A scenic attraction of the largest free-flowing waterfall in the Northwest that offers amazing views, a moderate hiking trail, and more.
Kootenai Falls and Swinging Bridge is located between Libby and Troy, Montana at mile marker 21 along Highway 2. The river flows through a canyon and is downstream from Libby. The falls are a scenic attraction, as it is the largest free-flowing waterfall in the Northwest. It has a rapid decline of 90 feet within one mile. The Kootenai River and Falls are considered sacred spiritual land to the Kootenai Indians, who were the first to live in the area. Many explorers used the river as a navigational tool. Today, the falls are a scenic attraction and are accessible by foot. The walking trail starts at a parking lot along the highway, then navigates through a beautiful forest landscape along with many scenic look-out points. The trail has an enclosed walking bridged that will lead pedestrians to the prime scenic point at the swinging bridge. Stunning views of the river and falls give a sense of natural power felt by many. The hike is considered to be moderate level and may not be for everyone, as it tends to be rocky and slick at points. It leads about 150 feet downhill. From there, a metal staircase will lead you to the waterfall or the swing bridge. The hike is about ¼ mile to the falls and ⅓ mile to the bridge. Although considered a moderate hike, it’s absolutely worth the view. Make sure not to forget the camera to capture the moment. Unfortunately, the best viewpoints along the main hiking trail are not ADA accessible, however, an ADA accessible trail is located at the trailhead at the parking lot and leads to an outlook of the white rapids. Trail amenities include a visitor center, which is open during the summer season of May to September. When open, the center can provide helpful information, food, drinks, and souvenirs. Also located at the trailhead parking lot is an area with picnic tables, bbq pits, and an ADA accessible restroom is available, as well.