Whether biking, jogging, in-line skating, running or walking is your favorite outdoor activity: the River's Edge Trail is the perfect venue. The paved urban trail links many local parks and attractions along both sides of our scenic and historic riverfront. It is fully accessible and dotted with benches, tables, picnic shelters, rest rooms, interpretive panels, sculptures and drinking fountains, and is served by 13 convenient trailhead parking areas.
The paved River's Edge Trail connects Warden Park, Oddfellows Park, Broadwater Bay, Electric City Water Park, Tourist Park, Elks Riverside Park, Riverside Railyard Skate Park, Pacific Steel & Recycling Dog Park, West Bank Park, Black Eagle Memorial Island, Giant Springs State Park and Crooked Falls Overlook with connections to the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Great Falls Civic Center, Whittier Park, Margaret Park and Gibson Park.
View the city and surrounding mountains through the new telescope near the Warden Park Gazebo. Cross a restored Milwaukee Railroad bridge and check out Garden Home Park and new developments on the west side of the downtown. You are always sure to see a variety of birds along the trail through West Bank Park, especially around Sacagawea Island. Don't miss a visit to Black Eagle Memorial Island where you will cross a historic truss bridge, hear and feel the hum of the turbines and look up at Black Eagle Falls.
Most of the paved urban trail is owned and maintained by the City of Great Falls. River's Edge Trail is a result of a cooperative partnership effort by the City of Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Montana Department of Transportation, electric utility PPL Montana, Recreational Trails, Inc. (a volunteer trail advocacy group), and a supportive community.
Full color trail maps are available at the Park & Recreation Department and the Visitors Center.
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