If you’re one for exploring new country, blazing trails, or sticking to established ones, you’re in the right place. With miles upon miles of established hiking, biking and horseback riding trails available, Johnson County has no shortage of fall adventure of to be found.
Close to Town
Bud Love Wildlife Habitat Management Area:
6 mi NW of Town on French Creek Rd, 2 mi in on North Sayles Creek
Great For: Horses, Hiking, & Biking
Expect: Fewer People, Incredible Views, Gorgeous Canyon Hike up the Face, Fishing
Popular: Firebox Park, Rock & Keno Creek – Wind through a stunning canyon up the face to Firebox Park & moderate trail loops through Rock & Keno Creek. This is a hidden gem!
Close to town, just 6 miles northwest on French Creek Rd, this area offers 7,900 public acres with 2 entrances, each with equal diversity and opportunity.
In any direction you choose to go, you’ll experience beauty and likely see wildlife at the face of the Bighorns. Excellent for any of the above activities, game trails meet up with established trails for spectacular, personalized adventure.
Or, hit the trailhead and wind your way up Firebox Canyon for incredible views through Sayles Creek and Rock Creek. (Closed Jan 1 – May 14.)
Head into the Bighorns:
Our mountains offer an abundance of trailheads and trails. Elgin Park, Hunter Corrals and Circle Park are all popular trailheads less than 15 miles up Hwy 16, and are excellent for hiking, biking and horseback riding.
FS Road 20, 13 mi W on Hwy 16
Great For: Hiking
Expect: Heavy Use, Stunning Views, Great Fishing, Camping Nearby
Popular: Sherd Lake – 1.8mi | Rainy Lake – 6mi | Willow Lake – 8mi
FS Road 19, 12 mi W on Hwy 16
Great For: Horses & Hiking
Expect: Corral Hosts to Help with Horse & Trail Knowledge, Fishing, Camping Nearby
Popular: Seven Brothers Lakes – 8mi | Florence Pass/Bomber Mountain – Long, gradual hike, historic monument & wreckage of the military bomber that crashed there in 1943.