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Rattlesnake National Recreation Area

Missoula, MT
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in Missoula
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Jogging Paths/ Tracks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Trails, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: An all-season recreation area, this wilderness region is designated to promote the watershed...
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Type: Jogging Paths/ Tracks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Trails, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: An all-season recreation area, this wilderness region is designated to promote the watershed, recreational, wildlife and educational values of the land.
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Grand Cayman
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

just a few minutes drive and you enter another pine scented world. A walking trail along a rushing creek, birds singing, tall pines swaying in the breeze, ancient rocks, cold mountain water and an occasional viewing of wildlife. priceless

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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
36 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This place is worth every minute you spend there. It was a little busy on a Sunday, but everyone is so friendly. Lots of mountain bikes, but you will still enjoy your hike. The creeks are gorgeous and so is all the rest of the landscspe. Trails are maintained and easy to follow. Lots of critters, in and around the... More 

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New Hampshire
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49 reviews 49 reviews
16 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This is a beautiful area for mountain biking and hiking, with fabulous mountain views and great trails. It is only minutes from downtown Missoula and the University. There are plenty of bike shops in the area that rent.

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Helena, Montana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

My husband and our daughters (ages 18 & 16) were hiking the Stuart Peak trail. We were coming down at about 8pm, parallel to Spring Creek, and ran straight into a black bear crossing the trail. She had been at the water, and we were within 10-12 feet of her. We froze. She hesitated, and took a good long look... More 

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Missoula, Montana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

It has it all for all seasons. Great to explore with the family. Or quiet trail run on my own. Or cross country ski adventure with the hubby. Well maintained trails. Beautiful area.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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378 reviews 378 reviews
244 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

excellent area for hiking and enjoying the outdoors. get out there and play! bring a camera, and maybe a picnic because you will not want to leave.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

There are several trails into the Sawmill Gulch area that are great for biking and hiking! I must've done every one of them as well as hike Stuart Peak. If you're in the Missoula area and looking for a day long hike into some of Montana's most beautiful nature trails, this is one of them! At the top of the... More 

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Missoula, Montana
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The Rattlesnake recreation area was the very first area of its type I visited when I came to Missoula to see if this is a place I wanted to live. I was amazed at how very close this wilderness area lie in relationship to town. It takes no more than ten minutes to get to and you will find yourself... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Beautiful scenery and a variety of easy trails just north of the city. And free. What else could you want?

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Tampa, Florida
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48 reviews 48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We at flatlanders, so we really enjoyed an easy run on a mostly flat trail. Pretty, wide open, and very accessible.

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