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Helena National Forest

Helena, MT
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Helena National Forest

We were advised we would see all kinds of wildlife. Unfortunately, we saw no wildlife except a... read more

Reviewed 30 May 2017
Miamisburg, Ohio
Nice drive

Very close to town. Didn't stop or do any hiking, just passed through on trip to and from Deer... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2016
Calgary, Canada
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This forest affords easy viewing of many different types of wildlife because of its proximity to the city.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
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3 Aug 2016
“Nice drive”
29 May 2017
“Helena National Forest”
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Reviewed 30 May 2017

We were advised we would see all kinds of wildlife. Unfortunately, we saw no wildlife except a squirrel. We had four of those in our backyard all winter in Ohio. It was a disappointing experience.

Thank wmillerjr
Reviewed 4 August 2016

Very close to town. Didn't stop or do any hiking, just passed through on trip to and from Deer Lodge but very nice, scenic drive,

Thank 1dc1010
Reviewed 1 October 2015

This national forest, not unlike many others in the west, has lots of dead trees scattered about. Just waiting for the next lightning strike to start an inferno. The forest is desperate need of active forest management to thin out the trees.

Thank Don H
Reviewed 9 September 2015

coming down from canada, i always enjoy the outdoors and the areas which are protected and restricted to preserve their natural beauty. we drove through the helena national forest on our tour down towards yellowstone and area. it was a nice area, completely natural, and...More

1  Thank robnkim
Reviewed 16 August 2015

We were here on a Sat. Took the noon tour , very good info , nice scenery . We got to see a momma bear with two cubs , very cool . This a very relaxing tour . This a very good two tour ,...More

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 13 August 2015 via mobile

A beautiful designated area with many access points to the water. Even just to drive through its truly spectacular. Montana is really beautiful. Pics are of a water/fishing access point called Russell Gates and beautiful primitive camping is also available here.

Thank Deanne A
Reviewed 8 July 2015 via mobile

Look at the photos of the park. The pine trees have been killed by the invasive pine beetle. This has happened all across North America. It is sad this has happened to the park. It serves as a testament to invasive species and our inability...More

Thank tm2061
Reviewed 30 June 2015

Driving through the national forest is beautiful and there is a lot of wildlife to see. Deer, birds and more, seem unafraid to be near the road. The overlook locations provide great picture opportunities. I didn't see as many option or services as at some...More

Thank D B
Reviewed 9 April 2015

Driving along MT 200 between Great Falls and Missoula the road winds through Helena National Forest. The scenery is beautiful as you navigate the twist and turns. The elevation gain is enough that there is still patches of snow. As an added attraction you drive...More

3  Thank CATTSAR
Reviewed 26 October 2014

We have hiked the Trout Stream trail a couple of times now and enjoyed it both times. A real high light of our last trip was seeing a family of mountain goats up on the hill. A little hard to see from a distance but...More

1  Thank Raelyn860
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