Boise's Greenbelt and Other Great Outdoor Getaways
What is the Greenbelt?
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Boise Greenbelt, it is a dynamic and entertaining leisure and exercise path that works its way from one end of the Treasure Valley to the next. The Greenbelt stretches from Lucky Peak Dam and Reservoir all the way down through Eagle, following the natural course of the iconic Boise River.
The Greenbelt is the perfect place for people who want to get outside and reconnect with nature as it weaves through the city, the banks of the river, and even connects with dozens of city parks. The Greenbelt, however, is not just a straight path - no - there are actually dozens of smaller paths that spider out from the main belt loop that connect Greenbelt goers with other parts of the city. This makes it convenient for those who use the Greenbelt for transportation as it passes by Boise State University, Hewlett Packard campus, and hundreds of other office buildings and work places through Boise, Garden City and Eagle.
Have you Heard of Table Rock?
If you haven't heard of Table Rock, then you are in for a treat, because this outdoor getaway is a local favorite. Table Rock is a massive sandstone outcropping that stands guard over downtown Boise, a few hundred feet above the valley floor. It offers breathtaking views of both the Treasure Valley (as well as parts of Oregon) and the Boise National Forest and the Foothills of the Rocky Mountains. These views, and the windblown caves that pepper the outcropping, draw many people to Table Rock every week.
Many people brave the 2 hour hike from the valley floor to summit Table Rock. It is a path that starts by the old penitentiary and leads up the face of the mountain. It is an intermediate hike, so keep that in mind before going. However, if you want to enjoy Table Rock without the hike, there is a road that takes you ninety percent of the way up the back side of the mountain. Due to the large deposits of sandstone near and around Table Rock there is an old sandstone quarry right next door. It is a very dangerous place, so do not venture inside. There are many signs that mark it off, so don't be worried about accidentally stumbling upon it.
Jump On In at Jump Creek Falls!
If you want to see a spectacular spring oasis, then Jump Creek Falls is a place you may like to explore. Jump Creek Falls is a seasonal location. Only during the spring time as the snow melts off the mountain does it become a gorgeous waterfall. The water falls from a 15 to 20+ foot cliff into a beautiful pool, making it as picturesque as you can get in the desert portions of southern Idaho.
To get to the trail head to Jump Creek Falls, it is an hour and a half drive from Boise and out past Marsing. Once you are in the parking lot, you take a ten-minute trail that is beginner to intermediate level (there are some significant ups and downs, as well as river crossing involved). Surrounding the Jump Creek Falls area are plenty of other trails that are available as well, some of which are perfect for horseback riding.
Jump Creek Falls is only open from sunup to sundown. It is prohibited to be there after dark unless you have a camping permit. The reason being that the park gets dark very quickly and very completely and it is hard to see without the proper gear. Not to mention the temperature drops rapidly. So, if you have the camping permits, be sure to have the right gear for light and warmth.
Julia Davis Park
One of Boise's biggest and oldest parks is located downtown near Boise State University. The parks name is Julia Davis Park. Named after a prominent man in Idaho's history's wife, this park is a ninety-acre facility that has grown into one of Boise's most prominent and beloved parks - becoming more like a cultural center than a park. Julia Davis Park is full of many amenities that visitors can enjoy. For instance, the park has playgrounds, picnic areas, sports equipment, paths, and much more.
Julia Davis is not just a park, however, there are also many other things to enjoy, one of which is the Boise Zoo. Filled with many exotic animals this zoo is fully functional and something that everyone can enjoy. The Boise Art Museum, the Discovery Center, and several other establishments are also part of Julia Davis Park. Not to mention the popular rose garden that showcases dozens of well-kept rose bushes for visitors to admire.
Ann Morrison Park
Located only across the street from Julia Davis Park, Ann Morrison Park is another of Boise's biggest and frequently trafficked public parks. In fact, Ann Morrison Park is the biggest park in Boise. Coming in at a whopping 150 acres, Ann Morrison is a large public space that is open for all to enjoy.
Aside from the usual playgrounds, grassy fields, and leisure paths, Ann Morrison also offers visitors many other outdoor opportunities for fun. The park is also outfitted with an outdoor gym, soccer fields, bocce supplies, a disc golf course, tennis courts, softball diamonds, and even places to play cricket. It is the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon, so if you have the time, check it out!
The City of Boise really tries to make things fun for residents and to provide them with great opportunities to get outside and enjoy themselves. These are only a few of the many many parks that the city provides, there are many more in neighborhoods around the valley as well that are great for the outdoor lover in us all. So check them out, and come check Boise out as well. You'll be glad you did. Contact one of our licensed agents to schedule a visit, they'll be happy to help you.