Foy’s to Blacktail Trails

 

A popular community trail system just 10 minutes from downtown Kalispell.  Contains miles of beautiful forested trails suitable for all ages and nearly all abilities, from families with small children and seniors to serious athletes.

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The Foy’s to Blacktail Trails at Herron Park, just 10 minutes from downtown Kalispell, provide hikers, runners, cyclists and equestrians with miles of trails for healthy outdoor recreation.  Because of their beauty and proximity, these trails are popular year round with locals and visitors to the area seeking a walk or ride in the woods in a beautiful, natural setting. Many people use the trails for their daily exercise routine.

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While the project is ongoing, an important capital campaign to purchase and permanently protect the most popular destination on the trail system is active through 2014.  Since 2010, Foy’s to Blacktail Trails, Inc.  (FTBT) has added 260 acres to Flathead County-owned Herron Park, and needs your help to buy the final 60 acres, including the beautiful Foy’s Overlook, and add it to the park by early 2015.

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Easy access from town, breathtaking beauty, and a variety of trails suited to nearly all abilities make this project a success.  People enjoy walking, running and riding the trails because they are close to Kalispell yet feature beautiful valley views, wildflowers, and wildlife viewing opportunities. Several competitive running, cycling, and equestrian events are held on the trails each year. Each event attracts hundreds of participants, many of whom train diligently prior to the events.

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On average, more than a hundred people enjoy the trails each day.  Montana Conservation Corps hosts volunteer work days twice annually, during which dozens of local volunteers turn out to help build and/or maintain the trails. Participants from Kalispell Rotary, Flathead Youth Home, and local businesses are among the volunteers who regularly turn out for these work days.

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Since 2007, FTBT and its community partners have transformed the site from a series of haphazard, unsustainable, user-created trails on public and private property to a well-organized, well-constructed, signed and mapped trail system. The organization has purchased private land at risk for sale and development and permanently protected it by adding it to Herron Park. With continued support, FTBT can finish securing the final 60 acre parcel for the permanent enjoyment of the many walkers, runners, cyclists, equestrians, skiers and snowshoers who rely on this trail system for regular exercise.

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Foy’s to Blacktail Trails attracts populations of all ages, and nearly all abilities. Wheelchair accessibility is currently envisioned, and will eventually be implemented!

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Visit their website : www.FoysToBlacktailTrails.org 

For more information, please contact:

Joanne Tatro, Administrative Coordinator

P: 406-203-3939

P.O. Box 81, Kalispell, MT 59903

*All pictures displayed above were taken on the Foy’s to Blacktail Trails

Posted in Active Living, Flathead.

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