The History Of The Boise Greenbelt

Dated: 08/19/2015

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The Boise Greenbelt is 25 miles of trail alongside the Boise River. Photo by Kenneth Freeman

It's easy to understand how Boise earned it's nickname "The City of Trees" while walking or biking on the Boise Greenbelt.


This 25-mile trail winds its way alongside the Boise River and stretches from Lucky Peak to Eagle, Idaho. Commuters can use it as an alternative transportation, knowing that no motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail creates a peace of mind not found on traditional roads. Multiple restaurants and parks can also be easily accessed from the Greenbelt. In the summers, you can see people floating by on tubes or rafts down the Boise River.


The Greenbelt wasn't always a destination. In the early '60s, the Boise River was a convenient dumping ground for trash and waste. The city of Boise hired a consultant in 1964 to update the zoning ordinance, who in turn suggested that the land next to the river be turned into a public area, or "greenbelt." The idea took hold, and the city began to slowly obtain patches of land until the Greenbelt became what it is today. Now the riverbanks are no longer an area to avoid, but a great place to enjoy Boise's beauty with friends and family.


Enjoy a walk, run, or bike ride along the Boise Greenbelt. Or, print off instructions for the Bicycle Scavenger Hunt for an afternoon of fun. You can access a map of the Greenbelt here. Along the trail, you'll see white dots located exactly 1/10th of a mile apart to help you determine where you are on the Greenbelt, and is useful if you ever need to call for help.


We hope you enjoy the Boise Greenbelt as much as we do! There are several homes and condos that are located near the Greenbelt. Give us a call if you would love to live closer to this gem.

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Janet Jameyson

In her previous career as an organizing consultant to Fortune 500 companies, Janet Jameyson took the stress out of her clients' lives. Her goal is to bring that same organized professionalism and high....

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