Giant Springs State Park

Located just outside of Great Falls, one of the largest freshwater springs of Montana is the Giant Springs State Park which must be added to your bucket list. Giant Springs State Park is a beautiful gift of nature to the world. The park offers unique geologic features and abundant recreational opportunities. It is the most visited state park in Montana with one of the largest freshwater springs in the whole country.


Giant Springs State Park features many species of birds, mammals, and reptiles to explore. The park has cooler springs, fish hatchery, waterfalls, clear fresh water, and trails to go for a walk. There are several best birdwatching opportunities, great paved trails, friendly rangers, cool overlooks of the falls, and dams to witness. Play with 156 million gallons of water per day at a constant temperature of 54 degrees. Visitors get the opportunity to explore the diversity of birds, fish breeding programs, and picturesque views of the Missouri River. The water is coming from the snow melting off mountains.


  • Missouri River Waterfalls: Giant Springs State Park has five waterfalls of the Missouri River. Missouri River Waterfalls provides outdoor recreations, boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing in the river. Visit the beautiful scenic waterfalls in the state park to experience peace and relaxation. Explore the fresh crystal clear water of the river.
  • River Ridge Trail: River Ridge Trail is popular among locals and visitors for hiking, walking, skating, cycling, and mountain biking for adventure. Enjoy spectacular views of mountains, river canyons, waterfalls, and dams along the way of the trail. River Ridge Trail connects the visitors to the beauty of the surrounding area. Explore this paved trail with fascinating destinations and overlooks.
  • Giant Springs State Fish Hatchery: Giant Springs State Fish Hatchery is a Montana State Trout Hatchery located next to the springs of the park. The park offers the show pond of the fish hatchery which provides large fish swim and feeding the fish with fish foods. It is a popular spot for the whole family for fun.


  1. Giant Springs State Park is discovered by Lewis and Clark in 1805.
  2. Giant Springs State Park is home to the shortest river in the world, Roe River, once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.


Activities: Giant Springs State Park is a great area for occasional outdoor concerts and freshwater springs. The park offers millions of gallons of water, hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing, hunting, boating, photography, and birdwatching. Enjoy sounds of the water cascading and bubbling pools on a hot summer day. Take a walk for fun through the visitor center and feed the fish in the pond and capture the park’s birding opportunities.


What to Expect: The State Park consists of the world’s largest freshwater springs and shortest river, Roe River. There are plenty of nice trails, springs, wildlife, the Missouri River for boating, kayaking, and fishing. You can enjoy the breathtaking views of waterfalls, fish hatchery, playgrounds as well as historical education. Explore the crystal clear water and plant life. Kids can enjoy the thrilling plays here.


Plan your Visit: Giant Springs State Park is open from sunrise to sunset for visitors. The opening timings are 5:30 am to 9:30 pm. Come here and explore trails that surround spectacular views of mountains, rivers, and waterfalls. Don’t miss the chance to visit this most visited state park to enjoy one of the largest freshwater springs and the shortest river in the country.

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