The weather is warming up quickly and Spring is here – Now is the perfect time to plan your future trip to discover the wide open spaces and beauty of The Lewis Clark Valley! With serene parks and trails, historic landmarks and outdoor art installations, The Lewis Clark Valley offers fun activities without the crowds.
Keep reading for our top 5 list of self-guided, serene activities in The Lewis Clark Valley!
1. Visit Hells Gate State Park
Take a stroll through the outdoor artwork and historic displays of the Lewis & Clark Discovery Center while you walk along the Snake River. If hiking or biking is more up your alley, you will want to check out the park’s beautiful hiking and biking trails that also boast views of the areas unique terrain and the Snake River. You can even extend your stay by camping or renting a cabin in the park! Feel like dropping a line? Try your hand at fishing in the Snake River at the park marina’s large docks.
You can learn more about Hells Gate State Park here.
2. Clearwater-Snake National Recreation Trail
Calling all walkers, runners and bikers!
The Clearwater-Snake National Recreation Trail is a 25-mile long, paved trail that runs along the Clearwater and Snake Rivers. This expansive trail connects parks, historic sites, and natural attractions along the Snake and Clearwater rivers. With this uncrowded trails easy accessibility, and beautiful views, it is clear why it made the list!
3. Chief Timothy Park
Chief Timothy Park is a campers dream! Located on an island with bridge access, this park holds the same unique experience of peace and tranquility that was found when Lewis and Clark traveled across the island in 1806. You can camp in one of the park cabins, your RV, or pitch a tent at a camping spot along the water’s edge. You can also enjoy the island’s swimming beach, boat launch, and five docks that are perfect for taking out the boat or catching some fish! After you have had your fill of fishing and swimming, unwind with a walk around the perimeter of the island on its beautiful walking path.
4. The Listening Circle at Chief Timothy Park
Just a short walk away once on the island, you can experience the Listening Circle, a landscape installation designed by the celebrated artist Maya Lin. The Listening Circle created by world-renowned artist Maya Lin interprets the natural world through science, history, politics, and culture, creating a remarkable and highly acclaimed body of work in art and architecture. Like all her works, Lin’s Confluence Projects merge the physical and psychological environment, presenting a new way of seeing the world around us.
5. Nez Perce National Historical Park
The Nez Perce National Historical Park is a non-traditional national park that consists of 38 historical sites which together tell the story of the nimí·pu· (Nez Perce). The Nez Perce or the nimí·pu·, is the Native American Tribe that originally populated The Lewis Clark Valley.
These historical sites are spread over much of the traditional homeland of the nimí·pu· in present-day Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
Now that you have a list of must-do activities, get outside and discover the history, culture and recreation in the wide open spaces of The Lewis Clark Valley!