Sprunger–Whitney Nature Trail

Missoula, Montana

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The Sprunger–Whitney Nature Trail lies along the Swan River seven miles south of Swan Lake. The trail is named for Elmer Sprunger and Jack Whitney, long-time resident conservationists in the Swan Valley. The interpretive trail begins at the Point Pleasant Campground and follows a section of the Old Swan Highway, originally a Pend d’Oreilles and Bitterroot Salish Indian trail. It was also a portion of the route used by Lewis and Clark. The trail weaves through an old-growth riparian forest with a vast cross-section of trees. Interpretive panels describe the tree species, plants, life cycles, and the effects of insects and other natural forces.

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"The Sprunger–Whitney Nature Trail lies along the Swan River seven miles south of Swan Lake. The trail is named for Elmer Sprunger and Jack Whitney, long-time resident conservationists in the Swan Valley. The interpretive trail begins at the Point Pleasant Campground and follows a section of the Old Swan Highway, originally a Pend d’Oreilles and Bitterroot Salish Indian trail. It was also a portion of the route used by Lewis and Clark. The trail weaves through an old-growth riparian forest with a vast cross-section of trees. Interpretive panels describe the tree species, plants, life cycles, and the effects of insects and other natural forces."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Missoula
Distance: 2.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-Round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: U.S.G.S. Cilly Creek

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Jun 2018