Boise Greenbelt Trail

Barber Park, Idaho

Elevation Gain74ft
Trailhead Elevation2,742ft
Elevation Min/Max2742/2763ft
Elevation Start/End2742/2742ft

Boise Greenbelt Trail

Boise Greenbelt Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Boise City, Idaho. It is within Barber Park. It is 13.8 miles long and begins at 2,742 feet altitude.

Boise Greenbelt Trail Professional Guides

Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"Wildlife thrives in this twenty-four-acre natural area located next to the Boise River just minutes from busy downtown Boise. The wetlands and woods surrounding the trail provide food, shelter, water, and safe nesting areas wildlife need. Several canals in the area form a stream inhabited by fish. The trail segment described here starts at Baggley Park, connects with the Bethine Church River Trail, and then heads west, offering a taste of the pedestrian-only trail. This segment passes through a protected wildlife study area. Named for Bethine Church, widow of former U.S. Senator Frank Church, this trail honors the natural world."
Best Rail Trails: Pacific Northwest (Falcon Guides)
Natalie Bartley
View more trails from this guide book
"Each visit to the greenbelt along the Boise River brings new discoveries about this wonderful resource that runs through the heart of Boise and through the Treasure Valley. Encounters with nature are common. On any given trip you might see great blue herons, mallards, Canada geese, even deer. Plus, there are numerous stops along the trail that can add variety to any outing. This description covers a section of the trail that serves as the heart of the culture- and nature-based activities on the north side of the river, from downtown Boise to Lucky Peak Reservoir."

Boise Greenbelt Trail Trip Reports

5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
icon4 Total
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
The is a beautiful relaxing ride. There are a lot of people walking, running and riding so remember it isn't a race. Enjoy the scenery of both people and the river. We have ridden sections from BSU to Lucky Peak Reservoir and then a ride from BSU to the end on the west side.

The river was high from the rains so the water was really swift moving and there were places that you had to detour because the path under some bridges were under water. Other then that, which is not the norm the path is usually well maintained and beautiful!
3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars
You know, this is just what it says it is, a greenbelt. It is a paved two lane path following the river from lucky peak to Eagle, Idaho. The fact is, Boise is a beautiful city with a great river and an amazing amount of trees. The trail goes through parks wooded areas BSU campus and Downtown Boise. During the summer, you will see lots of people floating the river. (Friendship Bridge at BSU is a great place to watch) This is a great family ride and I can't imagine the elevation change is over 100 ft total so it's really chill.
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
a fabulous city bike route - great scenery with lots of geese and red wing black birds - good people watching and the river running along side - hop in for a dip at the dam at the end if you're hot! 18 miles from one end to the other 36 miles round trip
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
Great enjoyment year round and spectacular scenery. If you cover enough miles, you'll be able to see flyfishermen, kayakers, rafters, rock climbers and local wildlife. Adequate rest stops along the trail with water, but take your own as well. Might want to consider slicks or road tires, no need for knobbies and be prepared for a headwind from Diversion Dam to Boise.

Boise Greenbelt Trail Photos

Show off your photography skills ... post your pics of this trail!

Trail Information

Barber Park
Nearby City
Barber Park
Skill Level
Boise City Parks System, 800-635-5240
Local Contacts
DeLorme: Idaho Atlas & Gazetteer: Page C4
Local Maps

Trail Log