PLACES: Kidsports Complex Walking Trails

By Beacon Staff

The walking trails at the Kidsports Complex north of downtown Kalispell weave around the green pastures of football, soccer, baseball and softball fields – making it a near oasis for those looking for a quick getaway.

The surrounding business developments, housing and U.S. 93 traffic are a barely noticeable hum during an early morning walk. The well-groomed gravel and blacktop paths, which bound across gently sloping hills, are accessible to any age and ability. Pets are welcome as long as they are on leashes.

Many people take advantage of its centralized location to exercise or stretch their legs before and after work, or during a lunch break. 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.

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, this tree shaded travelers making the slight climb from south of Kalispell toward Fort Seele, British Columbia.

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

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