When you grow up in Montana, you learn to appreciate the great outdoors as soon as you can walk (and in some cases, probably even earlier). For many of us, hiking is a favorite pastime, especially hiking as a family. These waterfall trails are not only visually stunning, but they also happen to be easily accessible and short enough for even the tiny trailblazers among us to enjoy.
1. Palisade Falls, Bozeman
The Palisade Falls Trail is basically in Bozeman's backyard. And since it's only a mile long with a path that's paved almost the entire way, it's perfect for families with young hikers. The waterfall itself is quite impressive, dropping over an ancient lava flow.
2. St. Mary and Virginia Falls Trail, Glacier National Park
Planning a family trip to Glacier National Park is always fun, especially when everyone is old enough to really appreciate nature. The St. Mary and Virginia Falls Trail isn't the shortest hike in the park, but at 2.9 miles in length, it's doable. Plus, you'll get the pleasure of seeing two stunning waterfalls.
3. Kootenai Falls, Libby
Located in Northwest Montana, Kootenai Falls is an absolute gem. The falls drop more than 300 feet in less than a mile. Best of all, it's easy to find the parking lot that leads right to this perfect 0.8-mile nature walk.
4. Ousel Falls Park Trail, Big Sky
The Ousel Falls Trail is a pleasant 1.6-mile trek that's located in between Gallatin Gateway and Big Sky. The trail is shady and cool in the summertime, and the picnic tables near the waterfall offer a perfect place to stop and have lunch together.
5. Natural Bridge Falls Trail, McLeod
At just over a mile long, this well-marked trail is a great place to take a group of young hikers. It's located within the Gallatin National Forest, one of the most naturally beautiful parts of the Treasure State. And although the natural arch over the Boulder River collapsed in 1988, this is still a fantastic trail.
Hiking season is officially here, and we couldn’t be happier. A few of these trails were previously closed due to current conditions, so check before you hike to make sure they’re ready to welcome you back.
Address: Kootenai Falls, MT 59935, USA
Address: Virginia Falls, Montana 59417, USA
Address: Ousel Falls, Big Sky, MT 59730, USA
Address: Palisade Falls, Montana 59047, USA
Jeff Fisher, Realtor