Great Falls has some of Montana’s best and most unique mountain biking. Although some trails depart right in town, they access remote areas of the river canyon, making all the trails a true backcountry experience. Pack accordingly. You may encounter hikers, joggers and/or wildlife on these trails so stay alert when you ride.
South Shore Trails:
The South Shore Trail is the best of the Great Falls trail network. This out and back trail rambles nearly 20 miles along the Missouri river, through yucca plants and prickly pear cactus. For the first 3.3 miles, the network offers an outer blue loop that extends over rolling terrain and an inner expert loop that meanders along rock ledges above the river with drop-offs of 50 feet in some places. After 3.3 miles only one trail continues rolling over the hilly badlands above the river. The terrain and views along this trail are amazing and seem to somehow combine the rock riding technical features of a Moab ride with the wide open space and rolling terrain of a Marin Headlands type experience. Very unique. Map here: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/south-shore-to-lost-fork-loop–2