Walking is simple to do but challenging to make time for. Did you know a daily short walk can help reduce anxiety, improve sleep, increase creativity, and reduce symptoms of depression?
With National Take a Walk in the Park Day on March 30th, we couldn’t think of a better way to encourage you to get outside, take a break, and soak up the fresh air!
Idaho makes walking easy with over 200 miles of trails, hundreds of parks, and 5,000 acres of city-owned open space reserves. To make it even easier we’ve put together a park guide so you can find a park near you!
- A popular destination, Julia Davis Park is rich in history and has plenty of open space to enjoy it. Located in the heart of downtown Boise, this park invites you to take a break in the middle of it all.
- Ann Morrison Park is another popular park along the Boise River Greenbelt. If you are a dog owner, this is the perfect chance to meet other dogs at the year-round, off-leash dog park, Dog Island.
- Kathryn Albertson Park is a 41-acre park and home to several wildlife species, including ducks, geese, herons, and beavers. Stroll along the park’s wide and paved walking paths, which wind through the park’s ponds and wetlands.
- Located in the North End neighborhood of Boise, Camel’s Back offers short strolls or long walking loops with stunning views of the city.
- Hulls Gulch Reserve is a 292-acre nature reserve located just north of Boise. The reserve features several hiking trails perfect for taking in the peace and tranquility of the Boise foothills.
- Settlers Park is one of the largest parks in Meridian. Enjoy the park’s walking paths and fishing ponds! And if you are up for the extra challenge, bring your rackets and play a game of pickleball!
- Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park is located in the heart of Meridian, adjacent to The Village at Meridian. This park also has a frisbee golf course and a large pond with winding walking paths!
- Dedicated to the men and women who have served in the military, Heroes Park is a unique park with a pond and a paved walking loop that is just over ½ mile.
- Nestled along the Boise river and located in the heart of Eagle, Reid Park is a 7-acre park that offers winding paths and options to make your way over to the greenbelt!
- Heritage Park is a 9-acre park located in downtown Eagle. Stroll through the park or wander around the welcoming quaintness of downtown!
- Guerber Park is a 13-acre park situated at the base of the foothills in Eagle. Bring the kids and get your steps in!
- Lakeview Park is Nampa’s oldest and most scenic park. The picturesque park is more than 44 acres and is located along the entrance into Nampa from the Garrity exit.
- Wilson Creek Park features a natural setting area along the Wilson Drain, making it a great habitat for quail and other bird species. The park has walking trails and an access point to the Wilson Creek Pathway.
- Liberty Park, located next to the Nampa Recreation Center, provides 18 acres of green grass and open space to stretch your legs and enjoy a breath of fresh air!
- In the heart of Caldwell, Indian Creek Park is a popular spot for picnics, walking, and biking. The park features a playground, a walking path, and relaxing water views.
- Offering beautiful views of Lake Lowell, Mallard Park is a 30-acre spread located at the corner of 10th Avenue and Orchard Street!
- Located next to Rotary Pond, Rotary Park features a fishing pier and a greenbelt! A popular spot for fishing and birdwatching, enjoy an afternoon of fresh air and listening to the birds.
Fun Facts on Walking
The average walking speed of humans
The average walking speed of a person is 3.1 miles per hour.
How far do you have to walk to burn off one M&M candy
To burn off the calories you get after eating one M&M candy, you will have to walk the length equal to that of a football field!
Life of a pair of tennis shoes
A regular pair of tennis shoes will last for 500 miles of walking.
6,000 steps will improve your health
6,000 steps per day will help to improve your health.
The most popular exercise in the U.S.
Walking is the most preferred form of exercise in the U.S.
Whether you are situated next to the foothills in North Boise or live in the countryside of South Meridian– the preservation of our open spaces throughout the Treasure Valley provides an opportunity for enjoyment wherever you are.
Take a walk, toss a frisbee with a friend, or let your four-legged friend explore wherever their nose takes them… whatever the activity may be, we hope this guide inspires you to explore and discover your next favorite park!