Explore Giant Springs State Park

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Distance

0.3 miles

Elevation Gain

50 ft

Added by Jen Weir

Looking for an escape? Check out this gorgeous oasis right on the outskirts of town.

We Montanans love our history and you'll soak up just a little bit more if you venture out to Giant Springs State Park. As one of the largest freshwater springs in the U.S., the Giant Springs would have been hard to miss when Lewis and Clark stumbled onto them in 1805 -- crystal clear water bubbling out of the earth. Giant Springs is also home to one other wonder, Roe River, which is known as the shortest river in the world (it originates at the springs and flows out into the Missouri River).

The park is a family favorite for us; anytime we need to get out of town but don't have a ton of time, we just bop on over and enjoy a little fresh air and sunshine.

Aside from taking in the scenery with your eyes and camera, there are several other activities to enjoy. The park boasts a large fish hatchery and maintains a viewing pool with mature fish who love to be fed (the kids always pack their nickels).

If fish in a tank aren't really your thing, many many more can be found in the Missouri that flows right alongside the park. Bring your pole and put in some quality casting time -- there are benches conveniently placed right by the shore.

A slight slope leads from the parking lot down into the park. You'll first hit the ranger station and bathrooms. From there, a paved pathway winds through the park and connects to the riverside trail, which you can continue down if your heart desires. 

If you stay in the area of the springs, the path leads over and around the springs while some neat stone stairs lead up the hill to a picnic area. Multiple picnic tables and fire pits litter the area with ample shade provided by mature trees. There's also a small playground for the kiddies if they get bored.

The park is open, and beautiful, year round. You can visit anytime between 8:00 a.m. and sunset.

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