Boise River Greenbelt
The Boise River Greenbelt is one of Boise's most beloved parks. The 25-mile tree-lined pathway follows the north and south sides of the Boise River through the heart of the city and provides scenic views, wildlife habitat and pedestrian access to many of Boise’s popular riverside parks. The "Ribbon of Jewels" is a series of parks located along the Greenbelt.
In 2019, the City of Boise celebrated 50 years of the Boise River Greenbelt. The Parks and Recreation Department created a video and gathered community stories in honor of the project’s success.
Hours of Operation
The Boise River Greenbelt is open from sunrise to sunset each day.
There are many access points and parking lots located in Boise parks along the city's 25-mile pathway. View the map for parking assistance and information on accessing the Greenbelt.
The Boise River Greenbelt provides ample opportunities to see birds and other wildlife.
The Idaho Birding Trail (IBT) is a network of sites and side-trips that provides the best viewing opportunities to see birds in Idaho. With 175 sites and about 2,000 miles of trail separated into four distinct regions, the IBT represents a collection of bird watching hotspots, diverse habitats, and a glimpse of Idaho's rich natural heritage.
If you are interested in learning more about birding in Idaho, visit the Idaho Birding Trail website.
The Boise River is an incredible destination for fishing and there are a variety of access points along the Greenbelt. Wondering where else to fish in Boise ponds? The Idaho Department of Fish & Game stocks several ponds in Boise parks. For the stocking schedule, visit the Idaho Fish & Game stocking information website.
Smoking and vaping are prohibited in all City of Boise parks, including within 20 feet of the Boise River Greenbelt, except in designated areas within Ann Morrison and Julia Davis Parks and at city-owned golf courses.
Unauthorized vehicles will be towed at owner's risk and expense. You can contact Boise Valley Towing by calling (208) 389-9707.
Adopt the Greenbelt
Boise Parks and Recreation team members maintain approximately 25 miles of Greenbelt, which is no small task. It takes a lot of work to keep the pathways in top shape. Volunteers have always played an essential role in helping us do so. The Adopt-the-Greenbelt program is a wonderful way for families, groups or businesses to take an active stewardship role in maintaining the health and ecological integrity of the Boise River Greenbelt. For more information on this volunteer opportunity, visit the City of Boise’s Better Impact website.