Montana February 28, 2017
8 Under-Appreciated State Parks In Montana You’re Sure To Love
Montana is the land of all things outdoorsy. Needless to say, the state parks system is alive and well in the Treasure State. Even so, there are some parks that are a bit lesser-known, except maybe to the locals who cherish them. So if you’re looking for a beautiful trail-filled natural area, here are the parks you’ll want to visit:
1. Anaconda Smoke Stack State Park (Anaconda)
Located in Anaconda, this smaller state park stands as a tribute to Montana's copper miner history. It's here that you'll be able to admire one of the largest free-standing brick structure in the entire world.
2. Big Arm State Park (Bigfork)
Also known as Flathead Lake, Big Arm State Park is one of the most scenic parks in the entire state. Featuring the iconic lake as well as a mountainous background, it's an excellent choice for fishing, swimming, camping, and all other outdoor activities you could hope for.
3. Medicine Rocks State Park (Glendive)
Medicine Rocks was once the site where Native Americans would gather for hunting parties. The unusual rock formations that stand today have a unique composition because of the gradual erosion they have faced. Visitors to the park will enjoy this highly-photographed site as well as plenty of hiking and wildlife viewing.
4. Bannack State Park (Dillon)
As you might have gathered from the above photograph, Bannack is something of a ghost town. It's an incredible place to explore the Old West, as this was actually the site of the first gold discovery in 1862. A visit to this state park will make you feel as though you've stepped back in time (in the best way).
5. Hell Creek State Park (Jordan)
Known for its incredible fishing opportunity, Hell Creek State Park is equally memorable for its landscape of the Missouri Breaks. At over 300 acres, this expansive park is an incredible place for a camping trip. As you'll notice in the above photograph, the drive alone makes for a breathtaking day trip.
6. Beaverhead Rock State Park (Dillon)
Beaverhead Rock, the central feature of this rugged state park, was recognized by Sacagawea herself as resembling the head of a swimming beaver. Visitors can enjoy photographing the surrounding landscape, although the rock itself is inaccessible.
7. Lake Mary Ronan State Park (Kalispell)
Just seven miles from Flathead Lake, this scenic park is filled with potential for an incredible outdoor experience. Whether you're an avid fisher, camper, or hiker, this state park is worth adding to your list. And during the summer, this park is known for the wildflowers of the surrounding meadows.
8. Milltown State Park (Missoula)
Milltown State Park is home to the confluence of two beautiful rivers: the Clark Fork and the Blackfoot. The park features a breathtaking overlook as well as interpretive signs to inform visitors of the cultural heritage of the land.
Have you visited any of these lesser-known, beautiful state parks in Montana? We’d love to hear from you! For more scenic spots, be sure to read about
The 12 State Parks In Montana That Will Knock Your Socks Off.