Lewis and Clark National Forest Guide

One of the oldest national preserves in the nation, the Lewis and Clark National Forest covers 1,863,788 acres of west-central Montana. It is divided into seven sections; those on the eastern side consist of grass and scrublands with occasional areas of woodland that are often rented to local farmers as cattle range. The western side of the forest, which straddles the Continental Divide, preserves vast woodlands covering the foothills of mountain ranges, much of which is declared Wilderness Area. The elevation of this forest ranges from 4,500 feet in the eastern scrublands to 9,362 feet at the summit of Rocky Mountain Peak. Since the land was set aside as a forest preserve in 1897, encroachment by human development has remained at a minimum. 

Shape Hiking Trails

Lewis and Clark National Forest Hiking Trails

Things to Do

Activities in Lewis and Clark National Forest

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How to get to Lewis and Clark National Forest

Address: 1220 38th Street North, Great Falls, MT 59405

Fee: Entry Fee (per person) There is no entry fee.

Though the Lewis and Clark National Forest was set aside as a preserve in 1897, several roads were constructed by logging and mining concerns. The United States Forest Service maintains many of these roads to provide access in emergencies or forest fires. RVs travel these roads with ease, making RV camping a real possibility in the forest. Boondocking or dispersed camping is allowed and encouraged. Local hikers, anglers, and hunters use RVs in this forest because of their comfort levels and the ability to quickly pick up stakes and move to another area.