“Beautiful meandering combination of dirt, crushed gravel and pavement loop good for walking, and trail running.”
— Aaron Burrows
Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife
Need to Know
Parking at Riverside Park is free and plentiful. During the hot summer months, some mosquito repellant is advisable as there are a few large lakes as well as the Yellowstone River.
This run can be done clockwise or counterclockwise with no loss enjoyment. Add in additional spurs out and back to the river and get lost (but you really can't get too lost!) to check out old creek beds and feel like you are getting away from the action.
Looking for a nice flat trail run without the ever present concern for rattlesnakes on the Rim of Billings? Look no further! Aside from the mosquitos present during hot mid summer days, this park can easily provide a snake bite free experience of 3-5 miles by adding in out and back spurs that "peek-a-boo" Yellowstone River. You can't get lost here and the path is easy to follow winding in and out of the woods, along the river, next to small ponds and eventually returning to a park with bathrooms, picnic tables. You'll definitely see some dogs happily strolling with their owners and even swimming in the ponds.
You can start your run pretty much anywhere and follow the pavement before darting off on the crushed stone paths and dirt paths. Riverfront Park Loop is a favorite as it starts by a parking lot next to the Yellowstone River before heading onto a dirt path along the river. It meanders onto a 300 yard section of pavement before heading back onto crushed stone and into the woods. Footing is good and you can easily run 100% of the time. There are no big hills. Consider it a good recovery run with easy foot placements and a pretty park that hasn't attracted the drunks and meth users of Billings yet. While not crowded, you can feel pretty safe here.
Flora & Fauna
The typical fauna around Yellowstone river as well as midday mosquitos during the heat.
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