“one of the largest free-flowing waterfalls in the northwest”
Downstream from Libby, the Kootenai River enters a canyon and flows over Kootenai Falls, one of the largest free-flowing waterfalls in the northwest. The falls and surrounding area are considered sacred to the Kootenai Indians whose ancestors inhabited the region. A forest trail leads from the highway parking lot down to the Swinging Bridge and makes a nice hike that is not too strenuous. Kootenai Falls was the setting for the filming of the movie, "River Wild". Location: US Hwy 2 between Libby and Troy, milepost 21. 12 Miles west of Libby Montana and 6 Miles east from Troy Montana on the side of the highway is a rest stop where you can go and view the falls. Also there is a swinging bridge that takes you over the Kootenai River!
Location pin is unfortunately not correct; actually at 48.452608, -115.769768, description is accurate. Fantastic geology and enjoyable short hikes; not wheelchair accessible unfortunately. Nice place to picnic and take photos.
AMAZING! Worth the stop and highly recommend. Milepost 21 is accurate. This led us right to the parking lot. Hike is relatively easy. It's about half a mile to the bridge.
One of my favorite places to stop! Beautiful scenery that was featured in the movie "The River Wild".
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