Three Forks is nestled in Gallatin County. The town got its name from the nearby convergence of the Jefferson, Madison, and Gallatin Rivers. With a storied history that includes the Lewis and Clark Expedition, trappers and traders, and railroad expansion, this community has seen it all. Today, its location right off the main interstate makes it a pupular stop for long distance travelers. Local dogs love the access to the nearby state parks and appreciate having two pupperific veterinary clinics right in town.
When in Three Forks, your doggo can choose from a few pawsome parks. Take a spin around Memorial Park. Since it’s on the smaller side, it won’t take too long and you’ll still have time to visit Tom Bertagolli Park. This park has plenty of room for your pup to roam. It features a ball field, playground, and a basketball court. After wandering around the open lawn, paws for a break under one of the shade trees.
For a more primitive experience, pay a visit to Three Forks Ponds. Mainly used for fishing, this park also has natural terrain for your pooch to explore. It’s the perfect spot for your dog to reconnect with Mother Nature.
No bones about it, your furry friend will love spending time in Three Forks!
Dogs living in Three Forks are lucky to have Missouri Headwaters State Park right in their own backyard. Within this park, the Jefferson, Madison, and Gallatin Rivers come together to form the mighty Missouri River. It’s also here that Sacajawea was captured as a child. But this park isn’t just about history; it also has a puptastic trail system that will make your pal’s tail wag! Trails like Fort Rock, Ridgeline, and Pictograph Spiral take you through the beautiful riparian landscape. Take time to read the interpretive signs so your pooch can learn all about the area. The park also has a pet friendly campground, so go ahead and stay a night or two.
Next time your dog needs a walk, grab the leash and make your way over to Stevenson Park. Two legged park visitors can enjoy the playground, tennis court, or sand volleyball court. Four legged patrons will be more interested in the wide open lawn area and grove of trees. Peterson Park is another green space with grass for sniffing. Take a couple laps around the perimeter so your pup can get a nice workout. If you need a place to stay while in Three Forks, book a room in the Sacajawea Hotel. Originally built in 1910, it has been fully renovated and offers pet friendly rooms for a small fee.
Just 20 minutes south of downtown is the Madison Buffalo Jump State Park. For 2,000 years, this limestone cliff was used by Native Americans for buffalo stampedes. Today, you and your pooch can hike a trail to the top of the cliff and look out over the valley. If you stop and listen, you can almost hear the roar of a stampede. While on the way to the overlook, stop and read the interpretive signs so your pup can learn about the village and buffalo bones that have been discovered in the area. To add mileage to your walk, follow the Rim Trail or Buffalo Trail back to the parking lot.
This area is home to David Delaittre Memorial Park. Although it is a small space, it holds great meaning to the community of Three Forks. It is dedicated to Montana Highway Patrol Trooper David Delaittre, who was killed in the line of duty. As you stroll around this peaceful patch of land, you’ll enjoy beautiful vistas of the surrounding hills and pastures. If your pup needs a longer walk, hop on the paved walkway just across the street from the park. Follow it north about a mile to Jefferson River or east to downtown. Either way, your pup will have a ball while also getting a great workout!
Is your pup in the mood for an adventure? Then head over to Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park. Located 20 minutes away in Whitehall, this park’s main feature is a massive limestone cavern filled with stalactite and stalagmites. Unfurtunately, dogs are not able to enter the cave. However, don’t let that deter you because the park has almost a dozen miles worth of puptastic trails. Whether they are admiring the wildflowers on the Nature Loop Trail, or getting a leg workout on the Cave Gulch Trail, your pup will be one happy hound. Since this is bear country, always keep your pooch on leash. And don’t forget to pack plenty of water!