Hike by waterfalls, camp in the mountains, and follow the path of Lewis and Clark near Great Falls.
Rolling plains stretch as far as the eye can see in Great Falls, Montana. The Missouri River cuts through the fields, thundering over five waterfalls as it winds through town. In 1805, these falls forced Lewis and Clark into a month-long overland detour on their way west. Today, you can trace that historic portage from your local campsite. If you like a few creature comforts when you’re camping, check out the RV parks near town. Many offer full hookups, Wi-Fi, and laundry, as well as easy access to downtown restaurants. While you’re there, head to Giant Springs State Park for fishing and biking. History buffs can learn about the Lewis and Clark expedition at the park’s interpretive center. The closest public tent camping is in Thain Creek Campground, about 40 miles east. From your site in the Highwoods Mountains, you can fish for trout or hike Windy Mountain. South of town, the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest offers rustic tent and RV sites. Sleep in a canyon at Aspen Campground, or head to Dry Wolf for gorgeous views. Are you heading toward Canada or Glacier National Park? Break up the trip at the Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area’s primitive tent and RV camping sites.