Historic Trails in Central Montana

Central Montana is a crossroads of history - home to Native American cultures, explored by Lewis and Clark, and site of some of the earliest settlements in Montana. Several trails trace the paths of these historic events as they pass through Central Montana.

Historic Lewis & Clark Trail

Lewis & Clark Trail

This trail follows the route taken by the expedition as they explored westward along the Missouri River.


Historic Whoop Up Trail

Whoop Up Trail

This trail was carved by bootleggers and traders transporting illegal whiskey and goods.


Historic Old Forts Trail

Old Forts Trail

This trail marks the sites of early settlements of traders who transported goods from Fort Benton to Canada.


Historic Nez Perce Trail

Nez Perce Trail

The Nez Perce's long flight from the U.S. Army followed this trail from Oregon and Idaho.


Historic Old North Trail

Old North Trail

The Blackfeet followed this trail from their northern hunting grounds to their southern winter encampments.