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Kootenai Falls and Swinging Bridge Trail

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Kootenai National Forest

Kootenai Falls and Swinging Bridge Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Troy, Montana that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 1.6 mi Elevation gain 170 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Forest

Partially paved

River

Views

Waterfall

Waypoints (0)
Facilities
Tips
Getting There

Good parking, toilets, gifts (seasonal) and snacks (seasonal).

You can cross the swinging bridge to get to the other side of the river and there is a small beach where you can swim in the river, or go to the connecting trail to Kootenai Falls where you can swim in the natural pool in front of the falls.

On US Hwy 2 near Troy, MT at the Kootenai River Historical Marker.

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Molly Reimer
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Walking

Be warned, if your dog is afraid of stairs! There are many! High traffic!

Shawnee Webb
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Hiking

Amazing trail!! Love love love this one! Every view is so amazing! Very busy! I’d recommend going before 8am or later at night if you can!

Carissa Danielle
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Hiking

Breathtaking!!! Go before 9 am or after 7 pm. It’s wayyyyyy too busy during the day. We went around 8 pm and the place to ourselves.

Suzy Nesbit
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Hiking

This was the most gorgeous trail, especially the falls! I could have stayed all day. We went on a Saturday and there were quite a few people. I brought my small dog. The bridge is meant for one-way use, so you have to wait your turn. Not really much of a hike, but spectacular scenery!

Caitlyn Houlihan-Brown
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Hiking

HIGH foot traffic

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Ona Steward
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my favorite. good family/friends hike

Adrian K
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Hiking

Hiked 7/4/20 in the afternoon. This is an easy hike. However, the scenery and views are awesome. Please note that pets are scared of walking on a swinging bridge. I saw dog owners having to carry their, in some cases, quite large dogs.

Mike Tacchella
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Walking

Very cool. Kids loved it. Had to carry the dog up and down the stairs, she didn’t like the expanded metal!

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Matt Vittal
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Hiking

Fun trail with great views of the river and falls.

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Peyton Rodriguez
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Hiking

Such a cool hike/walk! There's a cool "Trail Head Grill" at the beginning which was awesome! We walked right up to the falls and were able to get wet! Bridge is amazing too!

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Christopher Scott Renfro
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Hiking

great stop on the way to Glacier...easy hike to see the falls and the swinging bridge...incredible scenery

Rene lambert
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Hiking

Beautiful, short, easy. Trailhead is right off the highway. There is a little snack/lunch stand and restrooms.

Tori Cromley
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Great views. Definitely recommend. It was raining when we were on our way here but the trails weren't muddy. We ventured to the top of the waterfall for some cool views.

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Ryan Burke
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not much of a hike. a few flights of stairs. I went during the run off season, that is some powerful water. the bridge is pretty neat. lots of wild flowers. less people traffic before 9

Katie Petersen
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Rocky

The two trails are not far from each other, but take your time on each as they go up and down and are very rocky. One cannot take strollers, wheelchairs, or dogs...unless you can carry the dogs on the 3 storey risen grate stairs. They will cut open their paws. With the heads up said, it's a great place to explore. You can easily spend an hour if you walk it all. It's worth it. There are 2 vault toilets, picnic tables, and food available.

Stephanie B
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Hiking

A family favorite! Always a nice walk to the falls!

Toby Hancock
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Hiking

This is a short hike off US Hwy 2, and well worth it. The turquoise rapids, sounds and view are one of a kind.

Ken K
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Amy Hern
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Hiking

Beautiful waterfalls. Swinging bridge can get very busy and crowded. In fact, the whole area gets pretty busy and crowded.

Janet Nead
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Monica Oliver
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Very busy! Beautiful, but not peaceful.

Samantha Teresi
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Josh Bourgeois
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Hiking

Beautiful views and trails! My whole family loved it!

Justin F.
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Hiking

Well maintained trail. Busy. Beautiful vistas and great suspension bridge. Fork Trail Sign missing, but as stated in an earlier review, left to bridge, right to falls. Restrooms closed.

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Jacquie Eslick
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HikingMuddy

Short hike to beautiful falls! The directional signs have recently been stolen but once across the RR bridge head left to the upper falls and right to the swinging bridge. Both sites were picture perfect and I am planning on going again soon. Right now bathrooms and snack shack are closed.

George McKee
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Muddy

Easy hike but the view is spectacular. If you have a problem with heights the swinging bridge is not for you. Will come back in the summer.

Marissa Scott
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Hiking

Beautiful as always. Still really muddy!

Zach Anderson
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We love coming here. Kinda muddy today, but super gorgeous!

Bekah Manderscheid
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Aaron Stuber
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Hiking

Totally awesome place! My children were amazed by the falls and loved the swinging bridge. The bathrooms at the trail head were locked on the day we went, might be a seasonal thing.

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