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Jefferson County, with more than 550,000 acres of public land, has something for everyone – from rivers for floating to hiking and camping in the Elkhorn Mountains. An extensive trail system offers incredible opportunities for both motorized and non-motorized recreation. The area also offers a number of historical attractions and a wide variety of options for the avid hunter and fisherman.


Recreation - Camping

There’s no better way to spend some quality time with family and friends than spending the night in the great outdoors. Whether you’re wanting to hike in and pitch a tent or drive in and hookup your RV, Jefferson County has plenty of great campsites that are sure to make everyone a happy camper.


Galena Gulch

Description
A great little free campground on BLM land outside of Helena, MT, sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The campground had a nice river flowing along the border.

Website
https://www.campendium.com/galena-gulch-recreation-area


Freedom Point Picnic Area

Description
Freedom Point, part of Sheepshead Mountain Recreation Area, provides a picturesque location for weddings, receptions, large family gatherings, and group picnics.

Website
https://www.recreation.gov/camping/freedom-point-picnic-area/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=75261


Sheepshead Recreation Area

Description
Sheepshead Recreation Area, located approximately 20 miles north of Butte, provides opportunities for day use picnicking and fishing at Maney Lake.

Website
https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/bdnf/recreation/fishing/recarea/?recid=5699&actid=42


Whitehouse Campground

Description
Whitehouse Campground, located in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, features five campsites and great access to fishing and hiking.

Website
https://www.visitmt.com/listings/general/national-forest-campground/whitehouse-campground.html


Park Lake Campground

Description
Park Lake Campground and fishing access are located in the Helena National Forest in southwest Montana. At an elevation of 6500 feet, the site encompasses 10 acres.

Website
http://southwestmt.com/listings/2605.htm


Whitetail Creek RV Park

Description
Whitetail Creek RV Park is a full-service RV park with 10 sites featuring RV hookups including 30 or 50 amp power, sewer, and water as well as showers and a small store.

Website
http://southwestmt.com/listings/13606.htm


Toll Mountain Campground

Description
Toll Mountain Campground, located in Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, features five campsites and handicapped-accessible restrooms.

Website
http://southwestmt.com/listings/2635.htm


Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

Description
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park is Montana's first and best-known state park featuring one of the most decorated limestone caverns in the Northwest.

Website
http://southwestmt.com/listings/3088.htm


Recreation - Fishing

Some of the finest fly fishing is found in Jefferson County, Montana. Drop a line in one of the many rivers or streams and watch the water come alive. Trout are abundant, and fishermen are scarce. What more could you ask for?


Jefferson River

Description
The Jefferson River begins near Twin Bridges, Montana, with the confluence of the Beaverhead, Big Hole and Ruby Rivers, and flows for more than eighty miles to its confluence with the Missouri River in Three Forks, Montana. Review the information on guided fishing trips, floating and river conditions to plan your perfect trip.

Website
https://www.bigskyfishing.com/rivers/southwest-montana/jefferson-river/


Park Lake Campground

Description
Park Lake Campground, located approximately 20 miles southwest of Helena, Montana, provides an opportunity to camp near the placid, lovely Park Lake. Enjoy fishing for cutthroat trout and grayling in this beautiful mountain lake, hand launch non-motorized boats or picnic along the lakeshore.

Website
https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/hlcnf/recarea/?recid=62843


Cardwell Bridge Fishing Access Site

Description
Directions and general information to Cardwell Bridge.

Website
https://myfwp.mt.gov/fishMT/fas/39753432


Mayflower Bridge Fishing Access Site

Description
This 20-acre site provides access to hunting, fishing, and boating.

Website
https://myfwp.mt.gov/fishMT/fas/39753568


Parrot Castle Fishing Access Site

Description
Enjoy fishing and hunting in the 33-acre Parrot Castle area.

Website
https://myfwp.mt.gov/fishMT/fas/39753428


Cargill Outfitters

Description
Cargill Outfitters is ready to guide you on your next adventure, whether it’s horseback riding, hunting, fishing, or wildlife watching and photography.

Website
http://southwestmt.com/listings/99.htm


Homestake Lake Recreation Area

Description
Homestake picnic ground is located in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in southwest Montana at an elevation of 6,300 feet. This area is for day use picnicking only and a small lake at the site provides fishing. Scenic trails nearby are great for hiking, ATV riding, and motorcycle riding.

Website
https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/bdnf/recarea/?recid=5735


Recreation - Hiking

Wide-open country and endless skies are out there looking to be explored. Whether you want a short day hike or several days of backpacking adventure, look no further than the multiple trails in Jefferson County. These rolling trails will take you through pine forests, along rocky outcroppings, and next to roaring rivers. Whichever route you choose, you are sure to have a hike to remember.


Homestake Picnic Area

Description
Once a flag stop for the Northern Pacific Railroad, the Homestake Picnic Area provides day use of the lake, tables, fire rings, and bathroom services. Scenic trails nearby are great for hiking, ATV riding, and motorcycle riding.

Website
https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/bdnf/recarea/?recid=5735


Elkhorn Mountains

Description
Topographic map and information about recreating in the Elkhorn Mountain Range, an inactive volcanic mountain range that is part of the Helena National Forest.

Website
https://www.anyplaceamerica.com/directory/mt/jefferson-county-30043/ranges/elkhorn-mountains-783135/


Strawberry Cabin

Description
Explore a magnificent recreation and wildlife resource at the doorstep of Montana's Capital City, taking you from prairie to alpine, mayflies to mountain goats, and scenic driving to expert climbing routes.

Website
https://www.recreation.gov/camping/strawberry-cabin/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=156590


Backpack to Casey Meadow

Description
Backpack to Casey Meadow in the Elkhorn Mountains on a trail that follows the creek in the meadow, leading to a steep trail full of switchbacks that takes you up to Casey Peak.

Website
https://westerner54.com/2012/05/10/backpack-to-casey-meadow/


Hike To Casey Peak

Description
On the Hike to Casey Peak, a continuous climb from the road to the meadows, you’ll cover a lot of elevation, crossing a couple of creeks on your way.

Website
https://outdoormontanans.com/visitmt-hike-to-casey-peak/


Maupin/Willard Creek Trail

Description
Willard Creek Trail is a short trail segment providing access into the Elkhorn Mountains and the area burned in the 1988 Warm Springs Fire. With parking capacity for six vehicles, this is a great family trail.

Website
https://www.visitmt.com/listings/general/national-forest-trail/maupin-willard-creek-trail.html


Cottonwood Lake

Description
Information and locator map for Cottonwood Lake.

Website
https://montana.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,1,fid,781739,n,cottonwood%20lake.cfm


Recreation - Horseback Riding

Come ride with us through the wide open spaces of Jefferson County. Whether you have your own horse or want to saddle up with a local ranch, you will be treated to a beautiful view no matter what trail you decide to take.


Horseback Riding Trails Near Jefferson County, MT

Description
A map with the locations and general information of several of the best horseback trails in the area.

Website
https://www.trails.com/us/mt/jefferson-county/horseback-riding#lat=45.9300912672346&lon=-112.22416700000002&z=12&m=outdoors


Cargill Outfitters

Description
Cargill Outfitters is ready to guide you on your next adventure, whether it’s horseback riding, hunting, fishing, or wildlife watching and photography.

Website
http://southwestmt.com/listings/99.htm


Iron Wheel Guest Ranch

Description
We offer a scenic, quiet, peaceful setting where you can relax and enjoy your stay.

Iron Wheel Guest Ranch features friendly hospitality with fishing and trail rides in a beautiful rural setting with easy access. In spring, come enjoy watching nature wake up with wildflowers and wildlife babies as they begin to appear.

Website
http://ironwheel.com/


Recreation - Miscellaneous

Along with all of the adventure opportunity in Jefferson County, you can also find relaxation at one of the county’s many destinations. With multiple ranches available for special events and weekend getaways, one is sure to suit your style. Or, explore six acres of stunning gardens and arboretum during a visit to Tizer Botanical Gardens.


HURL Elkhorn Endurance Runs

Description
A collection of ultrarunning trail races following trails in the Elkhorn Mountains.

Website
https://hurlelkhorn.com/


Montana City Trails and Trust

Description
The Montana City Trails and Trust seeks to plan, fund, construct and maintain, expand and connect pedestrian, bicycle and non-motorized recreational trails for the benefit of the Montana City Community and northern Jefferson County.

Website
http://mtcitytrails.com/


The Jesse A. Marcel Library

Description
The Jesse A. Marcel Library is dedicated to the collection and dissemination of factual information concerning UFOs.

Website
https://www.jaml.org/


Sheep Mountain Climbing

Description
Sheep Mountain, or "Clancy," is an old school trad climbers hang out filled with granite cracks and towers, a few sport and mixed routes, and a seemingly endless amount of bouldering potential.

Website
https://www.mountainproject.com/area/111589639/sheep-mountain


Radon Health Mines

Description
There are only four radon health mines in the United States, and all four of them are located within twenty minutes’ drive of each other in the Boulder-Basin area south of Helena.

Website
https://www.helenamt.com/radon-health-mines-of-boulder-basin-montana/


4-R Ranch

Description
The historic 4-R Ranch boasts 900 acres of high meadows and forest land, making it the perfect surroundings for your next event or hunting escape.

Website
http://www.4-rranch.com/home.html


Recreation - Mountain Biking

Fire roads and single track trail are abundant in the hills and mountains of Jefferson County. You can go out for a short ride or make it an all-day gravel grind of an adventure. Trails in the area rate from beginner to expert status with some of the best views of Big Sky country to be had.


Butte 100

Description
Information about the Butte 100 mountain bike race.

Website
http://butte100.com/race-information/


Pipestone Mountain Bike Trails

Description
Information about Pipestone bike trails. Includes distance, difficulty, length, and directions. This page lists out the popular trails in the area.

Website
https://www.trailforks.com/region/pipestone-18242/


The Best Mountain Bike Trails in South Elkhorns

Description
A list of the best mountain biking trails in the South Elkhorns.

Website
https://www.trailforks.com/region/south-elkhorns-19790/trails/


Tizer Lakes Road

Description
Information about Tizer Lakes Road bike trail. Includes distance, difficulty, length and directions.

Website
https://www.trailforks.com/trails/tizer-lakes-road/


Iron Mine

Description
Information about Iron Mine bike trail. Includes distance, difficulty, length, and directions.

Website
https://www.trailforks.com/trails/iron-mine/


Muskrat Creek

Description
Information about Muskrat Creek bike trail. Includes distance, difficulty, length and directions.

Website
https://www.trailforks.com/trails/muskrat-creek/


Recreation - Off Roading

Kick some dust up on one of Jefferson County’s many dirt roads. The trails are open to both two and four-wheeled vehicles and provide endless views and adventures in the backcountry.


Clancy OHV area

Description
The Clancy OHV area is open year-round and offers ten miles of woods trails, plenty for a full day of adventure.

Website
https://www.riderplanet-usa.com/atv/trails/info/montana_14000/ride_5145.htm


Lava Mountain Trail

Description
The eight-mile Lava Mountain Trail was originally developed as a motorized OHV area, but is great for mountain bike enthusiasts, too.

Website
http://www.offroaders.com/reviewbox/showproduct.php?product=571


Pipestone OHV area

Description
Information about the OHV trails and driving directions to the area.

Website
https://www.riderplanet-usa.com/atv/trails/info/montana_13424/ride_d722.htm


Strawberry Cabin

Description
Explore a magnificent recreation and wildlife resource at the doorstep of Montana's Capital City, taking you from prairie to alpine, mayflies to mountain goats, and scenic driving to expert climbing routes.

Website
https://www.recreation.gov/camping/strawberry-cabin/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=156590


Recreation - Winter Sports

Looking for some white space to make your mark? Well, look no further. Montana boasts some of the best powder around — perfect for making fresh tracks. Plenty of opportunity is available all around Jefferson County for you to get some solid outdoor adventure when the mercury drops.


Best Trails Near Jefferson County MT

Description
Jefferson County has dozens of trails in the vicinity, including 21 hiking trails, 21 for walking and 66 for other activities. These trails range from 0.1 to 5 miles in length. The longest trail in Jefferson County is Blm 14 a well-known trail measuring 5 miles in total length.

Website
https://www.trails.com/us/mt/jefferson-county#lat=46.29077896139236&lon=-112.12207033764571&z=8&m=outdoors


Elkhorn Mountains

Description
Topographic map and information about recreating in the Elkhorn Mountain Range, an inactive volcanic mountain range that is part of the Helena National Forest.

Website
https://www.anyplaceamerica.com/directory/mt/jefferson-county-30043/ranges/elkhorn-mountains-783135/


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