Places: Kidsports Complex Walking Trails

By Beacon Staff

Weaving around the green pastures of football, soccer, baseball and softball fields, the walking trail through the Kidsports Complex is a near oasis of tranquility for those looking for a quick getaway.

The surrounding business developments, housing and U.S. Highway 93 traffic is barely noticeable during an early morning walk along the well-groomed gravel and blacktop path. The trails feature views of the Swan Mountain Range to the east, the Whitefish Mountain Range to the north and rolling hills toward Ashley Lake.

“This is really a Godsend,” said Jeff Berke, who walks the path with his dog, Chance, every morning rain or shine. “I even snowshoe (here) in the winter.”

Along with the sports fields and walking trail, visitors will find picnic tables and a playground for younger kids. Also featured in the park is the “Spring Prairie Tree.” Estimated at over 300 years old, the tree shaded travelers making the slight climb from south of Kalispell toward Fort Steele, British Columbia.

How to get there: The Kidsports Complex is located off U.S. Highway 93 in Kalispell across from Flathead Valley Community College.

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