The Greenbelt and Boise’s Outdoor Hotspots

Many people can be found traipsing across the Greenbelt on a warm afternoon. The surrounding foliage and river banks make it the perfect getaway for someone who wants to reconnect with nature, or just get some exercise. The Greenbelt is a long nature path that starts up at Lucky Peak Dam and stretches all the way through Boise and Eagle, always following the majestic Boise River. There are many off shooting paths that take visitors off in other various directions for a dynamic and enjoyable experience.

The Greenbelt, as stated above, follows the flow of the Boise River which provides visitors with much wildlife and foliage to enjoy. However, the Greenbelt also leads to dozens of city parks along its length making it easy for people enjoying the path to also enjoy one or more of the great parks that the City of Boise has provided.

Table Rock

When people go into downtown Boise it is hard to miss Table Rock because of its prominence and beauty. Table Rock is a massive sandstone outcropping that overlooks the Treasure Valley, offering amazing views of the valley and parts of Oregon as well as the Boise National Forest. In the last few years, Table Rock has become a very popular adventuring destination for locals—the wind blasted caves and surrounding hiking areas being only two of its draws. Many people, in addition to enjoying the caves and trails, also enjoy seeing beautiful sunsets and sunrises from Table Rock’s summits making it a popular morning and evening hiking area.

To get to Table Rock, many people begin by hiking up a trail that starts from the old penitentiary up the steep foothills. This trail offers many great opportunities to see local flora and fauna. However, if you don’t want to take the 2½ hour hike up the face of Table Rock, never fear, there is also a road that cars can drive up that takes you 95% of the way to the top.

Near to Table Rock is also the old sandstone quarry where for many years sandstone was harvested for construction of many historic buildings. Due to the dangers that the quarry presents, it is prohibited to hike around or explore the quarry. The quarry’s borders are clearly marked, so don’t be afraid of accidentally trespassing.

Jump Creek Falls If you are looking for a great outdoor getaway, then Jump Creek Falls is the place for you. Jump Creek Falls is a seasonal waterfall that only appears during the spring time as the ice and snow melts of the mountains. The water cascades down from a 20+ foot cliff into a shallow pool below that is perfect for wading, swimming, and all sorts of aquatic fun.

Jump Creek is an hour and a half drive from Boise, out past Marsing, Idaho. From the parking lot, visitors can hike down a ¾ mile intermediate trail to the falls. It is not too hard of a trail, but should not be done alone. There are several off shooting trails of varying difficulty, with some that are perfect for horseback riding.

The falls park is open from sunrise to sunset. Due to the rapidly decreasing temperatures and quickly thickening dark, it can be quite hazardous after nightfall. However, if you have a permit from Owyhee County, you can camp there overnight—be sure to have the right gear, though.

Julia Davis Park

Downtown Boise has a lot of parks, but one of the biggest, and oldest, is the 90 acre Julia Davis Park. This park is a cultural center for the city. Its plethora of leisure paths, picnic areas, sports equipment, and other great amenities makes it one of the most visited park in the valley.

However, the park is not just a natural getaway, there are also many other parts of the park that you wouldn’t normally find in a city park. For instance, inside Julia Davis Park is Zoo Boise, the Boise Art Museum, and the Discovery Center. There is also a classic rose garden for people to enjoy that showcases many amazing roses donated to the park.

Ann Morrison Park

Located just across Capital Boulevard from Julia Davis Park is the ever popular Ann Morrison Park. This behemoth of a park is over one hundred and fifty acres large and often just feels like an extension of the wonderful Julia Davis Park. Anne Morrison Park, however, offers much more than the average park. A few examples of its uniqueness include its outdoor gym, bocce supplies, disc golf course, soccer fields, cricket areas, tennis courts, and softball diamonds. There are more outdoor activities that Ann Morrison provides the public, so if you have an afternoon off, you need to come check it out.

Kathryn Albertsons Park

Just across the street from Ann Morrison Park is the lovely Kathryn Albertsons Park. This park is not like your usual park, it doesn’t have playgrounds or tennis courts—in fact, it doesn’t have any of that. In fact, it is simply a nature park. Its main features include densely wooded areas, water features, and a large amount of native wildlife.

This park is a refuge for people and animals. Designed for a tranquil time in the park, Kathryn Albertson Park’s lack of play equipment makes it the perfect place for people looking to reconnect with nature or to get their mind off of the struggles of their everyday lives. Many photographers also love Kathryn Albertson Park for its natural beauty. Constantly using it for backdrops for their photos.

The Greenbelt and these parks are only a few of the great outdoor getaways that are available to Boise and Treasure Valley residents. Check out the City of Boise’s website for more park information, and ask your real estate agent about what places are must visit during your trip here.

If you want any more information about Boise or the Treasure Valley, contact one of our licensed professionals—they will be glad to help you.

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