One of Boise’s most beloved parks, the Greenbelt parallels the Boise River for 26 shaded miles from Garden City to Barber Park. Lined with tall dense trees and with a steady cool breeze from the river, the Greenbelt offers a refreshing break when the city’s summer temps soar above 100.
What Makes It Great
Passing through a number of large city parks, the Greenbelt is paved on both the north and south sides of the river. With multiple bridge crossings to choose from, it is easy to customize a loop for the specific distance or time you’re looking to pound the pavement.
Though the trail is a vital and car-free artery through the city, encountering wildlife including deer, foxes, hawks and Canadian Geese herding their flock of ducklings is common. So is being entertained by boaters and surfers practicing skills in River Park’s wave or fly fishermen casting their lines. And considering that Boise was dubbed “freakishly friendly” by travel guru Rick Steves, don't be surprised by the many smiles and greetings from other running/biking/walking trail users.
Who is Going to Love It
When heavy spring rain or winter snow vetoes trail running and mountain biking in the Foothills, this paved trail is the perfect alternative for runners and cyclists. Time and distance on the Greenbelt can be easily tailored whether you’re looking for a quick 30-45 minute lunchtime run or are preparing for a half or full marathon.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
There are several point to get on/off the greenbelt, so check out the Greenbelt map for directions.