Map of recreational trails in the Missoula area

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Recreational trails for walking, running and cycling in Missoula, Montana

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Missoula, Montana

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BIKE PATHS / WALKING PATHS

Big Sky Park

Bitterroot Trail

Campbell Park Trail

Canyon River Trail

Grant Creek Trail

Kim Williams Nature Trail

Milwaukee Trail

South Avenue Multi-Use Path

Spartan Park Trail

Missoula is a city with a population of about 70,000 that is located in west-central Montana. It is located on the Clark Fork River near the confluence with the Bitterroot River. It is surrounded by five mountain ranges, is 2.5 hours south of Glacier National Park and 4.5 hours northwest of Yellowstone National Park. It is home to the University of Montana. 

There are several recreational trails located in Missoula for commuting and enjoying the natural beauty of the area.

Bitterroot Branch Trail

The Bitterroot Branch Trail follows the abandoned railroad bed diagonally through the southern portion of the city. It is currently laid out in three separate sections. There are plans for connecting these sections and for extending the trail down to the town of Lolo to connect with the 41-mile long paved Bitterroot Trail that parallels Highway 93 as far south as Hamilton.

On the east end of the Milwaukee Trail you can connect to the Kim Williams Nature Trail heading east along the south banks of the Clark Fork River. You can also connect with the Riverfront Trails.

Grant Creek Trail

Grant Creek Trail is a 2.5-mile long trail that follows alongside Grant Creek Road to the north of Missoula. The trail stretches from Interstate 90 to the city boundary to Starwood Drive.

Milwaukee Trail

The Milwaukee Trail is a 2-mile long paved trail roughly follows another abandoned railroad line extending from the Clark Fork Natural Area at S Orange Street and Cregg Lane going west to S. Grover Street on the west side of N. Reserve Street. The trail was recently constructed on the west part of town and may not show in satellite view. this trail wanders through residential areas.

Kim Williams Nature Trail

The Kim William Nature Trail is a 4-mile long paved and unpaved trail that travels along the south bank of the Clark Fork River. The west end of the trail is located at Clark Fork Natural Area on S. Orange Street. The trail heads to the east from here and goes under the S. Higgins Avenue bridge then through Toole Park. It then goes under the Madison Street bridge and through Madison Park.

Continuing going east, the Kim Williams Nature Trail is a dirt path that goes through the forest of the Kim Williams Natural Trail Area for another 2.5 miles.

Riverfront Trails

The Riverfront Trails are paved trails that wander along the Clark Fork River near the Heart of Missoula. The trails pass through Downtown Lions ParkMcCormick Park, Bess Reed Park and Kiwanis Park. There is a pedestrian bridge at the end of N. California Street and a pedestrian lane on the Orange Street bridge for crossing the river. There are also a couple of other short sections of trails along the river to the east which are accessible from E. Broadway Street.

Big Sky Park

If you are just looking for a place to run or walk away from traffic, head over to the path around Big Sky Park. the park is located in southwest Missoula on Spurgin Road and 37th Avenue. The loop trail is unpaved and 1.7 miles long.

Canyon River Trail

The Canyon River Trail is a 2.5-mile long loop of paved and unpaved pathways that wrap around the Canyon River Golf Couse in East Missoula.

Resources

Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the recreational trails for bike riding and walking in Missoula, Montana.