Ron MacDonald Riverfront Trail System - Missoula

The Riverfront trail extends west of downtown Missoula into Hellgate Canyon, east of town along the Kim Williams Trail along the Clark Fork River in downtown Missoula. You can cross the river on any one of the three street bridges across the Clark Fork within this zone - the Orange Street, Higgins Avenue and Madison Street bridges. There are also three footbridges: one off Van Buren Street, just north of the University of Montana campus, one under the Madison Street Bridge and another off California Street. The Riverfront trail is popular with bikers, runners and dog walkers.

There are a number of interpretive signs along the Riverfront Trail that describe historic buildings in Missoula and the early history of the area. Of particular significance is the old Milwaukee Railroad Depot located just west of the Higgins Street Bridge. Now home to the national headquarters of the Boone and Crockett Club, the Depot, built in 1910 and designed by J.A. Lindstrand, is one of the finest architectural examples of a railroad station in Montana. The Riverfront Trail runs along the Milwaukee railroad grade.

For free bike rentals stop by Currents Aquatics Center in McCormick Park on the trail system. Call for more details.

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202 South 4th Street East
Missoula,  MT 59801

Phone: 406-721-7275

From west Broadway Avenue in Missoula, turn south on Orange Street. Just after the Orange Street Bridge turn right on 3rd Street, go two blocks then right on Hickory Street. The Montana Natural History Center is at 120 Hickory Street.

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Bicycling, Bird Watching, Hiking, Nature, Trails, Wildlife Viewing