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Boise River Greenbelt


Everything You Need to Know About the Boise Greenbelt

Once a railroad right-of-way, now Boise’s 25-mile long trail stretching the entire length of the community.

Our beloved Boise River Greenbelt begins at the Lucky Peak Dam and extends 25 miles along the Boise River. The tree-lined pathway trails through the city and multiple parks for an abundance of beautiful views and wildlife.

The Boise Greenbelt was first conceived in the mid-60s and started with two or three small parcels of land being donated to the city in an effort to work towards to plan of a greenbelt. With time the city of Boise acquired more and more land for the Boise Greenbelt Project. It is now one of the major “landmarks” that contributes to the vibrancy of the city.

Learn more about the history of the Boise Greenbelt:

https://totallyboise.com/Local-Stories/ArticleID/73/History-of-the-boise-greenbelt

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Points of Attraction

There are so many attractions and parks that line the Boise River Greenbelt, each offering a variety of recreation activities, here are a few to check out!

  • Lucky Peak State Park

    The perfect place for swimming, picnicking, fishing, boating, biking, and more.

  • Barber Park

    Hop on the river and take a float, or stay and play at the park.

  • Quinn’s Pond

    Boise River’s “outdoor gym” where you can rent a paddleboard, take a swim, or layout on the beach.

  • Julia Davis Park

    The city's oldest park, home to Municipal Rose Garden and various outdoor amenities.

  • Willow Lane Athletic Complex

    Featuring several softball fields, a soccer field, playground, and dirt jump park

  • Shoreline Park

    With grassy open areas, picnic benches, and a river overlook.

  • Natatorium Pool

    Voted Boise’s best public pool, offers a 12-foot deep pool, waterslide, and diving area.

  • Warm Springs Golf Course

    An 18-hole championship course shaded by trees and located on the banks of the Boise River.

  • Marianne Williams Park

    The 72-acre site located on the Boise River, with an abundance of beautiful pathways.

  • Quail Hollow Golf Course

    A 7-star golf course, offering a full-length driving range, putting green, and a full service pro shop.

  • Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial

    An educational park inspired by Anne Frank’s faith in humanity.

  • Bown Crossing

    Southeast Boise’s hub for restaurants and retail shops.

Greenbelt Etiquette and Rules

Greenbelt Etiquette

  • Stay only on designated trails
  • Pedestrians have the right of way at all times
  • All Greenbelt users should stay to the right and use caution under bridges
  • Pedestrians shouldn’t walk more than two abreast
  • Motorized vehicles and hoofed animals are prohibited
  • Non-paved sections are restricted to foot traffic only
  • Dogs are allowed only on a leash of 8 feet or less, pick up after your pet
  • Cyclists, e-scooter users, and in-line skaters should maintain speeds safe for conditions
  • Don’t harass or encroach on wildlife
Greenbelt Safety Tips

Safety Tips!

  • Stay Alert.
  • Trust your instincts.
  • Travel in well-lit areas.
  • Carry a cellphone.
  • Report to the police any unwanted contacts by strangers.
  • Walk with company.
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The Boise River Greenbelt is 50 years old, this year!

The community is celebrating the Boise River Greenbelt over a three-day span September 19-21, 2019. The Parks and Recreation Department and Boise City Department of Arts and History are planning a series of events and a community-driven storytelling campaign. There will be opportunities to walk, bike, and enjoy the Greenbelt to attend historical talks, take guided Greenbelt tours, attend a concert in the park, and more.

50 Year Anniversary Schedule:

Thursday, September 19

Kickoff Event at the historic Egyptian Theatre, 6:30 p.m.

  • Mayor Bieter will honor the Greenbelt’s past and the leaders who continue to shape its future. Tickets are free, but registration is required.
Friday, September 20

Time Capsule Unveiling at Shoreline Park, 10:30 a.m.

  • Gather to open the time capsule buried 20 years ago, holding pieces of the greenbelt’s past.

Afternoon Walking and Biking Tours, various times available

  • Join for a walking or biking tour along the Boise River Greenbelt. Learn about the Greenbelt’s past and get a glimpse into the future.
Saturday, September 21

Boise Goes the ExtraMile One-Mile Run/Walk, 10:30 a.m.

  • Boise Parks and Recreation and Boise State University are hosting a community one-mile fun run/walk along the Boise River Greenbelt. Sign-up for this free community activity.

Food Truck Rally and Party at Ann Morrison Park, 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • Continue to celebrate at Ann Morrison Park with food trucks, games, and more.

Free Jazz Concert at Ann Morrison Park, 6 p.m.

  • Free concert in the park! Bring a blanket and a picnic.

For More Information Visit: City of Boise