Best state parks in Montana

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Explore the most popular state parks in Montana with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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Best state parks (34)
#1 - Sluice Boxes State Park
Montana
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Sluice Boxes State Park offers access to fishing, river floats and wildlife viewings. Steep cliffs, rugged terrain, and cold, swift water may pose risks to visitors. Please use caution while hiking and floating in the park. A Backcountry Campsite Permit is required to camp in this park. Check with Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff in the Great Falls office when planning your trip.Show more
#2 - Whitefish Lake State Park
Montana
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Whitefish Lake State Park is a popular destination for boating, swimming and fishing. As part of the Whitefish hiking and biking trail system, and a short drive from Whitefish Mountain ski resort, recreational activities are abundant.Show more
#3 - Lone Pine State Park
Montana
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The overlooks at Lone Pine State Park present a dramatic view of the Flathead Valley. On a clear day, you can see Flathead Lake, Big Mountain, the Jewel Basin and Glacier National Park.Show more
#4 - Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
Montana
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Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park showcases one of the most highly decorated limestone caverns in the Northwest. Naturally air conditioned, these spectacular caves, lined with stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and helictites, date back through time. Tours are available May 1 - September 30.Show more
#5 - Pictograph Cave State Park
Montana
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The Pictograph, Middle and Ghost cave complex was home to generations of prehistoric hunters. With its abundant wildlife and vegetation, the fertile river valley provided an ideal campsite for travelers. These caves were the site of Montana's first professional archaeological studies and excavations beginning in 1937. Over 30,000 artifacts have been identified from the park. A short paved trail allows visitors to view the rock paintings, known as pictographs, that are still visible in Pictograph Cave, the largest of the three.Show more
#6 - Missouri Headwaters State Park
Montana
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Missouri Headwaters State Park provides outdoor interpretive signs, picnic spots, short hiking trails, a small campground. Within the boundaries of the park and National Historic Landmark, the Jefferson, Madison, and Gallatin rivers merge to form the 2,300 mile Missouri River.Show more
#7 - Makoshika State Park
Montana
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Makoshika State Park is Montana's largest state park. The visitor center at the park entrance offers exhibits explaining the site's geologic, fossil, and prehistoric stories.Show more
#8 - Tower Rock State Park
Montana
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Tower Rock State Park is one of Montana's newest state parks. The 400-foot high igneous rock formation lies in a 140-acre site along the stretch of the Missouri River between Craig, Montana and Pelican Point Fishing Access Site. The public can park their vehicle in the spacious parking lot, then learn about the geology and history of the site with five interpretive panels located at the trail head. The trail to the base of the saddle is maintained for a quarter-mile. Tower Rock State Park is a day use only park. Overnight camping is allowed in nearby fishing access sites. Before Tower Rock was referenced in the journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, many Native American tribes used the rock as a landmark when they were entering and leaving the rich buffalo grounds of today's north central Montana. Captain Meriwether Lewis noted in his journal "an Indian road enters the mountain at the same place with the river on the Stard side and continues along it's border under the steep clifts." Lewis also wrote in his journal, "At this place there is a large rock of 400 feet high wich stands immediately in the gap which the Missouri makes on it's passage from the mountains... This rock I called the tower. It may be ascended with some difficulty nearly to it's summit and from it there is a most pleasing view of the country we are now about to leave. From it I saw that evening immense herds of buffaloe in the plains below." Meriwether Lewis, July 16, 1805 This famous rock became a landmark for native tribes, the Corps of Discovery, fur trappers and traders and many more that followed in their footsteps. Now you can follow in their footsteps when you take in the beauty and nature of Tower Rock State Park.Show more
#9 - Wayfarers State Park
Montana
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The rocky cliffs along the shoreline of Wayfarers State Park offer beautiful views at any time of day. Located just outside the charming town of Bigfork, Wayfarers State Park provides public access for boat launching, swimming and camping.Show more
#10 - Granite Ghost Town State Park
Montana
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The remnants of this once thriving 1890's silver boomtown bear stark witness to Montana's boom-and-bust mining history. The road from Philipsburg to Granite is narrow, steep and winding. Be prepared to pull over for oncoming traffic and enjoy the vistas. A vehicle with good clearance is recommended.Show more
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