Platte River Trail (WY)

Wyoming

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Platte River Trail (WY) Facts

States: Wyoming
Counties: Natrona
Length: 10 miles
Trail end points: Buffalo St. and Pathfinder St. and Bryan Stock Trail, near the North Casper Sports Complex
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 9429988
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Platte River Trail (WY) Description

The Platte River Trail provides 10 miles of paved pathway through the Wyoming community of Casper. The trail hugs both sides of the North Platte River from Paradise Valley Park on its west end to the North Casper Sports Complex on the east side of town. On the journey, you’ll have views of the river and city skyline and traverse several parks and natural landscapes. Look for interpretive signage, wildlife viewing spots and public art along the way.

A good place to begin your trail trip is Morad Park, which offers river access and picnic tables—a perfect place for a picnic lunch. From there, you’ll head north and soon reach the Fort Caspar Museum, once a frontier outpost and now a place to learn about Casper’s first 100 years. You’ll cross the river and follow its northern shoreline, soon arriving at the Tate Pumphouse, a beautifully restored historical building with an outdoor patio and views of Casper Mountain.

Continue heading east along the north side of the river to reach Amoco Park. If instead, you cross the river at the Pumphouse, you’ll trace the southern shoreline past the Three Crowns Golf Course, a public 18-hole course. If you’re up for more riding, east of the golf course you can also pick up the Casper Rail Trail, which loosely parallels U.S. Highway 26.

Past Amoco Park and the golf course, the trail winds northeast into North Platte Park. The trail skirts the North Casper Soccer Fields and ends shortly thereafter at the Bryan Stock Trail.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available on the trail’s west end at Paradise Valley Park (31 Begonia St.) and at Morad Park (2800 SW Wyoming Blvd.), midway at Amoco Park (1007 W. 1st St.), and on the trail’s east end at the North Casper Soccer Fields (1600 E. K St.).

Platte River Trail (WY) Reviews

The trail is 10 miles of all-concrete, alternating on both sides of the North Platte River, from Riverbend Road in the (south)west to the North Casper Sports Complex in the (north)east. It mostly follows the river, with an extension loop [which is only shown in Google Maps (yet)] around the Three Crowns Golf Course on the south bank of the river, and it is a fantastically well-kept trail, even with bike repair stations on the way.
For convenience of parking, and because we wanted to see the grounds and the museum, we started our ride at Fort Caspar, and then rode towars the north-east, I alll the way up to the end and back, whereas my wife turned around sooner. Both of us thoroughly enjoeyd the ride.

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