7 Lesser-Known State Parks In Montana That Will Absolutely Amaze You

While Glacier National Park is certainly Montana’s crown jewel, the Treasure State also has plenty of fantastic state parks perfect for those who want to spend time in nature. The following is a list of beautiful yet lesser-known state parks in Montana to visit. A trip to any of these beautiful natural spaces will undoubtedly renew your appreciation for our great state. Ready to start exploring? Let’s go!

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What are your thoughts on our list of the best, most underrated state parks to visit in Montana? Are there any that you would add to the list? Feel free to let us know in the comments below — we’d love to hear from you! Nothing compared to the natural beauty of the Treasure State. Here’s why we think Montana is the best state. And while we’re on the topic of beautiful natural destinations, you’ll want to be sure to check out our Nature Lovers Definitive Guide To Montana’s Natural Beauty – Parks, Beaches, Hikes, And More!

Address: Giant Springs State Park, 4803 Giant Springs Rd, Great Falls, MT 59405, USA
Address: Makoshika State Park Road, Makoshika State Park Rd, Glendive, MT 59330, USA
Address: Lone Pine State Park, 300 Lone Pine Rd, Kalispell, MT 59901, USA
Address: Missouri Headwaters State Park, 1585 Trident Rd, Three Forks, MT 59752, USA
Address: Wild Horse Island State Park, Big Arm, MT 59910, USA
Address: Clarks Lookout State Park, 950 Lovers Leap Rd, Dillon, MT 59725, USA
Address: Black Sandy State Park, 6563 Hauser Dam Rd, Helena, MT 59602, USA
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January 10, 2022

Does Montana have any hidden gems?

There are attractions in Montana that seem to be known the world over. And it’s no surprise, given just how astounding the Treasure State’s natural wonders are. But if you’re looking for the places that are a bit more off-the-beaten-path, we’ve got you covered. In our humble opinion, these are the kinds of places that give Montana so much charm and character. At the top of the list would be Yaak Valley. Technically considered to be a rainforest, this northwestern Montana destination is a treasure trove of wildlife, beautiful landscapes, and camping spots. Next up on the list would be a trip to the world’s shortest river, known as the Roe River. It’s located just outside of Great Falls and measures just a little over 200 feet. How incredible is that? Some other hidden gems worth seeking out include the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee, the City Underneath Havre, Polebridge, Judith Gap, the Boiling River, Moss Mansion Museum, the Ptarmigan Tunnel, the Cathedral of St. Helena, the Prairie County Museum in Terry, the Ringing Rocks, and Daniels County Museum and Pioneer Town. For more information, check out our previous article: Most People Don’t Know These 15 Hidden Gems In Montana Even Exist.

Address: Giant Springs State Park, 4803 Giant Springs Rd, Great Falls, MT 59405, USA
Address: Makoshika State Park Road, Makoshika State Park Rd, Glendive, MT 59330, USA
Address: Lone Pine State Park, 300 Lone Pine Rd, Kalispell, MT 59901, USA
Address: Missouri Headwaters State Park, 1585 Trident Rd, Three Forks, MT 59752, USA
Address: Wild Horse Island State Park, Big Arm, MT 59910, USA
Address: Clarks Lookout State Park, 950 Lovers Leap Rd, Dillon, MT 59725, USA
Address: Black Sandy State Park, 6563 Hauser Dam Rd, Helena, MT 59602, USA