Great Falls has an abundance of recreation areas that are free and open to the public. Whether you are just visiting for a few days and want to experience just a slice of the great outdoors available in or around the city, or if you live here full time, there is something here for everyone. From historic locations and family-friendly favorites to all-day excursions and do-able trail runs, we’ve rounded up some of the Great Fall's “must do” trails, State Parks and public lands to explore.

River’s Edge Trail

Credit: City of Great Falls


Ryan Island Park

Credit: Tim Carpenter,

Website | 160 Ryan Dam Rd, Great Falls, MT 59404

Giant Springs State Park

Credit: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Website | 4803 Giant Springs Rd, Great Falls, MT 59405

First People’s Buffalo Jump State Park

Credit: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Website | 342 Ulm Vaughn Rd, Ulm, MT 59485

Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Credit: Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge Facebook Page

Website | 922 Bootlegger Trail, Great Falls, MT 59404

Looking for local fishing spots?

Wadsworth Park has fishing access, in addition to walking and biking trails. Visit Central Montana Tourism Office’s list here.

Looking for walking and biking trails in a Great Falls area park?

Use the search filters here to find exactly what you are looking for. 

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