Greenough Park Bolle Birdwatching Trail

Missoula, Montana 59807

Greenough Park Bolle Birdwatching Trail

Greenough Park: Bolle Birdwatching Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Greenough Park has hiking paths that wind along Rattlesnake Creek as it flows through this 42-acre city park at the mouth of the Rattlesnake Valley. The park has mature ponderosa pines, spruce, cottonwoods, maples, and lush riparian vegetation along Rattlesnake Creek. Greenough Park, prime bird habitat, was donated to the city of Missoula in 1 902 by the Greenough Family.

The Maclay Flat Trail is a wide, level interpretive trail that loops through a riparian forest rich with aspen, cottonwood, ponderosa pine trees and meadows. There are sixteen information sites that describe the geology, river system, vegetation and wildlife in the area. The trail borders the Bitterroot River and the Big Flat Irrigation Ditch on the return. The irrigation ditch is used by farms and ranches
through Big Flat before emptying into the Clark Fork River.
Benches and picnic tables are available along this wheelchair
accessible trail."

Greenough Park: Bolle Birdwatching Trail Reviews

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If only every city in the U.S. had a trail of this quality so conveniently located! But as it goes in Montana, although the trail sees its fair share of visitors, not the amount of human traffic this midwesterner is accustomed to for a trail so close to the city just because the Missoula area has so many wonderful hiking options to choose from. Fine by me cause I found this trail to be the perfect daily dose of relaxation and exercise. Deer, snakes, and interesting birds are commonly encountered in the summer thanks to the combination of a small prairie and wooded river corridor settings.
This is a perfect after-work, after-school, after-church fmaily-friendly trail. It's great for walking and trail running. There's nothing difficult about it. There are several geocaches and a handful of letterboxes in this area.

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
.5 hours
U.S.G.S. Northeast Missoula
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Jul 2018