In between Libby and Troy on US Hwy 2 (milepost 21) in Northwest Montana you’ll find Kootenai Falls and the Swinging Suspension Bridge.
Kootenai falls are the largest undammed falls in the state, and it is just about an hour and 45 minutes give or take, from Whitefish but it’s a very scenic drive and well worth the trip.
The foot trail from the parking lot will lead you to the swinging bridge and the falls.
On the trail there is an enclosed pedestrian bridge that takes you over the railroad tracks, with three or short flights of stairs at the end of the bridge, that put you back on the trail.
The trail is an easy hike, not too strenuous, and has fantastic views of the Kootenai river, the falls, and surrounding mountain vistas.
The Swinging bridge isn’t for everyone but its not as scary as it looks, and it offers a nice view of the falls from the middle of the bridge.
There can be a lot of wildlife depending on the time of year you visit. We saw Deer, Bald Eagle, and Osprey when we were visiting in June. It is also a good area for Bighorn sheep and black bear, with an occasional elk or moose.
The Kootenai river is also a great fishery and there are several places to fish the river from the trail of nearby. Fish in the Kootenai include westslope cutthroat trout, bull trout, Kokanee salmon, rainbow trout and white sturgeon.
Kootenai Falls is a must see if you are in the Libby area.
After your done hiking the falls, be sure and head back to Libby to one of our favorite places, Cabinet Mountain Brewing, for some excellent beer and great food.
Check out a short video of the falls from Mid-June