The planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of the Silver-Bow Greenway System Corridor along 22 miles of Silver Bow Creek is part of a massive cleanup of the creek.
It includes the creation of the Greenway Service District (GSD), a collaboration of Anaconda-Deer Lodge and Butte-Silver Bow counties.
Approximately three miles of the greenway are open, with more segments under construction.
The first segment, 1.7 miles from west of Butte to the Rocker Depot, includes three pedestrian bridges across Silver Bow and a pedestrian underpass (below a railroad bridge) and trailheads at Whiskey Gulch, just west of Butte, and at the Rocker Depot. Another segment connects a 1.2-mile section between Silver Bow and Ramsay. Presently there is a three-mile gap between the sections.
To bicycle between the two existing segments, begin at the west end of the Rocker section at the parking area (Grizzly Trail road) and head west. Go past the big truck stop and continue along the road, going under I-15, after which Grizzly Trail/Nissler Road intersects Silver Bow Road; bear left and in a short distance you will see the trailhead, marked by a gate.
The Butte end of the Silver Bow Creek Greenway will eventually connect to Butte's Copperway Trails system, which means that in the future people will be able to walk or bike all the way from the heart of the City of Butte to Warm Springs, Montana. A trailhead is planned for the Silver Bow end, while the Ramsay end has no designated parking area. In the Silver Bow-Ramsay section a side trail turns south along Silver Bow Creek just east of Ramsay. The GSD hopes to extend the trail via this spur into the Ramsay flats area, pending landowner approval. For now, the main trail leads into Ramsay.
For updates and more information, contact: Greenway Service District, 406-497-6469.