Tobacco River Memorial Trail (Kootenai Trail)


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Tobacco River Memorial Trail (Kootenai Trail) Facts

States: Montana
Counties: Lincoln
Length: 7.4 miles
Trail end points: Riverside Park (Eureka) and Lake Ct. (Rexford)
Trail surfaces: Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016379
Trail activities: Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Tobacco River Memorial Trail (Kootenai Trail) Description

The Tobacco River Memorial Trail, also known as the Kootenai Trail, offers northwestern Montana scenery as it stretches 7 miles from Eureka to Rexford off Lake Koocanusa. Much of the trail is wooded and follows the Tobacco River along a former railroad bed. Although not paved, the trail is relatively flat and not strenuous. Surrounded by Forest Service land, you may see deer, wild turkeys, bald eagles or even a black bear.

In Eureka, be sure to stop at the Tobacco Valley Historical Village with beautifully restored pioneer buildings, some dating back to the late 1800s and early 1900s. Rail buffs will also enjoy seeing an old Great Northern caboose and the Old Rexford Depot along the trail.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available on the east end of the trail in Eureka's Riverside Park.

Tobacco River Memorial Trail (Kootenai Trail) Reviews

You ride the old train tracks and the rock bed is there to remind you along the way. The views of the river, and bridges, and wildlife is worth every pedal. There are many side areas to play on. They are meant for the motorcycles and other motorized vehicles, but we had a blast playing on them as well. Many benches to stop and enjoy the views, plus some restrooms along the way. This is a great afternoon ride from Eureka to Lake Koocanusa. We will ride this one again next summer. The historic village in Eureka is worth stopping at also.

This is a bumpy, irregular trail for Tri-Cruiser, rocks, large gravel. Parallels RR grade. However the scenery is good. Turned around after 2.2 miles after a rider told me that to get to Rexford the trail became steep single track out of the River Valley.
Drove over the trail on Hwy 37 ( N48.89587 W 115.11553 ) just before Rexford and took pictures from the bridge.
I could not fine access to the trail off the dirt road, on the NW side of Hwy, that ends under the bridge .
Parking in Eureka City Park N48.87783 W115.05344 2598 ft, it is close to start of trail just across the river. For the Eureka Riverwalk parking in Tobacco Valley Historical Village. Noel Keller 21 Apr 09

Very friendly trail with great scenery. I live in the town of the trail and ride it alot during the spring to late fall months. It has been a great improvement to my little town.

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