Hiking in Meridian, IdahoHiking in Idaho has so many options.  There is millions of acres BLM Land, National Forest Lands as well as many wilderness areas to choose from.  Hiking is one of the most popular things to do in Idaho. The variety of trails and wilderness areas offer a hiking experience for people of all skills and interests. Even those who don't consider themselves outdoorsmen can find areas that aren't too much of a challenge, but there are certainly enough trails that can test even the best hikers.  Overnight and lengthy backpacking trips are great options also.

Meridian sits in a relatively flat agricultural valley just 10 miles west of Boise that used to be a farm and dairy community, but not anymore.  Now it's a thriving suburban city and the closest rural style hiking trails are 20-30 minutes to the north or east in the Boise foothills.  The more common hiking trails are just up out of Boise and Eagle.

If you do an Internet search for "things to do in Meridian," over 90 percent of the results will be outdoor-related, and most get top ratings. In fact, the Ridge to River Trail System in the Boise foothills about a half hour from Meridian gets high marks on TripAdvisor. Ridge to River offers over 200 miles of ground that are fairly easy to cover, whatever your hiking skill, including flat land and hills.

There are other places near Meridian for hiking in Idaho. Table Rock Trials are a short 25-minute drive away, and they provide stunning views of the Treasure Valley. Also nearby is Jump Creek Canyon featuring beautiful waterfalls and trails that lead both above the falls where you can enjoy the exquisite Idaho scenery, and to the base where you can take a swim. Additionally, hiking enthusiasts know about Mores Mountain Trails that meander through established forests, cross opulent meadows filled with stunning Idaho wildflowers, and ascend Mores Mountain.

Hiking in Idaho With the Whole Family

Hiking in Idaho isn't just for the adults--or the humans. There are plenty of trails that are kid and pet-friendly. Because it follows along the River, the Boise River Greenbelt doesn't run directly through Meridian, but it is close enough to enjoy. There are trails throughout various sections of the Greenbelt that make you forget you're anywhere near the city, such as the Bethine Church River Trail. Everyone in the family will love exploring this particular trail with its bridges, streams, and nesting spots for wildlife, and Only In Your State lists it as a perfect trail for winter hiking in Idaho.

Just a 1.5 hour drive to the southeast you will find another area near Gooding, Idaho. MagicValley.com says Gooding City of Rocks is another ideal place for hiking in Idaho with the kids. Formations made of volcanic rock line the trails, creating arches, columns and abstract shapes to ignite the imaginations of children of all ages.

If you love living close to nature and are ready for a move, take a look at homes in Meridian Idaho. You'll get a beautiful house that's close enough to foothills, mountains and wilderness areas to provide all the hiking experiences you crave. Hikers who have already made the move love how the area seems designed specifically for them. Whether or not hiking in Idaho is your passion, Meridian is an incredible place close to everything Idaho has to offer!

To find out more about Meridian or the rest of Southwestern Idaho, give Jeff Stewart, Owner/Broker at Stewart Realty a call for a personal tour of the area and some great homes that fit your style and budget.

Jeff Stewart, Broker/Owner 208-602-1993 or jeff@stewartrealtyllc.com.