Local Area Attractions Near Big Timber / Greycliff KOA Journey
The Big Timber area offers multiple ways to enjoy south central Montana. No matter if you're looking for a short hikes accessible enough for the whole family, rugged wilderness and remote hiking, state and national parks with more facilities, or shopping, dining and night life with a undeniable western flair, there's something for everyone within an hour drive of the Big Timber KOA!
There are several legends as to how they got their name. One of them is that a woman (some say Indian - some say white) went mad on the prairie, possibly due to the death of her family, and took refuge in the mountains. Indian beliefs require that crazy people to be left alone, and so she was.
Natural Bridge State Park
A 30 minute drive south of Big Timber brings you to Natural Bridge Falls. The paved paths start at the parking lot and meander along the Boulder River. There are several viewing points with signs telling about the area, falls and wildlife. In the spring there are actually three separate falls. Later in the year the river flows underground to reveal the limestone bedrock. Toilet facilities and picnic tables are available. A well maintained dirt trials leads to a scenic point directly across from the falls. For a day hike continue on the Green Mountain Trail. The terrain will change from grassland to heavy timber. Look for Limber pine, Lodge Pole Pine, Douglas Fir and wildflowers galore. Deer, bear, elk, and small animals may be seen along the way.
Big Timber Falls at Halfmoon Park
Take 191 north out of town less than 10 miles, then take a left on Wormser Loop Rd. Enjoy the beautiful drive as you follow Big Timber Creek into the Crazy Mountains. Halfmoon Park is equipped with picnic areas, a parking area for day hikes, and public restrooms. It's a short and easy hike from the parking area to the majestic Big Timber Falls. For the hardier and more adventurous, Blue Lake is another 5.5 miles up the trail and offers beautiful surroundings and great fishing!
The Yellowstone and the Boulder River
These are two of Montana's finest trout fishing rivers. Get away for a day of fishing on your own, or we will help you locate a guide.
Crazy Mountain Museum
The Crazy Mountain Museum is the place to go to discover the rich history of the Big Timber area. It has permanent display of a one room schoolhouse, a Norwegian Stabbur and artifacts, and a model of Big Timber in 1907. Other Seasonal exhibits include Cremer Rodeo exhibit, sheep and wool, Pioneer Memorial Gallery, and the Crazy Mountains. The museum can be found at Exit 367 on Cemetery Road. It is open Memorial Day to Labor Day from 1:00 - 4:30p.m. Tuesdays - Sundays, no charge.
Local Area Recreation Near Big Timber / Greycliff KOA Journey
Natural Bridge State Park
Take a beautiful 45 minute drive "up the Boulder" to Natural Bridge State Park. Take McLeod St (pronounced Mc-Cloud...so you sound like a local) straight south out of Big Timber. The road will lead you on a breathtaking scenic drive along the Boulder River Valley, then straight into the park. Keep your eyes open for pronghorn, mule deer, turkey, and the occasional bear or moose!
Explore the Crazy Mountains
"The Crazies" as the locals call them, are a unique volcanic mountain range about a 30 minute drive from the Big Timber KOA. Hiking, fishing and picnicing for every level of outdoor enthusiast!
Take a relaxing and exciting river float down the legendary Yellowstone River. Local raft rentals are available for self-guided floats. Multiple public access points along the river allow you to tailor the length of your time on the water. Ask us...we're glad to help you arrange your day on the river!