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!
Just 4 miles from the Big Timber KOA, this working water-powered gristmill is housed in a historic timber-frame building alongside a coffee shop serving breakfast and lunch. While you are there, check out the underground Greycliff Market and Creamery, where you can buy local goods and sample cheeses made in their cheese cave. Venture down an 80 foot underground tunnel to see a timber-frame greenhouse with flowers, waterfalls and trout. There are walking trails and swings to enjoy, as well as resident buffalo to visit.
9 Greycliff Creek Ln
Greycliff, MT 59033
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 trail 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!
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.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park: the first and most famous National Park
Big Timber KOA: a great basecamp for daytrips to the park
Also a good place to spend the night on the way there.
Plus the hour and a half drive to Gardiner takes you through the breathtaking Paradise Valley
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!