Children navigate a grassy labyrinth in Frank Day Park.
Everyone from tots to seniors enjoys our trails," says Jim Daniels, director of parks and recreation for Lewistown, Mont., 125 miles north of Billings on Highway 87. "My favorite area is Brewery Flats, because it's a bit wild. You can jump off the trail, throw a line in, and fish."
Part of a 17-mile-long trail system, the Brewery Flats segment meanders along Big Spring Creek amid willow trees and chokecherry bushes. Walkers and cyclists glimpse ducks and ospreys and often spy a pair of resident kingfishers feeding on minnows. Busy chickadees provide a lively sound track.
The trail largely follows the former Burlington Northern-Santa Fe rail bed, linking the city center with schools, historic neighborhoods, and grassy Frank Day Park, site of a handsome labyrinth. Kids love exploring Frog Ponds Park, where they can fish for rainbow trout. Up the trail toward the airport, you may spot a pair of bison behind the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge headquarters. Pick up a trail map at the chamber of commerce on Main Street. (406) 535- 5436, enjoylewistown.com.
Photography courtesy of Terra Dawn Parker
This article was first published in September 2013. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.