Bigfork Nature Trails | Bigfork, Montana

With a trailhead right in town, the Bigfork Nature Trails (formerly 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, Montana. 

The gated, one mile-long non-motorized section overlooks the rushing whitewater 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.

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Latitude: 48.063174 Longitude: -114.070976 Elevation: 2995 ft
the best travel advice comes from the people who live here
Sheena Pate

Trail Vertical Gain or Loss

Level Trail

Highlights and Best Features of this Trail

  • Trail is open year round to hikers, horseback riders, bikers and cross-country skiers.
  • On Tuesday mornings join Montana Native Plant Society for two hours of birding and plant identification along trail. Click HERE to learn more.

Trail Distance

2 miles

Type of Trail Experience


Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark

From U.S. Highway 35, turn west on Grand Drive heading into downtown Bigfork. Continue on Grand Drive past Electric Avenue. The trailhead is at the top of the hill where Grand Avenue ends. Park in designated areas and do not block gate.


Easy and fun trail to hike before or after spending time in downtown Bigfork. (Also, a neat experience.) Beautiful views of the Swan River.

Rick & Beth Heaton, 7/24/2019

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