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Parks and nature in Missoula

Top parks

Outdoors & Recreation
“Gateway to hiking, biking and cross-country skiing. A beautiful gem right up the road. Up the road about a mile.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Park
“Nice place to include in a walk down town . On the Clark-fork River . Nice grassy park to picnic or hang out and watch the surfers and kayakers on Brennan’s wave. Many great events and festivals at the big tent during spring, summer, and fall. Farmers market in Saturday’s with great local food, including fish from Alaska (Taste of Alaska). Check out the carousel...”
  • 19 locals recommend
Park
“Woodland park with a creek running through it, you won't even feel like you're in a city. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Park
“It’s a great place to hike for the day and just a 5 minute drive from the apt. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Park
“A surf able wave in the middle of a city in the Rocky Mountains? You betcha!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Campground
“Great place to bring your pups. Huge forest area with many trails for hiking, trail running, mountain biking, and xc skiing. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Currents is an indoor water park in McCormick Park and features a children's water playground, fitness pool for lap swim and aquacize, two exciting water slides, and a sparkling spa. Currents is home to Parks and Recreation Headquarters and Headwaters, a state-of-art community room available for public use. Ripples Party Room at Currents is the perfect place for your next birthday, youth function or special event!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“ Good trail for running/walking with interpretive signs. It's a short walk to a nice sandy beach for swimming or putting in for a float. Also a great meadow for finding bugs and birdwatching. Just watch out for the mosquitoes, bug spray is a MUST. Trail to the river may be flooded in spring/early summer. Has pit toilets/outhouses.”
  • 4 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Park
“Local city park with basketball, tennis & volleyball facilities, a shelter & accessible playground.”
  • 1 local recommends
Park
“In addition to the tennis courts, there's lots of play structures, and a water fountain to play in during the summer months. Also during the summer are free weekly music gatherings, Music in the Park. Lots of room to throw a frisbee or ball around.”
  • 1 local recommends

Trails

Trail
“A unbeatable birds eye view of Missoula and the University. As you gain elevation, the view expands to include all of Missoula, the valley, the Clark Fork River, and distant mountains. It's a steep trail, but only about 1 mile, with 11 switchbacks and a gain of 620 feet of elevation.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Park
“Woodland park with a creek running through it, you won't even feel like you're in a city. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Trail
“Another quick hike in town with great views. You can stop at the top of the hill or continue on for a large loop. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Trail
“Trails up to the top of Mount Sentinel as across Higgins and through the University housing and golf course backroad. Easy access to the trail that takes you over to the "M".”
  • 13 locals recommend
Trail
“Slow down and walk the Riverfront Trail. At the start of a new day or nearing dusk, the views of the big Montana sky are breathtaking. The river, downtown and skyline all come together on this unique trail running right through the heart of town. Be sure to bring a leash if you have pets!”
  • 1 local recommends
Trail
“Excellent quick and simple hike with views of Missoula and the surrounding areas. Quick and easy to find trailhead. Plus, dog friendly! *Be advised: Missoulians love to have their dogs off-leash on this trail*”
  • 3 locals recommend
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