Places: Pedestrian and Bike Paths

By Beacon Staff

As the weather teases us with sunshine between cold snaps, combating spring fever can be a challenge. The pedestrian and bike paths in Whitefish provide a unique opportunity for residents here to enjoy the outdoors without having to commute.

A checkerboard of completed and proposed paths crisscross the greater Whitefish area from Montana Highway 40 to Big Mountain. The Whitefish Pedestrian and Bicycles Trails should eventually connect 14.85 miles of paved paths linking all avenues of the community.

One of the more popular pathways is through Riverside City Park off Baker Avenue. Gentle rolling paved trails follow the Whitefish River through picnic areas and playground equipment. Continuing across U.S. Highway 93 and into the Railway District another loop of paths wind along the river, through budding birch trees and connects to Whitefish Lake City Beach.

Completed trails can also be found along the Whitefish River and park area near Highway 40, the Iron Horse area and Wisconsin Avenue. For a complete map and more information on the trails project visit www.fishtrails.info.

How to get there: Although the trails can be accessed along any point, the City Beach off Lakeside Boulevard or Riverside City Park off Baker Avenue provide the most parking space.

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