Go Exploring at Conant Creek
- Posted On
- Jul 09, 2015
- Things to Do
By Matt Johnson
July 9, 2015
ASHTON – One of the better kept trails in Eastern Idaho has to be the Ashton to Tetonia Trail.
Completed in 2010 and administered by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation and managed through Harriman State Park, the converted rail bed is nearly 30 miles long. The surface is a gravel and dirt combination. The trail isn’t difficult at all and is suited for just about any age level or experience for hiking and biking.
The Conant Creek Trestle is located along the trail in Ashton. The bridge is 672 feet long and was built in 1911 and strengthened in 1916. It is approximately 120 feet above Conant Creek.
The bridge provides a gorgeous 360-degree view of the area, with the creek running below and the trees all around. I highly recommend taking a moment to stop and admire the scenery.
If you live near Ashton and are looking for a nice walking trail, or if you want a serious trail ride, check out Conant Creek.
Where can you access the trail?
The trail can be accessed from locations in Ashton, Marysville, Bitch Creek, Felt and Tetonia.
If you are accessing it from Ashton, take highway 32 from Ashton to Driggs and drive a few miles. After you cross Fall River, you turn left onto the Squirrel highway. Go a few more miles until there are some grain elevators on the left side of the road. Head away from then and the kike is almost a mile in.
Dogs are allowed on the trail. In the winter, the trail is available for snowshoeing or cross country skiing.
According to its website, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.
RTC serves as the national voice for more than 160,000 members and supporters; 30,000 miles of rail trails and multi-use trails; and more than 8,000 miles of potential trails waiting to be built, with a goal of creating more walkable, bikable communities in America.
The national office is located in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in California, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Since 1986, RTC has worked from coast to coast, supporting the development of thousands of miles of rail-trails for millions to explore and enjoy. RTC has helped craft rural trails that spool out over a hundred miles of open prairie, snake through mountain passes, span canyons and hug riverbanks, offering views of the countryside often unknown to the highway traveler. We’ve been a part of the connections between towns and suburbs, linking communities along vibrant corridors in much the same way as the railroads did in their heyday.
Originally posted in the Rexburg Standard Journal