Top 200 Places: Kootenai Falls & Swinging Bridge Montana

Kootenai Falls and Swinging Bridge
MP 21 (between Libby and Troy)
Montana 59923

A major scenic and wildlife viewing attraction, this year around trail (#218) offers access to one of the largest free-flowing waterfalls in the NW; it drops 90 feet in less than a mile with the main falls at 30 feet high. It is 2 miles long and begins north of the footbridge off Highway 2 at an elevation of 1,160 feet where there is also restrooms and a nice treed picnic area. It ends at Forest Service Road #4445 at an elevation of 4,180 feet. Resting stops are along the way; there is a special enclosed pedestrian bridge over the RR that wind down to the Swinging Bridge that overlooks the falls. Dogs are allowed; they must be kept leashed and under their owner’s control at all times.

Top 200 Places, with tens of thousands of places listed to take your dog to, will be releasing on it’s Dog News blog, Facebook page and on Twitter a list of 200 Top Places that you can take your dog in the U.S. and Canada. This list, while intended to highlight top places that are especially pet-friendly, is not designed to be the absolutely top 200 places that we could find, but a sampling of the top places so that all regions, types of attractions, hotels, B&Bs, vacation rentals, parks, beaches, shopping and more can be considered. No doubt each of you will find many other places not on this list or our full list of dog-friendly places at Please let us know about them by commenting on the blog or emailing us at You can also let us and our readers know if you agree or disagree with the selections, or your experiences there. Please keep in mind that places often change their policies regarding dogs and thus may have different policies at any time in the future.

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