Balanced Rock Park is a 0.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Castleford, Idaho that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, camping, nature trips, and fishing. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length0.9 miElevation gain45 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlyKid friendlyStroller friendlyCampingFishingNature tripsWalkingRiverViewsWaterfallWildlifeFee
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Idaho State Parks charge a day-use fee per vehicle. Visitors can also purchase an annual pass, for Idaho residents and for out-of-state visitors. The annual pass grants access to all state parks in Idaho. Quick 1 mile out and back trail along the river. Be sure to check out the actual Balanced Rock just up the road from the park. Nice views. Something to see if you are in the area. Accessibility: There do not appear to be any designated accessible spaces within 1 mile of the north end of the trail. There is a gravel lot at the north end of the trail. The trail surface is gravel or natural (dirt/rock) and typically ranges from 1 to over 6 feet wide. The most accessible portion of the trail is the overlook at the beginning of the trail avoiding the steep, narrow, and uneven portions. The estimated grade is mostly gentle (5% or less) except for steep to very steep (over 8%) uphill and downhill sections at about 0.05 through 0.15 and at 0.4 miles when going southbound. Trail goers/hikers using wheelchairs/mobility equipment or strollers may need assistance in the steeper sections or to avoid them for safety. All-terrain tires or motorized equipment may be needed for the unpaved and uneven surface type. There are picnic tables at the parking lot for resting.

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Richard Whitten
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Short but sweet!

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Tan WohMan
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Lovely, cool, breezy walk along the creek. I received a nice surprise when I noticed a delicate waterfall on the opposite side of the creek.

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Yaoshan Zhu
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Great easy hike, lots of flys at parking lot

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Angee Jensen
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Bella Hartman
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Easy to hike by the river. My dog Oliver jumped into the water because it is so hot. But don’t be fool the popular balanced rock is not in the trail its like maybe a mile from the original park.

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Isaac Moffett
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Trail was step but what you would expect in this country. Great view.

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Margarita Urrutia
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Quick and easy little trail..

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I Wilson
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Quick 1 mile out and back trail along the river. Be sure to check out the actual balanced Rock just up the road from the park. Nice views. Something to see if you are in the area (I've lived in this are for 10 years and never knew this was here).

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J Q
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Lisa Magill
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Trent Schwenkfelder
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Josh Mays
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Katie Sparks
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Jud Harmon
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Family of Free
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Kyle Miller
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Mary Riley
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Sean Broderick
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Robert Range
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