Boise River Greenbelt

Projects Impacting the 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.

Hours of Operation

The Boise River Greenbelt is open from sunrise to sunset each day.

Location

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.

Features & Amenities

Birding

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.

Fishing

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 Prohibition

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.

Towing

Unauthorized vehicles will be towed at owner's risk and expense. You can contact Boise Valley Towing by calling (208) 389-9707.

The Greenbelt Partnership

The Boise River Greenbelt is now a multi-jurisdiction managed pathway that runs on the north and south sides of the Boise River from Lucky Peak all the way to Eagle. The Greenbelt’s now seamless connectivity is a testament to the partnership of the City of Boise, Ada County, Garden City, the City of Eagle and the Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands – each organization manages the pathways within their jurisdiction.

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History

In 2019, the City of Boise celebrated 50 years of the Boise River Greenbelt.

  • Video was shot from a helicopter and used by Boise City Council member Bill Onweiler (who also narrates the video) to promote the idea of a Greenbelt in Boise in 1970.
  • Boise River Greenbelt: Connecting Communities Video: The Boise River Greenbelt is a community treasure. The tree-lined pathway parallels the river and provides scenic views, wildlife habitat and pedestrian and cyclist access to popular parks and open spaces from Lucky Peak in Ada County through the City of Boise, Garden City and the City of Eagle.

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.

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