Parks, Trails & River Access

Columbia Falls and the surrounding area are trail rich, as the small communities are truly surrounded by wilderness and serve as gateways to the wild. In Columbia Falls, you can get river-side with a walk around 20+ acre River’s Edge Park and also on the trail network adjacent to a large treed playground at Marantette Park. A paved bike path connects the schools as well as the municipal Pinewood Aquatic Center. Several other playgrounds can be found throughout town, including tennis courts, baseball fields, a municipal pool, and an outdoor band shell.

Just before exiting the east end of the city of Columbia Falls on Highway 2 is the Teakettle river access. Upstream from here are several more river accesses, including House of Mystery and the South Fork Bridge. Upstream are three forks of the Flathead River, the North, Middle and South Forks. Each flows from a pristine place in the wilderness of Montana. Head downstream to the next access point at Kokanee Bend. From here the river is wide and braided as it makes its way through the farmlands to Flathead Lake .

A popular local  hike to the top of Columbia Mountain begins on Berne Roads at the end of Monte Vista Dr. in Columbia Heights. Continue on down highway 2 east to Hungry Horse and Martin City, and discover the miles of roads and trails surrounding the impressive Hungry Horse Reservoir. The paved Gateway to Glacier Trail connects Hungry Horse, Coram, and soon-to-be West Glacier in the summer of 2016.

Head north out of town on the North Fork Road (Forest Service road 486) towards river accesses at Blankenship Bridge, Glacier Rim, Great Northern Flats and several others along the North Fork Flathead River, all the way to Polebridge and the Canadian border. Along the way are two entrances to Glacier National Park and numerous trail heads on both Forest Service and National Park lands.