Explore the South Fork of the Boise River

South Fork of the Boise River

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.

Pack List

Don't forget to bring:

  • Tent, sleeping bag and pad if you plan on camping
  • Comfortable pair of hiking boots
  • Fishing pole (don't forget to read rules and regulations of Idaho rivers)
  • WARM clothes for cold nights
  • 4WD car for sticky situations
  • A camera, of course
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Activities Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Rafting, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Features
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

Reviews

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Overall rating: 

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!


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