Idaho State Parks Trails

To find trails in Idaho state parks for activities such as hiking and biking, select a region or trail below.

North Idaho Centennial Trail :: Coeur d'Alene Parkway State Park, ID

North Idaho Centennial Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. It is within Coeur d'Alene Parkway State Park. It is 5.0 miles long and begins at 2,186 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.1 miles with a total elevation

Lake Cascade State Park/Northwest :: Donnelly, ID

These five campgrounds—Poison Creek, West Mountain, Buttercup, Curlew, and Huckleberry—are all bunched closely together, several of them separated only by a fence and a name, and they are almost identical in appearance and services. Generally, they a

Ponderosa State Park :: McCall, ID

Finding the campground: From downtown McCall, where ID 55 turns left at the Hotel McCall, take Lakeside Road north along Payette Lake about 3 miles to the park. The campground: One of the plushest and one of the larger (and one of the more expensive)

Winchester Lake State Park :: Winchester, ID

The lake is regularly stocked with rainbow trout, and fishing is popular as a result. (Don’t try running a motor on your boat, however; they’re prohibited on this smallish lake.) Several camping loops are located on the west side of the lake. A boat

Dworshak State Park :: Orofino, ID

The main camping area is the 102-site Freeman Creek Campground, located next to a boat ramp on Dworshak Reservoir. Fishing is popular here, and there is even a fish- cleaning station at the campground. There are three main loops of campsites and thre

Hells Gate State Park :: Lewiston, ID

Hells Gate has a deeply ancient history, the site of unusual lava flows from millions of years ago, massive floods 15,000 years ago during the Ice Age, and a Nez Perce fishing village more than a century ago. Your first impression of this area today,

McCroskey State Park :: Potlatch, ID

The second-oldest state park, this is one of Idaho’s most unusual camping areas. Virgil McCroskey owned land along the Washington–Idaho border and in the late 1940s offered to donate it to both states. Washington quickly accepted, but McCroskey had t

Heyburn State Park :: Plummer, ID

This is one of the larger public campgrounds in Idaho, located in what the state of Idaho says is the oldest public park in the Northwest (founded in 1908 and named for a US senator who disapproved of state parks). Heyburn is located just south of th

Farragut State Park :: Athol, ID

Farragut is located on the southernmost reach of Lake Pend Oreille, not Lake Coeur d’Alene. It has one of the most distinctive histories of any park in Idaho. During World War II, the area was taken over as a naval training base, and close to 300,000

Round Lake State Park :: Sandpoint, ID

Round Lake is a small, relatively shallow (about 37 feet at its deepest), circular (as its name implies) glacial lake only a few miles south of Pend Oreille, and one of Idaho’s older state parks (established in 1965). It’s a good place for boating an

Priest Lake State Park :: Priest River, ID

Priest Lake State Park has three camping areas. Dickensheet is located about 4 miles south of Coolin, next to the Priest River (not the lake). Rafts and canoes can be launched there and taken up and down the Priest River. The Indian Creek area, 11 mi

Three Island Crossing State Park :: Glenns Ferry, ID

One of just a handful of public campgrounds along the Snake River, and one of the largest state campgrounds in Idaho, this is a full-service campground with modern conveniences and a historic location. At this point on the Snake River, Oregon Trail t

Bruneau Dunes State Park :: Bruneau, ID

This is a grassy area out in the desert. You didn’t expect forests in a park renowned for its sand dunes, did you? The campground, which is relatively modern and has both electric and water hookups, is about 0.5 mile from the nearest of the sand dune

Lake Cascade State Park/Sugarloaf :: Cascade, ID

Finding the campground: Drive 8.8 miles north of Cascade on ID 55, turn left at the campground sign, driving west (there is no road name), and continue 2 miles to the reservoir. The campground: Sugarloaf is an open-air, well-developed water’s edg

Lake Cascade State Park/Van Wyck :: Cascade, ID

This park area abuts the city of Cascade; a residential area overlooks the park, the beach, and the reservoir. The state park looks a little like a city park. It is well maintained (like the other state campgrounds in the area) and a pleasant and con

Lake Cascade State Park/Crown Point :: Cascade, ID

Finding the campground: From Cascade start to head out of town north on ID 55, but turn left (west) at the Cascade Dam spillway and head up the hill; the campground is less than a mile from either the highway or the town below. The campground: Cl

Lake Cascade State Park/Big Sage :: Cascade, ID

Created in 2002, this is one of the newer campgrounds in the area. It is less shady than most of the others; trees have been planted but most are not yet fully mature. The location is nice, though: an unobstructed spot on the beach of Lake Cascad

Lake Cascade State Park/Blue Heron :: Cascade, ID

Blue Heron is located just south of Big Sage and similar to the five state park campgrounds on the northwest side of the reservoir: well-kept lawn and an open view, looking out toward the west (instead of toward the east). This is a good place fo

Skyline Drive :: Mary Minerva Mc Croskey Memorial State Park, ID

Skyline Drive is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Latah County and Benewah County, Idaho. It is within Clearwater National Forest and Mary Minerva Mc Croskey Memorial State Park. It is 9.5 miles long and begins at 3,966 feet altitude. Traveling t

Levee Path :: Hells Gate State Park, ID

Levee Path is a hiking and biking trail in Lewiston, Idaho. It is within Hells Gate State Park. It is 4.1 miles long and begins at 753 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 193 feet. Along the trail the

Aspen Loop :: Ponderosa State Park, ID

Aspen Loop is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in McCall, Idaho. It is within Ponderosa State Park. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 5,022 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is a mile with a total elevation gain of 44 feet.

Huckleberry Loop :: Ponderosa State Park, ID

Huckleberry Loop is a hiking and biking trail in Valley County, Idaho. It is within Ponderosa State Park. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 5,068 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 212 feet. The Duc

Blackberry Loop :: Ponderosa State Park, ID

Blackberry Loop is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in McCall, Idaho. It is within Ponderosa State Park. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 5,018 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is a mile with a total elevation gain of 23 feet.

Lake Walcott State Park :: Rupert, ID

The campground is located next to the Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge, which includes all of Lake Walcott and considerable land on its eastern side, so there are loads of animals to see. The location on the shore of Lake Walcott (an artificial lak

Bear Lake State Park :: Saint Charles, ID

Bear Lake is an unusual body of water in many ways. For one thing, it looks more turquoise than blue. For another, it is home to the Bonneville cisco fish, which can be found nowhere else on earth. The lake is popular in the region for fishing, boati

Massacre Rocks State Park :: American Falls, ID

It’s a desert campground but right next to the Snake River. There are two loops: the Upper Campground (closer to the visitor center and dump station) and the Lower Campground (closer to the Snake River and fishing access). The area is mostly unshaded

Snake River, Massacre Rocks State Park :: American Falls, ID

Below American Falls dam the Snake River leaves the highway and cuts through a small gorge. If you’re traveling the long miles across southern Idaho and need a few hours of splashy river time, this accessible stretch is a good option. The river is

Henry’s Fork, Harriman State Park :: Big Springs, ID

From Last Chance to Osborne Bridge below Harriman State Park, the Henry’s Fork winds through a big, broad, beautiful meadow with views of timber- covered mountains and ample opportunities to see wildlife including numerous bird species. The Henry

Lake Pend Oreille, Farragut State Park :: Coeur d'Alene, ID

The 4,000-acre Farragut State Park is situated at the south end of Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho’s largest lake—and at more than 11,000 feet deep, its deepest. The park has spectacular sandy beaches, pine forests, beautiful meadows, and ample camping. Nam

Henrys Fork–Harriman State Park :: Ashton, ID

To many fly fishers the seven miles of river in the Last Chance/Harriman State Park area is Henrys Fork. Despite siltation, weeds, and regulations, this is some of the greatest dry fly water in the United States. “The Ranch” (as many locals still cal

Bruneau Dunes State Park: Big Dune Hike :: Boise, ID

Ascend to the top of the largest single-formation sand dune in North America. From your elevated status on the dunes, you can view the distant Owyhee Mountains to the south, Flat Iron Butte to the north, Bennett Mountain to the north, and the lakes a

Bruneau Dunes State Park :: Mountain Home, ID

These are the tallest sand dunes in North America. The trail winds through two small lakes where fishing and bird-watching opportunities abound. It’s a unique mix of desert, dune, prairie, marsh, and lake habitats.

Malad Gorge State Park :: Twin Falls, ID

Enjoy scenic overlooks into 250-foot Malad Gorge and Hagerman Valley, along with a 60-foot waterfall, springs, and raptor-watching. This 652-acre state park is located at an elevation of 3,270 feet, making for a good early- or late-season excursion.

Willow Lakeview Loop :: Athol, ID

Hike along the shore of Lake Pend Oreille. Along the way you will pass an abandoned anti-aircraft battery, part of the World War II–era Farragut Military Base. Most of the trail junctions in Farragut State Park are marked with numbers on guideposts.

Lynx Trail :: Athol, ID

More than just a single trail, the Lynx Trail is a system of trails that link most points in the southern part of Farragut State Park. The description here is of the main loop of the Lynx Trail system. Some of the connecting trails are covered in the

Fireplace to Mission Mountain Summit :: Tensed, ID

Hike the mostly gentle trail along Skyline Ridge in Idaho’s second-oldest and thirdlargest state park. Elk or at least their tracks can be found all along this route, and white-tailed deer may be expected at any point. Dogs are allowed but must be

James E. Dewey–Iron Mountain Loop :: Tensed, ID

The 5,000-acre-plus Mary Minerva McCroskey State Park, because of its remote location and no-fee policies, is a great place to spend a few days hiking and camping. Two of the three campgrounds in the park are located on mountaintops and the third is

Buttonhook Bay Loop :: Athol, ID

Hike the shoreline of Lake Pend Oreille, passing the site of historic Pend Oreille City and around Buttonhook Bay. Then return through the second-growth transitional-zone forest, which abounds with white-tailed deer, passing Peek Hole Rock along the

Beaver Bay Shoreline Loop :: Athol, ID

Hike along the shoreline of Idlewilde Bay, which is part of beautiful Lake Pend Oreille. Most but not all of the trail junctions in Farragut State Park are marked with numbers on guideposts. These numbers correspond with the numbers on the Farragut S

Highpoint Trail :: Athol, ID

Hike to Highpoint Viewpoint overlooking Buttonhook Bay at the southwest end of spectacular Lake Pend Oreille. Watch for the many white-tailed deer that are common in this area. Unlike most places where trails are numbered, at Farragut State Park m

CCC Nature Trail :: Coeur d'Alene, ID

Hike on a self- guided nature trail high above Chatcolet Lake in Heyburn State Park. Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Company #1995 constructed the CCC Nature Trail in 1937, at the height of the Great Depression. Pick up a copy of the Civilian Co

Amanita/Rainbow Point :: Donnelly, ID

Amanita and Rainbow Point, which are next door to each other, are located in between the open-meadowed and well-manicured Lake Cascade State Park sites but are nothing like them: These are much more like standard, woodsy, more rugged forest service c

St. Anthony Sand Dunes :: Rexburg, ID

This is essentially a dispersed camping area but still heavily used. The sand dunes are certainly worth a look—as high as 600 feet and stretching out over hundreds of acres. (They are similar to, but smaller than, the dunes at Bruneau, which has stat

Easley :: Ketchum, ID

This is one of the more developed public campgrounds in the state, owing partly to the private groups involved with it. (The campground store—an unusual thing in public campgrounds—is owned and operated by the Idaho Baptist Convention.) This camp

Boise River, Boise River Park and Quinn’s Pond :: Boise, ID

In 2012 the city of Boise unveiled the first phase of a multi- million-dollar river park on the Boise River near Quinn’s Pond. The $3.6 million first phase involved installing two state- of- the- art pneumatically operated air bladders that elevate s

Henrys Fork–Osborne Bridge to Pine Haven :: Pine Haven, ID

Over the years this area has been called the Gravel Pit, Osborne Springs, Piney Point or the most commonly accepted label, Woodroad 16. Though similar in structure to the nearby Harriman State Park section, the slow meandering river runs deep, so cro

Whitetail–Shoeffler Butte Loops :: Plummer, ID

The Whitetail Loop is aptly named. White-tailed deer are common all along the way, as are bear tracks and sign. Generally following easy grades, the route traverses the open forests typical of the inland Northwest. By adding the Shoeffler Butte Loop

Lone Pine Viewpoint :: Tensed, ID

Hike this short trail along the upper southern slope of Skyline Ridge, through diverse transitional zone forest that is being managed to mimic the way nature intended this type of woods to be. Watch for elk and white-tailed deer all along this route—

CCC Nature Trail :: Plummer, ID

Hike through the beautiful mixed conifer forest above Chatcolet Lake on a self-guided nature trail. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Company #1995 constructed the CCC Trail in 1937, at the height of the Great Depression. Be sure to pick up a

Table Rock to Old Idaho State Penitentiary Trails :: Boise, ID

An uphill climb, starting from behind the Old Idaho State Penitentiary, traverses to the top of Table Rock’s sandstone cliffs for a sweeping view of the Treasure Valley. Trailside interpretive signs describe the impact of various geological events on