Hieronymus Park (60 acres of floodplain, mature cottonwoods, riparian areas and meadows) is on the north edge of Hamilton and has a fishing pond (look for waterfowl) and picnic tables on its south end. The large Corvallis Canal runs along the east side of the park and warbler species and black-headed grosbeaks can be spotted along both sides of the canal in the thick shrubbery. Osprey, bald eagles and moose can also commonly be seen in this park. A 2-mile narrow loop trail passes a footbridge over the canal (to the pond and picnic areas) and leads to the Bitterroot River, where spotted sandpipers, common mergansers and American dippers can be seen.
Hieronymus Park’s interpretive trail tells the story of how the Salish helped Lewis and Clark in their Bitterroot journey. Ten interpretive signs along a trail ringing the 66-acre park take a creative approach to subjects ranging from native birds to sign language and Salish games.
Near the entrance is a Veteran’s memorial.
Location: Off Hwy 93 N. behind Dairy Queen, South of Bitterroot River Inn
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Alcohol, campfires, firearms, hunting, littering, motorized vehicles
Dogs are allowed on leashes
Restrooms are not available
Hieronymus Park Drive, Hamilton, MT 59840, USA