Maclay Flat Nature Trail

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Maclay Flat Nature Trail is a 1.7 mile loop trail located near Missoula, Montana and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.7 miles
13 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



For an easy outing beyond the Missoula city limits, try the trail at Maclay Flat. The path is wide, level and surfaced to accommodate wheelchairs. It takes you along the Bitterroot River and through adjacent meadows, with some great views of mountains around Missoula. ( website)

3 days ago

Just a great walk/hike! Quite level and good gravel surface. Wonderful views of the Ponderosa Pines and meadows with surrounding foothills to the mountains. Nice stretch along the Bitterroot River too.

3 days ago

11 days ago

Easy walk or even run. Very peaceful and enjoyable. Went today around 5, not a lot of people, sun still out, and was overall a good trail. Would definitely go again!

19 days ago

Great place to do some birding, just get out or dip in the river. Moose can bee seen in mid summer occassionally. Pick up after your dog please.

4 months ago

Great place to fit in a half-hour hike. Pups must be on leash.

6 months ago

7 months ago

Super easy access and great for a quick stop by the river with the kids after school!

9 months ago

Beautiful, easy trail with river access. Take the 2 Mike loop. Great for leashed dogs and families. We start down the right side and end up skipping rocks in the river at the end every time with our kiddos.

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10 months ago

great little flat hike near town. nice loops and wide trails for hiking and jogging. watch for dog poop. great river accesses for the family.

10 months ago

Great for pups but must be on leash while walking.

10 months ago

11 months ago

Perfect for a quick hike with your child and or dog(s). We've completed this multiple times, since our son loves to go down to throw rocks in the river.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

It's a good walk for the dog or small fishing outing

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Nice easy walk that I take several times a week. About 40 minutes is needed to complete the larger of the 2 loops. Vault toilets at the parking lot. Varied assortment of birds to watch through the year. This is a heavily used area with lots of dogs. Ok with a stroller.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Great for a quick walk with the dog. Has access to the river and small beaches, benches and picnic tables. Also, Blue Mtn folf course is just across the road. Heavily used and not strenuous or lengthy for avid backpackers looking for an adventure.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Great for little children to complete. Fun easy and they like it!!

Friday, August 05, 2011

Fantastic little trail for walking with the family (if you have two little boys and an energetic 4-year-old daughter)! Also found an unusual geocache!!!