Places: Herron Park

By Beacon Staff

Growing in popularity, Herron Park has become a launching point for horse enthusiasts, cross-country skiers, mountain bikers, walkers and runners of every discipline

A large inviting equestrian field greets visitors near the parking lot off Foys Lake Road south of Kalispell. Taking a long walk from the lot through a field of short grass, or following relatively level trails around the valley floor, is enough to shake off stress or clear one’s mind. The park is the gateway to Foys to Blacktail trails.

Follow the series of trails that wind through public and private land from the park to Blacktail Mountain for a more severe workout. Some sections of the trail system are wide with low grades, but be prepared for winding and sometimes narrow sections ascending Blacktail Mountain.

Whether on bike, horse or foot, take the time to stop and enjoy scenic views of Big Mountain and Flathead and Smith lakes. With spring wildflowers blooming, it is a wonderful time to take in outdoor colors and view wildlife.

How to get there: From downtown Kalispell, travel west on Idaho Street (U.S. Highway 2). Turn south on Meridian Road. At the end of Meridian Road, veer west on Foys Lake Road. The turn off to Herron Park is on the west side of Foys Lake Road just past Foys Lake.

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