Explore the South Fork of the Boise River

Added by Dusty Klein

The South Fork of the Boise River is located in close proximity to Boise and is highlighted by massive basalt cliffs and unique waterfalls.

In just over an hour, you can leave downtown Boise and arrive above Arrowrock Reservoir in a location so unique that you won't believe you're still in Idaho. The South Fork of the Boise River provides excitement for campers, wildlife lovers, and outdoor goers. Although I just visited for the first time, it certainly won't be my last.

To get to this particular spot, drive east on Hwy. 84 for about 8 miles before taking the Blacks Creek Rd. exit. After one left turn, the road will turn to dirt and only about 16 miles will separate you from the river. While you get nearer, keep a close eye out for Bald Eagles. We saw six eagles and a few nests on our way in.

Fire rings for campers can be found on off-roads all of the way up the canyon. A 4WD vehicle is recommended for these off-road situations as well as the steep and potentially muddy road. River accessibility is tricky because of the enormous lichen-rich basalt canyons, so the best fishing opportunity will be around Neal Bridge.

Large waterfalls can be found further upstream, some streaming all of the way down over the 200+ ft. cliffs. The huge canyons and waterfalls, coupled with wide meadows, emit some subtle Ireland vibes.

Whether it's for an evening bonfire, a morning sunrise hike (extremely recommended), or a camping trip with your buddies, go check this place out. You can only see it to believe it.

Read More

Tags

Chillin
Camping
Fishing
Photography
Rafting
Hiking
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

A pretty and close getaway spot

If you’re looking to getaway from town for an overnighter, this is a nice and pretty spot. If you like to fish, you will have ample opportunity. Free and easy to find car camping spots along the river, good bird watching but not many hiking options.

Five Stars

Just moved to Mountain Home and this was my first trip around the area. It snowed the night before and we were happy to be in a car with 4WD. Snow was deep and slushy in some parts of the road up to this checkpoint. Absolutely gorgeous views once you start climbing elevation. This spot had a stunning view of the river and cliffs. We decided to keep driving the road instead of turning around and driving back the way we came. Took a couple hours, but we found that the road looped around and spit us back out on the 20. Saw a few waterfalls along our way and ended up driving over the Anderson Dam. If you are looking for a fun drive, I would highly recommend this route!

First Impression of Idaho

This was the first trip that I took in Idaho. My girlfriend and I are from Arizona and wanted to experience something different. We loved this drive and got some amazing photo content!

Serenity In The Valley

From the first moment you step out of your vehicle overlooking the river, you find the most peaceful sound of a light breeze and slowly running water! The views were absolutely spectacular and with multiple little trails around to wander, it is a blast and a must for anyone looking for a relaxing morning with beautiful views close to Boise!

Thanks!

I doubt I would have found this area on my own so wanted to say thanks for adding this! Beautiful area with tons of hiking trails, beautiful views and camping spots. I can't wait to go back and camp for a weekend here.

Stay Nearby

Boise, Idaho

Macks Creek Park

Overview Macks Creek Park is a small day-use area and campground located on the Boise River Arm of Lucky Peak Lake, just 25 miles from the Boise area and 4 miles off the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway...

Boise, Idaho

Robie Creek Park Group Shelter

Overview Robie Creek Park is a secluded day use area at the confluence of Mores Creek and Robie Creek on the edge of the Boise National Forest.Recreation The lake provides great boating opportuniti...

Boise, Idaho

Grayback

Overview Grayback Campground is located 36 miles northeast of Boise, Idaho, just off scenic Highway 21. Historic Idaho City is just two miles north of the campground. Visitors enjoy fishing in More...

Mountain Home, Idaho

Big Trinity Cabin

Overview Big Trinity Cabin offers a quiet retreat in a beautiful high alpine landscape. The cabin is situated within a popular summer recreation area with many activities to enjoy. The cabin has...

Nearby Adventures

  • Scramble up Cervidae Peak

    From the peak the views are limitless, a full 360 degrees of landmarks like Lucky Peak Reservoir. Wildlife is quite abundant and if you're lucky you may be able to spot herds of antelope, deer, and elk. My favorite time to do this hike is during t...

    3.1 miles 2000 ft gain

  • Float the Boise River

    Floating the Boise River is the perfect leisurely summer activity for families and those who just want to relax outdoors. You'll enter the river at Barber Park, then float past beautiful trees and greenery on your way down to Ann Morrison Park. Th...

  • Relax at Big and Little Trinity Lakes

    Because of the altitude of the this lake, the road to it doesn't open up until mid to late July. You can still get to the lake, but it is a 6 mi round trip hike down a dusty dirt road. It gets old. When the road is open, you can drive right up to ...

    6 miles 300 ft gain

  • Hike or Bike Table Rock Quarry Trail

    Boise has plenty of trails to choose from when it comes to short accessible hikes. If you're looking for panoramic views of the treasure valley then this is a great place to start.  Table Rock Quarry has 4 different trails to choose from ranging a...

    3.7 miles

  • Visit Idaho

    Idaho is a picturesque state filled with beautiful scenery and warm, wonderful people. It's an ideal destination for family travelers, outdoor enthusiasts, adventure seekers, or those just looking for a relaxing getaway.

    Learn More