The Boise Greenbelt (map below) is a gem in the middle of a capital city, which is unique in itself. I never really experienced the greenbelt when I lived here before, but now I try to walk or run or bicycle on the greenbelt every day if possible. The greenbelt extends more than 10 miles throughout the city on each side of the Boise River, and is a great way to commute by foot or bicycle to anywhere you want to go. You can also just take a stroll along the river throughout Boise.
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There are so many different ways to get to the Boise Greenbelt. Because the path runs throughout the city, as well as nearby Garden City and the rest of Ada County, you can meet up with the Greenbelt in many different places.
Some of the popular places to meet the Greenbelt include:
- Ann Morrison Park
- Kathryn Albertson Park
- Julia Davis Park
- Numerous points on the Boise State University campus
- Parkcenter Blvd.
- Veterans Memorial Park
- Quinn’s Pond and the Whitewater Park
The Boise River runs through many of these locations, and there are plenty of places to park your car or meet up with others before your journey.
Because the Boise Greenbelt runs along the river, it does not run throughout the entire city. However, there are plenty of other paths or roads that will lead you to the greenbelt. There are direct paths from the Boise North End, Warm Springs Avenue, Boise Avenue, and even the Boise Bench to get you to the closest point on the greenbelt.
One of the reasons the Boise Greenbelt remains so accessible is the vast amount of bridges you can find on the path. The greenbelt is located on both sides of the Boise River at many points, and you can cross over at any number of the bridges on the way.
There are at least 16 bridges on the Boise Greenbelt, including:
- Veterans Memorial Parkway Bridge (Greenbelt path runs on and under bridge)
- 36th Street Bridge (pedestrians and bicycles only)
- West Main Street Bridge (Greenbelt path runs under bridge)
- West Fairview Bridge (Greenbelt path runs under bridge)
- Railroad Trestle Bridge (pedestrians and bicycles only)
- S. Americana Blvd. Bridge (Greenbelt path runs under bridge)
- Pioneer Bridge (pedestrians and bicycles only)
- S. 9th Street Bridge (Greenbelt path runs under bridge)
- S. 8th Street Bridge (pedestrians and bicycles only)
- S. Capitol Blvd. Bridge (Greenbelt path runs under bridge)
- Bob Gibb Friendship Bridge (pedestrians and bicycles only)
- S. Broadway Ave. Bridge (Greenbelt path runs under bridge)
- W. Parkcenter Bridge (Greenbelt path runs under bridge)
- Baybrook Court Bridge (pedestrians and bicycles only)
- E. Parkcenter Blvd. Bridge (Greenbelt path runs under bridge)
S. Eckert Street Bridge
Quinn’s Pond has been around for decades, but only in the last few years has it really become a destination for outdoors enthusiasts in Boise. With the addition of a whitewater park and expansion of the river in the area, Quinn’s Pond is not only a point on the greenbelt, it’s now actually a destination.
Grab your family, your beach towels, or your kayaks, and spend the day on the pond or the rapids.
Ann Morrison Park is a part of a complex that also includes Kathryn Albertson and Julia Davis Park. The parks include fountains, a rose garden, soccer fields, disk golf courses, and yes, the Boise River. Plus, lots and lots of geese.
Ride your bike down the greenbelt to one of the parks and you could spend the day exploring the many acres of land located right in downtown Boise.
The Boise Greenbelt extends more than 10 miles on each side of the Boise River throughout the city of Boise and further into Ada County.
If you are visiting Boise, taking a walk, run, or bicycle ride throughout the city on the Boise Greenbelt is an amazing experience.