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“Second visit just as great as the first”

Giant Springs State Park
Ranked #3 of 34 things to do in Great Falls
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: See. Do. Explore. The possibilities at Giant Springs State Park are limitless- there is so much to see & do with over 4600 acres of front & backcountry & 20 miles of trail. Most people come for the beautiful springs (first described by Lewis and Clark in 1805), BUT there is so much more to do! Giant Springs offers opportunities for Biking, Hiking, Picnicking, Fishing, Hunting, Boating, Bird/wildlife watching, Photography. There is also much to see: The Springs, River Overlooks, the Fish Hatchery, The Falls and More! Visit the ranger station for guided tours/walks, children's activities, summer programming or for questions.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Seattle, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
202 reviews
172 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 491 helpful votes
“Second visit just as great as the first”
Reviewed February 8, 2014

While following the Lewis and Clark Expedition route, we stopped again at Giant Springs. It is attached to a short trail along the Missouri River. This is a cool place with green waters, cascades, and the world's shortest river (maybe). Story: Two rivers claim to be the shortest in the world: the Roe and, on the Oregon coast, the D. The D was recognized by Guiness as the short one, but the Roe backers measured it and claimed the prize. In response, the D advocates measured their river at high tide and reclaimed the record. Guiness people however threw up their hands in disgust and stoutly refused to assign the term "shortest river" to either the Roe or the D. Photographers: this is a place for the wide angle as well as trying to use low shutter speeds to blur water.

Visited June 2013
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Casa Grande, Arizona
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Beautiful Park”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

Wonderful walking trails ,fish hatchery, and the ponds and waterfalls excellent It was truly a pleasure spending the day. Bike trails very nice park has everything you need

Visited January 2014
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Cody, Wyoming, United States
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Beautiful.........”
Reviewed November 14, 2013

Had the opportunity to visit Giant Springs just last month and it was truly breathtaking. Unfortunately we were there during the government shutdown so some parts of it were closed but the scenery along the river, and the actual fish hatchery where you got to feed the fish was open. Great area to have a picnic and enjoy the great outdoors.

Visited October 2013
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Granite Falls, North Carolina, United States
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Beautiful Walk”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

This would be a beautiful walk and very easy to get to since the Missouri River runs along side of the town of Great Falls. It was very windy the day we were there so we didn't make the whole walk but the scenery was beautiful. There are many small hiking trails off the main trail. We had a stroller as well as a dog so we didn't leave the mail trail. The Hatchery was very interesting and educational.

Visited October 2013
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San Diego, California
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Wonderful and informative park!”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

The fish hatchery is small but great identification guides for fish and hatchery locations all over the state. The falls are absolutely beautiful - very relaxing and beautiful, especially with the trees changing colors. Worth a stop!

Visited October 2013
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