountaineering, local history, and wildlife.

At the north end of the trail, the Jenny Lake Visitor Center provides exhibits and programming on the geology and ecology of the region. Travelers can also connect to the Jenny Lake Trail to follow the lake's eastern shoreline.

Back in Jackson, you can also enjoy the Jackson Hole Community Pathway System, offering another 27 miles of trail throughout the community and beyond to Wilson and Teton Village.

Parking and Trail Access

Three visitor centers along the trail provide parking, restrooms, and drinking water (from south to north):

  • Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center (532 N. Cache Street, Jackson)

  • Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center (1 Teton Park Road, Moose)

  • Jenny Lake Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park

 

 

North Pathway Reviews

Been on bike paths in Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Utah, and California.
This bike path system here in Teton County / Jackson Hole is by far the best I've ever ridden, for a variety of reasons... but mainly, what other dedicated bike path network has the most gorgeous scenery any where in the entire USA [Okay... IMHO]...

I rode this trail the day before the eclipse. I did a round trip from Jackson to Jenny Lake. The trail is awesome, with great views of the Tetons all the way. Other than a couple minor climbs, its a cake ride. I parked at the Jackson Visitor's Center and despite the signs saying 2 hour parking, I asked and was able to park my car in their lot for the entire trip. The Jenny Lake store has a water bottle re-fill station with THE best water! Can't wait to go back next summer..

Rode a total of 21 miles on this trail in June, 2016 with my grandson and about the same again in June, 2017 with my wife. With the nearby mountains and meadows there is ample photo opportunity. The trail is asphalt with only minor elevation variance. If I'm ever in this area again I will be sure and ride this trail again.

Accordion

My wife and I just finished riding from the Moose Crossing Visitors Center up to Jenny Lake. About 15.5 miles round trip. This is a great trail for all ages. There is only one hill climb in this section, just after the park entrance but it can be done without much trouble. The rest of the trip to Jenny Lake is up hill but a very gentle climb. We saw some great scenery along the way including beautiful landscapes, some wild life and lots of June desert flowers. When you get to Jenny Lake there is a store, restrooms and lots of places to rest for the trip down the hill. Don't forget to check out the lake... it is beautiful. The return trip back to the Visitors Center goes quick and easy. The trail is in great shape... we only saw a couple of places where the roots of trees had rippled the asphalt. I would recommend this bike path to anyone who likes getting out of town to ride and enjoy the sites.

I'm a paraplegic manual wheeler; I took this trail in September 2012 for about 2 miles south from the northern trailhead at Jenny Lake visitor center. Truly amazing views of the always-impressive Tetons, as you're only about a mile or so (and on the closest paved surface) from the mountains. In addition to the obvious scenic attractiveness, also a moving experience to take this one: it is dedicated to (and was built to honor) the memory of a 13-year-old girl (Gabriella Axelrad) who was killed while bicycling on the main Grand Teton National Park road in 1999. Truly a life-changing experience.

A very good workout fra Jackson to Jenny Lake and back. Best in Wyoming by far.

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