Nature August 13, 2017
Shhh… These 8 Hidden Places Are Idaho’s Best Kept Secrets
Idahoans love keeping their favorite places secret. That’s why even if you’ve lived in Idaho your whole life it seems there is still always a new place or attraction to be explored. The places on this list are hidden gems that definitely could use some extra attention because of their noteworthiness. They are definitely worth a visit, and may even become one of your new favorite spots in Idaho. Be sure to keep any eye out for them!
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1. Q'emiln Park: A Secret Hiking Oasis
Q'emiln Park is home to a system of hiking trails that are vastly overlooked. The trails highlight the unique landscape of the park including forest, mini canyons, rivers, geologic formations, and even some caves. Despite being located in the city of Post Falls, this park offers seclusion in some of the coolest surroundings in Idaho. You'll feel like you've been transported to some sort of secret world! For more information, read the full article
2. Twin Falls Canals: The Incredible City of Tunnels Hiding In Southern Idaho
It seems truly strange that not many people know about this underground network of tunnels. This place definitely has potential to be one of the most unique tourist attractions in Idaho. The vast cave system is comprised of 49 tunnels that go on for nearly 22 miles underneath the city! Unfortunately the tunnels are closed off to the public, but the fact that they even exist shows that there is always something new to be discovered in Idaho. For more information, read the full article
3. Charcoal Kilns
Idaho is full of ruins that now serve as historic markers of our past. Few people know about these beehive-shaped charcoal kilns hiding off of Highway 28. Built in the late 1800's, these kilns assisted in producing millions of dollars worth of lead and silver during the early Idaho's mining boom. Can you believe you can see these strange and historic ruins with your own eyes? For more information, check out the full article
4. Abandoned Schoolhouse Trail
Abandoned places in Idaho are always a fun, if not eerie, visit and there is certainly no shortage of abandoned locations in our state. Some of them are more famous than others. Surprisingly, this trail of abandoned schoolhouses seems to have gone by the wayside despite the old school’s tragically beautiful aesthetic. There are dozens of these gorgeous yet mournful schoolhouses around the state, specifically in northern Idaho, and they’re all worthy of a visit. For more information, check out the full article
5. Lionhead Campground
Beautiful campgrounds are abundant in Idaho and most people know the popular go-to camping sites around the state. Sometimes you’re in the mood for a more isolated camping experience, though. Lionhead campground in Priest Lake State Park is a lesser known campground that truly doesn’t disappoint. It has a little bit of everything…waterfalls, cabins, cedar forests, lakes, etc. For more information, check out the full article
6. Elmer's Fountain: North Idaho's Secret Fountain Of Youth
Most people don’t know about the treasures hiding in the small town of Mullan in North Idaho. This quaint community used to be a thriving mining town. Fewer people know about the beautiful grove of fountains hiding within the forest near the town. This "fountain of youth" is beautiful all year long, but especially in the winter when the water freezes making beautiful ice formations. For more information, check out the full article
7. Lake Pend Oreille's Shipwrecks
Lake Pend Oreille is one of the most famous lakes in Idaho because of its utopic and reflective waters, but few people know that the lake is home to many abandoned boats both above and below water. That’s right; below those idyllic waters are several sunken boats forever to remain hidden from view. For more information, check out the full article
8. The Camas Prairie Railroad
It’s not too hard to come by forgotten and deserted railroad tracks in our state. There are a lot of them. However, most people don’t know that one of the tallest and most beautiful train trestles in the world is right here in Idaho. Although towering and huge, the fact that this stunning trestle exists in plain sight might come as a surprise to you. For more information, check out the full article
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