Top 5 National Forests in Montana for Summer Camping

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Are you looking for a place to go summer camping in Montana? If so, you may want to consider staying at one of America's National Forests. Here's a quick rundown on five of the best ones:

Kootenai National Forest

The Kootenai National Forest is located near Libby. It features six major camping areas with many campsites that are well suited for tent campers, RV users and equestrians. Activities on offer include rock climbing, mountain climbing, swimming, trout fishing and hiking. Hikers many want to consider taking the Callahan Historic Trail. It passes through an old mining area. Disc golf is also available.

Gallatin National Forest

The Gallatin National Forest is located near Bozeman. It features four major camping areas with ample sites geared towards OHV enthusiasts and tent campers. Some of the camping areas are also RV friendly. However, I'd recommend calling ahead to verify site size. Campers will also find wonderful opportunities for mountain biking, fishing, hiking and horseback riding.

Flathead National Forest

The Flathead National Forest is located near Kalispell. It features five major camping areas with many sites that are suitable for tent camping and equestrians. There are also opportunities to rent drive-in and hike-in cabins. OHV riding, waterskiing, swimming and fishing are just some of the activities on offer. Hikers looking for a short jaunt may want to consider taking the Flathead Lake Interpretive Trail. It offers excellent views of the lake. Ambitious mountain bikers, on the other hand, may want to check out the Switchback Trail.

Custer National Forest

The Custer National Forest is located near Billings. It features three major camping areas that are best suited for tent campers if you ask me. The forest offers superlative opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, fishing and horseback riding. OHV riding is also an option. I'd recommend that campers consider visiting the Big Ice Cave interpretive site. It offers an excellent view of the cave's ice floor.

Bitterroot National Forest

The Bitterroot National Forest is located near Stevensville. It features four major camping areas with campsites that are suitable for RV campers and tent campers. In addition, campers may choose to spend the night in one of the forest's lookouts. The forest has amazing and abundant hiking trails. Campers looking for a challenging hike may want to consider exploring the Tin Cup Trail. When exploring the Tin Cup Trail, sturdy hiking boots and a healthy amount of caution are a must. Fishing, mountain biking, OHV and horseback riding are also on offer.

Killeen Gonzalez enjoys summer sports and recreation with her family. She has also traveled extensively.

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