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Road biking in and around Idaho State Parks

Idaho is a biker’s oasis with miles of hard surfaced non-motorized bike trails, many of which are ‘rails to trails‘ projects or old railroad grades converted to pathways.  Three of Idaho’s state parks are excellent places to road bike:

Heyburn State Park – Camp at Heyburn and spend a week riding the bike paths of northern Idaho that reach from one side of the state to the other.  

Ponderosa State Park – Take off from Ponderosa State Park to access hard path trails in and around the park.

Lucky Peak State Park –  Pack a picnic and ride from downtown Boise to Lucky Peak State Park on the famous Greenbelt

Bicycle Touring (Road Cycling)

Bicycle Tourism is gaining popularity and we now have several parks that have set up bike-friendly campsites, perfect for the cycle tourist on their cross-state or cross-country journeys!

*Please note: These sites are non-reservable.


Bicycle Tourism (also known as Road Cycling, Road Biking, and Adventure Cycling) is a form of recreation and tourism in which a bicycle is the primary mode of transportation. The trips are typically focused more on the adventure aspect of travel by bike, rather than competition or strenuous exercise.

Hells Gate State Park – Lewiston, Idaho

A campsite has been set aside specifically for Adventure cyclists, accommodating eight. The site offers access to electricity and a picnic table, with restrooms and shower facilities nearby. Additional open camping areas are available within the park.

The park is located four (4) miles south of US 12 as traffic crosses the Blue Interstate Bridge.  US 95 is six (6) miles west of the intersection with US 12 in North Lewiston.  Jet boat trips into Hells Canyon are available from concessionaires within the park.  Lewiston and Clarkston have approximately 23 miles of paved multi-use trails that connect with Hells Gate State Park.

Contact Hells Gate State Park (208) 799- 5015 to make use arrangements or come to the Lewis and Clark Discovery Center within Hells Gate State Park upon arrival. 

Winchester Lake State Park – Winchester, Idaho

A large, lake-view, open area is available specifically for cyclists that will accommodate four, two-man tents on level ground. There is convenient access to a CXT restroom and picnic table. Electricity is available at a nearby fish cleaning station.

The site is located at the end of the road to our Appaloosa camp loop.  Follow the signs to the Fish Cleaning Station, the bicycle campsite is located directly across the road from the fish cleaning station.

Contact Winchester Lake State Park (208) 924-7563 to make use arrangements.

Henrys Lake State Park – Island Park, Idaho

Three campsites have been set aside with space for four cyclists per site. Each site will be within 100 yards of the shower facilities and will have nearby access to restrooms, as well as an on-site table and fire pit. Henrys Lake is approximately 20 miles from Yellowstone National Park, near to the Great Divide Route (section 2), and has beautiful lakeside views of the Centennial Mountains.

The sites are located west of the restroom and fish cleaning station, above the parking lot, on the flat grass area. Park season is approximately May 15 through October, with staff available from 8 am to 6 pm.

Site arrangements can be made by calling the park directly at (208) 558-7532 or by email at

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