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River's Edge Trail

Great Falls,  
From You7200.65 Mi
Local Tips
Created (yyyy-mm-dd)2014-07-24
Created Byrunmedic
  • Soft
  • Running
  • Mountain Biking
  • Walking
  • Lighting
  • Limited Hours
  • Technical
  • Fee
  • Track
Street Crossings
  • A Few
Max Distance15-39
Volume of Use
  • Steady
DescriptionA conceptual plan for a riverside recreational trail in Great Falls was developed by the City-County Planning Board staff in 1989. Dubbed the Riverfront Recreational Corridor, the trail was to extend 7 miles from the Broadwater Bay area downstream to Rainbow Falls. The trail, re-named the River’s Edge Trail following a Name-the-Trail contest in the Great Falls Tribune, captured the interest and support of the community. A volunteer group that advocated local bike trails, also in 1989, as part of the Vision 2000 community planning process, began working with the City to develop the first segments of the trail. That group was formalized as a non-profit 501 c3 corporation named Recreational Trails, Inc. (RTI).

Over the last 20 years RTI has continued to work with the City, FWP, PPL Montana and many other partners, agencies, groups and individuals to extend and improve the 45 + mile trail. Much of the trail has been constructed on abandoned railroad and road rights-of-way and structures. Miles of new trail connecting these segments have been constructed, as have many new tunnels, underpasses, bridges and trailheads. Volunteers have undertaken an on-going intensive cleanup of riverfront lands that had been littered with debris over the past decades, and have spent thousands of hours on weed control, tree planting, maintenance and enhancement projects.

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