The River’s Edge Trail boasts art, sculptures, and world-class views of the Missouri River. The River’s Edge Trail provides a direct connection to outdoor opportunities, alluring landscapes, and innovative art. Whether you are looking for a place to just get away for a while, ride a bike, run, visit a park, or go fishing, the Trail is the place to go. Along the trail, you will find a panoramic view of Great Falls through a free telescope at the Warden Park Gazebo, singletrack trails, up-close views of the 5 nearby falls of the Missouri, access to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and the world’s largest freshwater springs and shortest rivers at Giant Springs State Park.
Great Falls just welcomed the 24th creative piece of artwork to the trail. Local artist Alex Smithson created the newest sculpture that greets cyclists, walkers, and joggers along the River’s Edge Trail. Located behind the federal building, the Pelican was designed from tool bits, a signature style of Alex’s. Many of his other sculptures can be seen along the trail, making this the perfect spot to immerse yourself in Art & Adventure.The pelican sculpture is a tribute to the diverse species of birds that travel through Great Falls along the North American migratory path. Throughout the year, you see bird species throughout Great Falls, and the River’s Edge Trail is the perfect place to view the spectacular beauty of nature. For an amazing birding adventure, head to Benton Lake Wildlife Refuge, a central spot along the migratory path. Minutes for Great Falls, you will see birds, wildlife, and the majestic Rocky Mountain Front at Freezeout Lake.
When you return to Great Falls, wander through downtown to enjoy the ever-growing Urban Art project. The Great Falls Urban Art Project makes downtown Great Falls more interesting and lively, and nowhere else in Montana can you see decorated electric boxes, painted parking meters, hand-made bike racks, pedlets, and more. Great Falls offers a world of art, culture, outdoor experiences, and wildlife viewing, all within a short walk or drive from your hotel room.
We look forward to seeing you in Great Falls soon, your basecamp for art & adventure is waiting.