This section of US 89 is designated at Kings Hill Scenic Byway and stretches for 71 lovely miles through a somewhat hidden part of Montana. Wildlife and wildflowers abound during summer, and with 450 miles of trails and roads to explore, crowds are not a problem except on the most popular trails. Many Pines, like all the other campgrounds along the Scenic Byway, has a bit of road noise, but the setting is worth it.
True to its name, the campground is set in a thick stand of spruce, firs, and lodgepole pines, which limits the amount of understory to provide buffer zones between sites. Of those sites on the creek-road segment, sites 15, 16, and 19 have greater privacy than their neighbors. Half of the sites overlook the creek, but they are also closer to the occasional buzz from the highway. Wading in the creek is fun on hot days, and trout fishing can be rewarding, but it’s strictly catch and release.
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