Top Adventures in Flathead County

  • Snowshoe the North Fork Area of the Flathead River

    Starting in Columbia Falls, MT, which is 17 miles from Kalispell, MT, locate North Fork Road off of Railroad Street. Follow North Fork Road about 17 miles. While along the Flathead River, there are many Forest Service roads that are accessible to ...

    1.5 miles 0 ft gain

  • Hike to Apgar Lookout

    Precursor: I completed this hike in November, hence the snow in the photos. Due to a lack of tree coverage, this hike is best suited for a cool summer day, or in the late spring and early autumn. It is doable in the heat of the summer, but be sure...

    7 miles 1850 ft gain

  • Drive around Hungry Horse Reservoir

    About 100 miles of mostly gravel roads (14 miles of pavement) will take you around this beautiful reservoir.  With that many miles of road and the shoreline to go with it, it is obvious that there is plenty to see and do in the Hungry Horse area. ...

  • Paddle Middle Fork Flathead near West Glacier

    Begin your trip at the bridge at West Glacier, there is parking in town and you can walk to the water, or just passed the bridge there are a few spots. Carry gear down to the water from the bridge (easy walking trail down to the edge). Make sure...

  • Ski and Snowboard Whitefish Mountain Resort

    Whitefish Mountain Resort is located on Big Mountain, just a 10 minute drive from downtown Whitefish. The resort hasn't left it's mom and pop roots, even though it is up to date with state of the art equipment, the hometown local vibe prevails.Mo...

  • Mountain Bike Big Mountain

    Biking Big Mountain is a must-do when traveling to the scenic Flathead Valley. After leaving the town of Whitefish driving North, turn onto Big Mountain Road (big sign can't miss it). Drive up the road to the Village, purchase a day's ticket if ...

  • Hike Whitefish Mountain via the Danny On Trail

    The Danny On Trail starts from the base area of Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort and zig zags its way up to the summit. The trailhead is near the Chalet building/Hellroaring Saloon upper parking lot (there's a big sign). The trail passes through Doug...

    7.6 miles 2250 ft gain

  • Paddle McDonald Creek, Glacier National Park

    Begin your trip by dropping your car (or bike) at Quarter Circle Bridge just inside Glacier Park. After dropping your shuttle vehicle, park in the Apgar Campground parking lot and walk your water craft to the shore of Lake McDonald. Paddling Nor...

  • Swim at the Belton Bridge

    The Belton Bridge is the old entrance to glacier. You can get there by turning right down old river bridge road, which is the first right when you turn in to the West Glacier village. There are some 5-8 ft rocks to jump off, but be sure to check t...

  • Capture Sunrise or Sunset at Lake McDonald

    Lake McDonald doesn't offer the close-up views of glaciers and mountains like some of the other spots in Glacier NP, but it does offer sweeping views of park's west side. The most popular spot to photograph this grand perspective is along the sou...

  • Kayak Lake McDonald

    Rent kayaks at the shore of Lake McDonald and take them out for the day. Make sure to start early to get a full day in and leave yourself enough time to stop for lunch. There are multiple places to pull off and bring your kayaks onto the shore and...

  • Hike to Blaine Mountain

    To reach the trailhead for this hike, it is about an hour's drive from nearby Kalispell. You will drive around Hungry Horse Reservoir on the West Side Road, and turn off onto Doris Creek Road. Be sure NOT to get this mistaken with the nearby Doris...

    7.3 miles 2350 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Coram, Montana

      Under Canvas Glacier

      Accommodations:  Hive starting at $99 per night  (2 person max)Safari tents starting at $219 per night  (4 person max)Safari with 4 twin beds starting at $219 per night  (4 person max)Safari with a...

      From $99/night

    • Columbia Falls, Montana

      The Little White House

      This one-bedroom cottage is right beside the large pond. It was once located a mile away next to the Halfmoon Schoolhouse. It was built as the schoolmarm’s living quarters. Once it was moved, a new...

      From $317.50/night

    • Columbia Falls, Montana

      The Bunkhouse

      This unique, stable-like building has seven bedrooms, four bathrooms and three lounge areas surrounding the central hall with its clerestory ceiling. Each bedroom has a large window-wall faced with...

      From $900/night

    • Columbia Falls, Montana

      The Cedar House

      This four-bedroom, three and a half bath cabin is built on the far shore of the large 14-acre pond. It has natural cedar siding and a long porch facing the water. It also has a private lawn on the ...

      From $727.50/night

    • West Glacier, Montana

      West Glacier Koa

    • Martin City, Montana

      Emery Bay Campground

      Overview Emery Bay Campground is located high in the Rocky Mountains, less than 30 miles from the Continental Divide, surrounded by towering mountain peaks. Visitors can expect a variety of recreat...

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