Boise River Greenbelt

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Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

The Boise River Greenbelt stretches 25 miles along the Boise River and offers runners, joggers, walkers and cyclists a beautiful place to get some exercise. Since it travels through the heart of downtown Boise, some commuters even use it as a route for reaching their workplaces. The tree-lined trail also winds past several of the city's most popular parks, including Kathryn Albertson Park and Julia Davis Park. What's more, the city created a scavenger hunt with a map and clues on its website that prompts visitors to explore the trail and learn more about the city's history along the way.

"Peaceful" and "relaxing" are two words travelers commonly used to describe their experience walking their dogs or riding their bikes on the trail. Other travelers appreciated that the Boise Greenbelt isn't very crowded, but it still feels safe with lights illuminating the trail in most places.

The Boise Greenbelt reaches from the Lucky Peak State Recreation Area to West State Street and South Eagle Road, but you can jump on the trail at a number of points, including Kathryn Albertson, Julia Davis and Barber parks, among others. Most of the parks that spread out beside the trail also offer restrooms. If you'd like to see the Boise River Greenbelt via bike, you'll find several Boise Green Bike bike-share stations along the path. Bikes costs $5 an hour. There is no cost to access the trail; it's open from sunrise to sunset. For more information, visit the City of Boise's website.

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#2 Kathryn Albertson Park

The 41-acre Kathryn Albertson Park is filled with broad footpaths and peppered with gazebos, which are ideal for the main attraction here: wildlife watching. Along with various waterfowl, herons and owls, this park contains salamanders, turtles, bullfrogs, beavers and rabbits, among other wildlife. In fact, the park prohibits dogs between March 1 and June 30 because birds nest during this time. The park was named for Kathryn Albertson, a Boise native and a major donor to the city.

Recent visitors praised Kathryn Albertson Park, saying it's Boise's best and recommending that travelers visit in the fall, when the park is drenched in vibrant hued foliage.

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