Trails & Outdoor Recreation

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Butte-Silver Bow has developed an urban trail system within its parks as well as trails that connect to surrounding open spaces utilizing many of Butte’s railroad and stream corridors such as the Butte, Anaconda and Pacific Railroad (BA&P) corridor, Blacktail Creek, and Silver Bow Creek Greenway Trails.

The Copperway Trails and Butte Heritage Park Trails are a network of non-motorized trails linking a variety of cultural sites. Other trail networks include Thompson Park and Big Butte that provide natural area opportunities for bird watching and viewing wildlife while providing non-motorized hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding opportunities.

City-county trails are only a piece of the trails recreation available in the Butte area. The Forest Service maintains numerous trails in the Beaverhead-Deer Lodge National Forest, including the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST), which runs to the immediate east and south of Butte and has numerous connections to local trails at Thompson Park, Blacktail Canyon and Maud S Canyon. The CDNST and other trails are easily accessible within a 15-20 minute drive from Butte at the Homestake (on I-90) and Pipestone (on MT-2) trailheads. Maps and more info are available at the Butte Ranger District office.

More recreation opportunities are available on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands - visit the Butte field office for details. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks also maintains numerous fishing access sites on area lakes and rivers.