Nature September 25, 2016
The 9 Best Montana State Parks To Visit In The Fall
One of the (many) amazing things about living in Montana is getting to experience all four seasons. Now that fall is officially here, it’s a great time to visit one of our state parks known for its stunning fall foliage. The parks on this list are all open year-round or at least well into autumn, giving you plenty of time to enjoy them.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Giant Springs State Park, Great Falls
This beautiful state park, where you can see the country's largest freshwater spring and also its smallest river, is open all year.
2. Wild Horse Island, Flathead Lake
If you think this island is beautiful in the summertime, just wait until you see it in the autumn light. It's open all year, so you've got plenty of time.
3. Lost Creek State Park, Anaconda
You have until November 30 to enjoy this peaceful park with its gray limestone cliffs and short hiking trail to Lost Creek Falls.
4. Whitefish Lake State Park, Whitefish
This park is popular all summer because of its sandy beach access, but it's open year-round and just as beautiful in the fall.
5. Fish Creek State Park, Alberton
You can watch for wildlife, hike, and check out the stunning scenery year -round at Fish Creek State Park.
6. Travelers’ Rest State Park, Lolo
Travelers' Rest has the only archaeologically verified campsite of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the country. It also has some beautiful fall foliage starting in September.
7. Clark’s Lookout State Park, Dillon
Speaking of Lewis & Clark, the Expedition passed through this area in 1805, and now you can stand where William Clark once stood and admire the changing seasons.
8. Tongue River Reservoir State Park, Decker
Enjoy this 12 mile reservoir any time of year. It's a favorite spot for southeast Montanans.
9. Lone Pine State Park, Kalispell
On a clear day you can actually see Flathead Lake, the Jewel Basin AND Glacier National Park from this park's overlook.
Montana state parks are so gorgeous.
Here’s another one that’s definitely worth visiting.