Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry, Nature Trail
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No Allowed Uses:
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
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Location: On Henry Fork of Snake R off SR 84, ¾ mi. W of Big Springs.
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.
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.
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
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Caribou-Targhee National Forest
1405 Hollipark Drive
Idaho Falls , ID
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