Flathead National Forest

Plenty to see within the endless confines of the Flathead National Forest

By Justin Franz
Snow covers trees in the Flathead National Forest near Tally Lake. Beacon File Photo

While nearby Glacier National Park often gets the glory, there is still plenty to see within the endless confines of the Flathead National Forest. With thousands of acres and many miles of trail to explore, the national forest is a fantastic place to take in a winter adventure.

A drive up along the North Fork of the Flathead River can reveal the scenic and wild beauty that runs along the border of Glacier Park and the Flathead preserve. A winter hike to Stanton Lake, located not far from Essex on U.S. Highway 2, can offer some rarely viewed winter scenes. And if you want to see the scenery at a faster pace, the Flathead National Forest has many miles of snowmobile trails to explore.

For the most up-to-date information, check out the Flathead National Forest’s website at www.fs.usda.gov or call your local ranger station.

How to get there: Access to the Flathead National Forest is available at dozens of locations across the Flathead Valley and surrounding area.

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