The Big Wood River Trail is one of the National Recreation Trails (BWNRT) that brings in over 20,000 visitors annually. It is extremely popular among hikers, locals commuting to the neighboring towns, horse riders, bikers, cross-country skiers, and dog-walkers! The BWNRT connects to various other trails in the area surrounding Hailey and Ketchum, such as the Lake Creek Trailhead and the Fox Creek trail system, so keep your wits about you as you explore this furrific greenway as it can get quite congested! Just as popular in the summer as it is in the winter, the Big Wood River Trail offers scenic views year-round.
Most of the Big Wood River Trail is adjacent to the Big Wood River. This river is known as a blue ribbon trout stream, so in the spring and summertime, you will no doubt see a fisherman or two wading in the water below while on your hike with Fido. If the sun is burning a hole in your pocket, climb down the hillside to jump in the river's refreshing water. Come wintertime, you and your canine won't need to worry about buzzing insects or pesky ticks. Instead, strap up your snowshoes and bury into a warm jacket. The Big Wood River Trail will still be frequented by cross-country skiers, who are off to the famous Sun Valley Ski Area in neighboring Ketchum.
One of the best features of the Big Wood River Trail is its flat terrain. Repaved consistently across the seasons, this trail is well-kept, clean, and well-maintained for regular use. Because this trail is an ideal location to ride bikes, it's important to stay on the well-marked paths and be aware of your surroundings. Most of all, enjoy the beauty of both the trail and the nature that surrounds you. Visitors are kindly asked to keep dogs on their leash at all times to avoid any upsets or accidents. Last but not least, don't forget to say a quick hello to fellow passing hikers, bikers, and dog-walkers!