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A true family adventure, the Zoo has something for everyone with over 2.400 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 varieties of plants. Whether you are a visitor to Florida’s First Coast or a lifetime resident, we invite you to experience the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens through interactions with people, wildlife, and the environment.
Since 1914, the Jacksonville Zoo has supported wildlife conservation on a stunning riverfront landscape. Grown-ups and little ones alike will love feeding the giraffes at the African Overlook and watching the otters float along in the Wild Florida exhibit. The zoo also houses an Australian Adventure, featuring colorful birds called lorikeets. Tigers roam overhead at the Land of the Tiger exhibit and Jaguars steal the show at their award-winning exhibit. During your visit, step onto the zoo’s scenic Trout River dock. You might even spot a manatee!
Location: 370 Zoo Pkwy, Downtown, FL 32218
Looking for a little (safe) adventure? Ever wanted to walk through a mountain? Are you okay with wet shoes? If you answered yes to these questions, then the newly-opened Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel could be your next outing.
Following decades of construction and renovation, the tunnel opened to the public this November. Now maintained by Nelson County, the tunnel was originally carved out between 1849 and 1859 by renowned French engineer Claudius Crozet and was an integral part of North America's longest railroad. For 86 years, trains rumbled along 700 feet below the Blue Ridge—under Rockfish Gap, I-64, the Appalachian Trail, and Skyline Drive.
Courtesy Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel on Facebook
The tunnel trail is open to the public daily from sunrise to sunset. Hikers, bicyclists, and dogs on leashes are welcome on the 2.25-mile-long trail. At either end of the tunnel (in Nelson and Augusta), there are half-mile approach trails and small parking lots. Starting at the eastern trailhead at 215 Afton Depot Lane is recommended (it's less steep that way). Hikers will want good shoes—the tunnel floor is gravel and often wet. The temperature in the tunnel stays at about 50 degrees. Oh, and bring your own flashlights for the tunnel!
Social distancing measures are expected, including 6-feet of distance and no large groups, and face masks are encouraged.
Courtesy Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel on Facebook
Nelson County Parks and Recreation Director Claire Richardson recommends checking the department’s Facebook page or website for any closures or maintenance before setting out.
Richardson also leaves a tantalizing hint, “Stay tuned for Halloween 2021.”
A Walk Through History
Courtesy Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel on Facebook
Visitors can touch original pin-scars in the walls from where the rock was blasted and picked away by 33 enslaved people and thousands of Irish workers. Signs on the trails share a history of exploited labor and dangerous conditions. The tunnel is astoundingly level due to the training and care of the architect, even before the use of slide-rules. And the stone itself tells geologic stories—as you wend your way under and through a mountain, the rock begins to change and you can see where tectonic plates pushed together.
Does this sound like your kind of adventure? Or are you claustrophobic? Leave a comment!
For a glimpse into Zora Neale Hurston’s early years, visit two landmarks in the historic Springfield neighborhood. The neighborhood, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has recently begun a renaissance and new developments are revitalizing historic houses and new retail shops. On the trail, Bishop Henry Y. Tookes House is one of the few remaining large residences in the old Sugar Hill Community, a neighborhood of Jacksonville’s African-American middle class during the first half of the 20th century, where Hurston also spent her childhood. Matthew Gilbert School was the former Florida Baptist Academy where Hurston attended school in Jacksonville. Besides Hurston, alumni include two-time Olympic gold medal winner, Robert “Bullet Bob” Hayes. There are countless number of tales and historic markers along the trail in Jacksonville.
It is in Jacksonville that native sons James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson composed the “Black National Hymn” called “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” in 1900.
Other ways to explore St. Augustine's cultural history
Each Saturday throughout the year St. Augustine Black Heritage Tours Inc. offers a free historic walking tour at 4 p.m. Learn about St. Augustine's black history and events leading up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Tours depart from the Tour Saint Augustine headquarters and last about an hour. Space is limited and advance reservations are required.
A self-guided audio tour produced by The ACCORD Freedom Trail Project consists of 31 historic markers located at various sites significant to the St. Augustine civil rights movement. This tour offers visitors a unique way to tour the city at their own pace.
Sites and Attractions.
The local historical society’s home is Shelby County’s center for local history. Visitors from outside the area and locals alike will enjoy both static and rotating exhibits on display throughout the year. The Center also features an impressive research center with computer access to a variety of local history information, photos and stories.
City of Sidney’s Tawawa Civic Park
Residents of the City of Sidney are blessed with an expansive park system of almost 400 acres of park grounds. A large part of the City’s park system is the 220 acre Tawawa Civic Park in the eastern section of the City. The park is a wooded reserve includes areas for hiking, fishing, and is a wonderful outdoor location for family get-togethers, picnics and cookouts. It is also a well-known place for the runners and walkers in the area to exercise and enjoy nature at the same time.
Located in Sidney’s Tawawa park is Big Rock, a favorite for young and old for many, many years. Big Rock is but one of the many attractions located in Tawawa Park.
Sidney’s Covered Bridge
Located in Tawawa Park, the covered bridge is subject of many photographer’s work over the years, due to its peaceful, artistic setting.
The park is adjacent to multiple baseball, softball and soccer sports complexes and also the municipal swimming pool. For more about Tawawa Park and the rest of the city’s recreational facilities, please visit the Parks & Recreation section of the City of Sidney website.
Sidney’s Canal Feeder Bike-Hike Trail
Sidney offers a wonderful trail that begins along the towpath of the former Sidney Feeder Canal and later runs parallel to the Great Miami River. This 3.4 mile paved trail is great for both walking and bicycling year ’round and offers scenic views of both the Great Miami River valley and adjacent wooded landscapes.
Western Ohio’s Place for Fun! Open to the public during the months of September & October, you can take a thrilling ride on the Night Hawk Zipline, play a round of miniature golf, or sharpen your game on the driving range. Kids love the Petting Zoo and a ride on the giant swing.
Vandemark Farm can be reserved for private parties and special gatherings all year round. Call for more information.
Airstream Factory Tour
Airstream is a world-renowned recreational trailer manufacturer and a popular stop for many who visit our area. The company conducts daily plant tours that give visitors the opportunity to see first hand how the American legend Airstream is built. Call 937-596-6111 or visit their website for more details.
Rated in 2012 by FoxNews.com as one of America’s 10 Greatest Factory Tours.
Lake Loramie State Park
This state-operated park is located to the north of Sidney near the village of Fort Loramie and includes a 1600 acre lake and 30 miles of shoreline. It offers unsurpassed convenience for the family who wants to combine boating and camping adventures. At Lake Loramie visitors can set up camp in the 167 site camping area, launch their boats and set out to do some fishing or just to cruise the lake.
Lake Loramie visitors can set up camp and launch their boats, knowing there is plenty of opportunity for cruising. A designated swimming area gives young and old alike a chance to enjoy the water or simply relax in the sun. Bicycles can be rented at the park’s camp office providing visitors the opportunity to explore the park and the community of nearby Ft. Loramie.
For more information about the Lake Loramie State Park and Lake Loramie, please visit the park’s website.
Hickory Hill Lakes – Country Concert
The hills are truly alive with the sound of country music every summer when Country Concert at Hickory Hill Lakes brings top country performers to its stage for a three-day extravaganza. Fans come from all 50 states to enjoy the non-stop entertainment.
Gateway Arts Council
Since 1988, this local group has been promoting the creation, presentation, preservation and accessibility of artistic/cultural resources for the benefit, enjoyment and enrichment of the citizens of Shelby County. For more information and/or a schedule of upcoming performances, visit their web site.
Historic Sidney Theatre
The bright lights and colorful letters on the 1930’s marquee of the Historic Sidney Theatre have been a fixture in the Shelby County community for decades. A wonderful variety of theatrical acts, live musical performances, and cinematic presentations make the Historic Sidney Theatre the perfect venue to enjoy your favorite show.
The annual Backstage Block Party is a can’t miss. Check it out here.
Peoples Federal Savings and Loan Building
This building was designed by famed architect Louis Sullivan in 1917 and completed in 1918. CLICK HERE to read about the 100 year history of this incredible building and then be sure to stop by for a visit.
Shelby County Courthouse
Built in 1883, the Shelby County Courthouse at one time held all the county government offices. Materials for its construction (limestone, sandstone and marble) were brought in by canal boat. The 170 foot center tower is constructed with galvanized iron and features four clocks.
Established in 1877, this building was constructed to honor the county’s Civil War dead. The building is located on the square in downtown Sidney and now houses the Sidney Municipal Court.
The SPOT Restaurant
Art Moderns style restaurant built in 1941. Today, the SPOT is a popular gathering place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This restaurant is best known for its fresh ground beef burgers, thick malts and home-made pies.
Perhaps no other residence in west central Ohio captures the glamour and opulence of the 1890’s more than this home. Whitby Place was conceived and designed by W.H.C. Goode, one of the wealthiest men in Shelby County, and the owner of the American Steel Scraper Company. Along with its two acres, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (937-498-4728)
Shelby Oaks Golf Course
Come play Shelby Oaks. The “Oaks” features 27 holes of championship golf, driving range, and indoor practice facility. Their fully-stocked Pro Shop offers the latest in golf equipment and apparel. Lessons are available daily by appointment.
Great Sidney Farmer’s Market
The market is “the place to be” on Saturday mornings throughout the season. Crafters offer a large variety of homemade items, and farmers bring their freshest produce to tantalize your taste buds. Fresh baked goods and jams and jellies are always a crowd pleaser. Plants and flowers are abundant. Shop early for your best selection!
This open air market is featured in downtown Sidney on the historic Shelby County court square from early June thru early October.
The Sidney Auto-Vue Drive-In Theatre
A family-friendly Drive-In theatre where you can see two first run movies for one low price. The Auto-Vue has great concessions too.
Come on out, have some fun, and enjoy a memorable evening with your family and friends. The theatre is open seasonally Spring, Summer, and Fall.
Moose Lodge Golf Course
Established originally as the Sidney Country Club, the Moose Lodge golf course features a challenging 9-hole layout with lush fairways, beautiful putting greens, and picturesque bunkers. Even the best of players are sure to find the “Moose” a formidable challenge to their game. Open to the public.
Sidney Community Swimming Pool
Sidney’s community pool is great fun all summer long. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day the pool features a 295 foot spiral slide and speed slide for the more daring. Designated swimming areas for the little tykes and a nice picnic area are also available. Fully trained and certified life guards are always on duty.
Great Miami River
The scenic Great Miami River, which flows leisurely through the city, offers the adventurous both fishing and boating opportunities. Designated by the United States Department of Interior as a National Water Trail, this distinction has been given to only 21 other trails in the country.
Other Sidney access points to the Great Miami River:
Johnson Park – River mile 128.5
Berger Park – River mile 126.9
Roadside Park – River mile 126.4
Canal Feeder Trail – River mile 125.5
Canal Feeder Trail – River mile 122.1
For more information about fun on and around the Great Miami River, check out the Great Miami Riverway initiative. This 99 mile water trail connects 19 communities along the Great Miami River beginning in Sidney and ending in Hamilton, Ohio.
And, don’t forget, SAFETY FIRST. The live Trail and River Conditions Map on the Great Miami Riverway website helps you understand river water levels and safety conditions. Besure to check it out before your next river adventure.
Busch Family Fish Farm & Pay Lakes
Busch Family Fish Farm hosts seven small ponds stocked primarily with channel catfish, hybrid bluegill, and largemouth bass. Their largest pond is home to regular bluegill and crappie. You’re sure to enjoy this clean, attractive, quiet, and safe fishing facility. Personal assistance is available to those needing it while fishing. Bait shop and picnic areas on site. Guests are permitted to bring their own bait, food and non alcoholic beverages. Fishing licenses are not required.
Shelby County Fair
Each year the Shelby County Fair attracts visitors from all points who come to enjoy the thrills of the midway, sample the incredible selection of food, take in the wide variety of live entertainment, watch the harness racing and tour the agriculture and livestock displays. Call (937) 492-7385 for more information or visit the fair website.
In addition, numerous activities and attractions are hosted on the Shelby County Fair Grounds throughout the year. These include hobby shows, auctions, live entertainment of all varieties, agricultural related functions, car shows, and more. A comprehensive list of all non-fair events can be found at www.shelbycountyfair.com.
Historic Downtown Sidney
In 1819, the Ohio General Assembly determined that Shelby County needed a permanent site to serve as the county seat. Seventy acres of cleared farmland adjacent to the Great Miami River were donated and the new town was named Sidney, after Sir Phillip Sidney, an English patriot and writer. Now dubbed a National Registered Historic District, the Downtown Courthouse Square area of Sidney hosts an abundance of wonderful artwork, architecture and historic sites which are bound to catch any visitor’s eye.
Big Four Bridge
A Sidney landmark for over 75 years. The Big Four Railroad line was the east-west link through the county. It was known as the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis (thus the Big Four Railroad), later the Bee line, and after 1930, the New York Central Railroad. Construction was finished July, 1853.
Shelby County Libraries
Starting life in 1869 as “The Sidney Lyceum and Library Association” in a small, downtown rented room – and later renamed Amos Memorial Public Library when its brand new facility was opened in 1958 – the library system in Shelby County has grown to include the main library and 5 branches in Anna, Botkins, Fort Loramie, Jackson Center, and Russia. The downtown Sidney library was completely renovated in 2017 and offers outstanding general reading and reference materials along with special interest programming, an impressive genealogical research collection, busy children’s and teen’s rooms, and expanded movie, music, & digital collections.
Bel-Mar Lanes is your home for family FUN in Sidney. At Bel-Mar Lanes you and your friends can have a great time at prices that won’t break your budget. 12 automatic scoring lanes, bumper bowling for the kids, snack bar, and COOL Cosmic Bowling where you bowl with the lights turned down, music turned up and awesome special effects lighting.
The Lost Land Corn Maze at Vandemark Farm
The Lost Land Corn Maze is a fantastic outdoor fall activity – hosted weekends from the beginning of September through the end of October.
The maze path totals 2 miles in length and is located only a short drive from Dayton, Springfield, and Lima. Great fun for all ages!
The Sidney-Shelby County YMCA
The Sidney-Shelby County YMCA is something different and special. The YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable organization and is particularly relevant to today’s society because it fills a void in the community. It welcomes and supports children and families and helps build values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. The YMCA is for everyone – people of all ages, races, religions, incomes, and abilities. The YMCA builds community.
Rolling Hills Skate
Rolling Hills Skate in Sidney is a family-friendly facility providing recreational skating for individuals as well as large and small group outings. Rolling Hills not only provides a wonderful outlet for exercise, but a safe, fun and wholesome environment as well where parents can feel good about bringing their kids.
Yes, Rolling Hills Skate is a skating business, but much more than that, it’s a family business. So for your next family, civic group, church group, or school group outing, be sure to check out Rolling Hills Skate.
Arrowhead Golf Course
18 holes of championship golf with driving range and full service restaurant & bar. Be sure to stop by the pro shop for a souvenir to take home.
Anna One-Room School House
Originally constructed in 1887, this school was closed in 1925 after 38 years of faithful service to the surrounding community. The school house was restored with great care by owners Bill and Bonnie Elsass. Tours offered by appointment. Meeting room with modern kitchen available on lower level.
Call 937-394-7169 for more information.
Ft. Loramie Wilderness Trail Museum
37 N. Main Street
Fort Loramie, Ohio 45845
No Phone – Please see web site for contact info.
The Wilderness Trail Museum is owned and operated by the Fort Loramie Historical Association. In it visitors can view uniforms and memorabilia from the Civil War, WWI and WWII as well as Indian artifacts. Visitors can also view a turn-of-the-century dry goods store, women’s store, and a display of old shoe-making equipment. Included in the tour is a barn which features equipment used on farms in the area a hundred years ago. The museum offers a variety of programs and events throughout the year, most notably the Williamsburg Christmas Dinners held over a four-evening period in early December each year. (937-295-3855). Find out more on their website.
Miami and Erie Canal State Scenic Byway
The byway features many scenic, historic, cultural and recreational amenities along its 54 mile route that passes through Auglaize, Shelby, Miami, Van Wert and Allen counties in west-central Ohio.
Lockington Dam and Reserve
Lockington Reserve is a 200-acre tract featuring a remarkable variety of natural landscapes. Within its boundaries, one can find flood plain forest and upland woods, 90-foot high bluff, pine grove marsh areas, streams and ponds. This natural area remains undeveloped because of its role as a dry storage basin for floodwaters periodically backing up behind the Lockington Dam. The Dam itself was built between 1918 and 1921 by the Miami Conservancy District as part of a plan to prevent the flooding of 1913 from ever happening again. The dam is 6,400 feet long, 69 feet high, and 409 feet wide at its base. Lockington Dam has 1.135 million cubic yards of earth in its embankment and has a 72-foot-long spillway. When built the volume of concrete needed to construct its conduits and spillway totaled 38,000 cubic yards. Visit the website for more information.
The Shelby County Park District
The Shelby County Park District was created in 1978 to 1) provide unique natural land areas as they become available, 2) where people may enjoy relaxing recreational activities in a natural setting and 3) develop natural parks that will fill the void between state and municipal/village parks and preserve the natural environment for the benefit of present and future generations. You can find out more about our local park district by visiting their website.
5. Market Square and Portsmouth's Historic Houses
Moffatt-Ladd House | InAweofGod'sCreation / photo modified
At the heart of the historic center of this seaport and shipbuilding town, Market Square has been the city's busy hub since the days when New Hampshire's Colonial Legislature met here. Overlooked by the impressively tall steeple of North Church, the square and the brick-paved streets that radiate from it are surrounded by venerable mercantile buildings that now house shops, cafés, and restaurants.
As it winds its way along the waterfront, through Market Square and into streets of sedate old homes, the Portsmouth Harbor Trail connects more than 70 of the city's historical sites and scenic attractions. Among these are 10 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings, 10 National Historic Landmarks, and a number of historic homes that are open to visitors.
Each of these has unique features, history, and collections. Warner House, built in 1716, has the oldest Colonial wall paintings still in place and the first example of Queen Anne furniture known in America.
The 1758 John Paul Jones House, where Captain John Paul Jones lived while in Portsmouth, exhibits collections of china, silver, glass, portraits, and clothing.
Moffatt-Ladd House, built in 1763, still contains original furniture and is surrounded by beautiful gardens.
The 1785 Governor John Langdon House interior features ornate woodwork and period furnishings, and the Rundlet-May House, built in 1807, features furniture made by local craftsmen.
Hattusa Sightseeing Trail - History
From the outdoor adventure Mecca that is Harpers Ferry Adventure Center, to the high-flying indoor iFly, Loudoun is sure to elevate your heart rate! Need a more low-key experience? One of our historical properties like Morven Park offers both scenic and educational experiences, and the whole family is sure to love the up close interactions at the Leesburg Animal Park.
The Loudoun County Visitor Informationꃎnter
Market Station - Lower Deck
Corner of Loudoun St. and Harrison St.
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Attractions & Map
The trails surrounding the Garden Valley Area cover nearly 5000 miles. They are host to snowmobiling, cross country skiing, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, back country running, off-roading, camping, and seasonal hunting. These trails connect to neighboring communities and counties and tie into the State of Idaho’s unique recreational resources and history.
The Garden Valley Trail System begins at the Terrace Lakes Resort. A total of 17 miles are groomed, leading to Packer John and connecting with the trail system maintained by the Smith’s Ferry grooming program. Trails are also groomed from silver Creek to Six Mile, Boiling Springs, and Silver Creek resort. Garden Mountain can also be reached from the trail system though the route is ungroomed.
The Packer John Trail System begins at Cougar Mountain Lodge, 50 miles north of Boise. Riders go south along the road that parallels the North Fork of the Payette River on the East bank. It will lead to Packer John Lookout. From there the trail continues to “Three Forks” where it connects with other groomed trails that lconnect to the Silver Creek System and Terrace Lakes. This basic loop is about 31 miles.
The Silver Creek Trail System starts at either Cougar Mountain Lodge or Terrace Lakes Lodge. Starting from Cougar Mountain Lodge, Follow the North Fork of the Payette River south. After 5 miles, turn left on FS road #696 and go 6 miles, turn left on FS road #693, which connects with many of the groomed trails that cross over the North Fork range and leads to Boiling Springs and then to Silver Creek Guard Station. The scenery is spectacular, following the Middle Fork of the Payette River as well as some of its tributaries. There are about 50 miles of trail between Cougar Mountain and Silver Creek Guard Station.
The Payette River system offers whitewater classifications from I-IV. Commercial Outfitters take groups on day, full day, and overnight trips from Spring through Autumn. The Payette Whitewater Roundup, held in July, is a qualifying event for the US Olympic Junior Kayaking team. Whitewater fans of all levels enjoy the varied Payette!
There are numerous Hot Springs in the Valley. There’s nothing after a long day at play like a good hot soak! Hot Springs are one of Idaho’s most secret and coveted natural treasures!
The Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway is home to a high concentration of Elk, Deer and Bald Eagles. There are numerous Highway turnouts made available for wildlife viewing from the road. The high concentration of deer and Elk is the result of the canyon being at a lower elevation than the surrounding mountains, allowing the animals to feed on sage and bitterbrush. Though this food is low in nutritional value, it provides some food during the winter months. Then the route becomes a Migration path back to the higher elevations as the weather warms in the spring. Hundreds of Deer and Elk can be seen moving across the valley and up the mountainsides to the higher grasses as the snow recedes.
Turnouts for viewing the wildlife are at mileposts 17.5, 20.2, 21.3, 23.5, 27.8, and 33 between Garden Valley and Lowman. A large turnout complete with public binoculars.
You will see many White Tail Deer, Mule deer, and Rocky Mountain Elk. the White Tailed Deer raises its tail like a white flag when it runs. The Mule Deer has large mule shaped ears. The Elk has a heart shaped whitish rump patch that surrounds its tail. Its head and neck are darker than the rest of its body.
There are also many wild Turkeys, Marmots, an occasional Bear, Cougar, or possibly a Moose, as well as many Fox, Chukers, Osprey, and you may even see a shy Wolf.
Some of the things to be seen along the Byway are listed below.
- Staircase Rapids
Spectacular river scenery features one of the most famous rapids along the South Fork of the Payette River.
- Area Information and Map
Large area wide map and a scenic vista of the confluence of the South Fork and Middle Forks of the Payette River.
- Historic City of Crouch
The historic city of Crouch lies less than one mile north of the roadway.
- Pioneer Cemetery
Cemetery brings reminders of days long past of the rich heritage of this area.
- Alder Creek Bridge
Location of historic toll bridge and home site of artist Charles Ostner whose 1869 George Washington woodcarving stands in Idaho’s State Capitol Rotunda.
- Grimes Pass Dam
Interpretive panels depict the historic dams along the South Fork of the Payette River that powered mining dredges in the Boise Basin.
- Danskin Station and Rest Areas
Big game viewing, white water access, river safety information, and public restrooms. Named for Peter Danskin who maintained a stagecoach relay station here.
- Gallagher Flat Wildlife Viewpoint
Magnificent vistas for winter wildlife viewing. Also visible are the original foundations of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp at Gallagher Flat.
- Big Falls Viewpoint
Big Falls drops 40 feet requiring users to portage past this point. No hiking access from road.
- Pine Flats Campground and Hot Springs
GPS Coordinates are: Latitude 44.0624 and Longitude -115.6862
Public use area developed by the CCC in the 1930’s. These hot springs provide unique habitat for plants and animals as well as natural spas for people.
- Deadwood Campground
Rest area, Julie Creek trailhead, and white water access. Archeological excavations revealed this campsite was occupied between AD 534-731 and again from AD 1019-1221.
Garden Valley Area 8B Snowmachine Grooming Map
Historic “Crouch” — This historic town, a short mile up the Middlefork Road from the highway, has long been the center of commerce in the valley. The rustic old wooden town center buildings house a variety of gift and food establishments, as well as the mercantile and commodities shops needed to support the community residents, and provide refreshment and supplies to the numerous visitors to the area. The new City Park is the start of a non-motorized bike and pedestrian path that winds through the park as well as other scenic Garden Valley areas.
Pioneer Cemetery — Brings reminders of days long past of the rich heritage of the area.
Alder Creek Bridge — and homesite of artist Charles Ostner. Near this historic “Silver” Bridge was the home of Charles Ostner whose famous woodcarving of George Washington still stands in the Idaho State Capital today. (The historic “Silver Bridge” was replaced and upgraded in the summer of 2014)
Big Falls and Staircase Rapids — Two of the most famous whitewater rafting locations along the South Fork of the Payette. The South Fork features a run through a canyon with a portage at Big Falls. This canyon stretch is punctuated at its deepest point by a 40-foot waterfall. River runners portage around this spectacular sight then continue on through a narrow gorge filled with natural hot springs. After the Deadwood River adds its flow, the river begins to drop about 40 feet per mile with continuous steep rapids.
Danskin Station — Big game viewing, info and whitewater access.
Gallagher Flat — Original Civilian Conservation Corps camp foundations.
Pine Flats — Hot springs for plants, animals and people!
Deadwood Campground — Campsite was occupied as early as AD 534.
Grimes Pass Dam — powered mining dredges in the Boise Basin.
Live Musical Theater – Memorial Day to Labor Day, enjoy top-notch theater performances under the stars at Starlight Mountain Theatre. You can also check out their scheduled performances on our Calendar of Events page during the summer months.
Neighbors – Garden Valley is a gem along the scenic loop from Boise to Lowman to Idaho City. This day trip takes you through some of the most beautiful mountain scenery imaginable. A short distance north is the town of McCall and to the east, the famous ski resort of Sun Valley.