Big Springs Water Trail

Big Springs is the headwaters of Henry's Fork and is one of the largest springs in the country.

photo: Henry's Fork of the Snake River near the Coffee Pot Rapids area near Island Park, Idaho. Photo by wiki James N Perdue.

Length: 5.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry, Nature Trail
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation

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Location: On Henry Fork of Snake R off SR 84, ¾ mi. W of Big Springs.
State(s): Idaho
Counties: Freemont
Longitude: -111.25556
Latitude: 44.498

Driving Directions

From West Yellowstone, Montana, travel 22 miles south on Highway 20 to Mack's Inn. Turn east on the Big Springs Loop Rd. Travel 4.5 miles to campground.

Big Springs Campground is 4 1/2 miles from Macks Inn, ID which is part of Island Park. The nearest bigger town is West Yellowstone, MT 22 miles north of Macks Inn. Ashton, ID is 30 miles to the south. Ashton has several gas stations, motels, restaurants and a grocery store. Rexburg, ID is 50 miles to the south (this is home of the BYU-I campus) and Idaho Falls, ID is 90 miles to the south.

Description

Big Springs is the headwaters of Henry's Fork and is one of the largest springs in the country. Henry's Fork is considered one of the best fly-fishing streams in the nation. Fishermen cast for rainbow and brook trout. Tubing, canoeing, kayaking and rafting are also popular on the river.

The Big Springs National Recreation Water Trail can be accessed from the campground and ends 4.5 miles away at Macks Inn. It offers a lazy three-hour float or canoe trip through beautiful scenery. Wildlife, including moose, bald eagles and Sandhill cranes, are often seen along the trail.

The charming and historic John Sack Cabin is nearby, noted for its unique location, construction and furnishings.

Hiking, biking, horseback riding and ATVing are popular activities. Many miles of trails crisscross Island Park, including the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail and the Nez Perce Trail are in the area.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1981

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Information Contact:
Caribou-Targhee National Forest
1405 Hollipark Drive
Idaho Falls , ID
(208) 557-5900

 

Photos

Henry's Fork of the Snake River near the Coffee Pot Rapids area near Island Park, Idaho. Photo by wiki James N Perdue.

Henry's Fork of the Snake River near the Coffee Pot Rapids area near Island Park, Idaho. Photo by wiki James N Perdue.

Johnny Sack Cabin at Big Springs, Island Park, Idaho. Photo by wiki James N Perdue.

Johnny Sack Cabin at Big Springs, Island Park, Idaho. Photo by wiki James N Perdue.

 

Johnny Sack Cabin from above, at Big Springs, Island Park, Idaho. Photo by wiki James N Perdue.

Johnny Sack Cabin from above, at Big Springs, Island Park, Idaho. Photo by wiki James N Perdue.

Aerial View from Big Springs including the Henry's Fork of the Snake River that begins at this location. Photo by wiki James N Perdue.

Aerial View from Big Springs including the Henry's Fork of the Snake River that begins at this location. Photo by wiki James N Perdue.

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