Naturalist Hike Along the Swan River Nature Trail

Local conservationists lead weekly hikes in May and June along Bigfork's Wild Mile of the Swan River to view birds and identify wildflowers.

Continuing now for many years, volunteer naturalist Anne Morley leads an easy amble on during spring months and an occasional winter outing, sponsored by the Native Plant Society. There's no cost to attend, but bring your own water, binoculars, hand lens and field guides appropriate to birds and plants.

On Tuesday mornings, join Neal Brown of Flathead Audubon and Ann Morley of the Montana Native Plant Society for two hours of birding and plant identification along Bigfork's Wild Mile Nature Trail. This trail is level and appropriate for all ages. Meet at 10 a.m. in front of Showthyme on Electric Avenue.

With a trailhead right in town, the Swan River Nature Trail is a focal project of local residents committed to maintaining public access along this wild stretch of the Swan River. Once the old highway to the Swan Valley, this level trail follows the Swan River east out of Bigfork. The trailhead is at the east end of Grand Avenue, a couple of blocks up the hill past the Bigfork Inn.

The gated, mile-long non-motorized section overlooks the rushing white water of Swan River's "wildmile," scene of May kayak races. The road continues for another mile past the Bigfork Dam to the new Kearney Rapids Bridge at Swan River Road bridge. Horseback riders, bikers and skiers also use this road.

If you're unable to join Neal and Anne, this is still a great riverside trail to experience on your own!

 

Host or Sponsoring Group for Experience

Flathead Audubon Club and the Montana Native Plant Society

 

Activity Level to be Expected

Easy

 

Costs to Participate

No cost

Location

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Nearby
Latitude: 48.0623512 Longitude: -114.0734711 Elevation: 2936 ft
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