Headwaters Trail System
The Headwaters Trail System is a paved network of trails that runs along the former Milwaukee Railroad bed through the City of Three Forks to the Missouri Headwaters State Park. Future plans include extending the trail to Manhattan, Montana, and other parts of the Gallatin Valley. The scenic trail provides views of the surrounding mountains and grasslands, winds around ponds and through old growth cottonwood trees, and end on the banks of the Jefferson River. In 2007, it was selected as the Montana Trail of the Year by the State Fish, Wildlife & Parks department. The Headwaters Run is an annual fundraiser, held the fourth Saturday of July. Pre-registration is available at Race Montana.
Three Forks Historical Society Museum
Thousands of artifacts and memorabilia depicting the history of Three Forks and the Headwaters area, which includes Willow Creek, Logan, Trident, Old Town, and Gallatin City, can be found in the Headwaters Heritage Museum. Among the many interesting displays on the main floor is an old anvil, all that remains of a fur trapper’s trading post built in 1810. An exceptional collection of barbed wire is another exhibit. There is no charge to visit the museum. Membership, donations, memorials and gift shop profit provide funding. Books, souvenirs, postcards and gifts are available in the gift shop. An all-volunteer staff keep the museum open from June 1 through September 30 annually, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is available year round by appointment.
For more information visit the Museum Website
June 1-Sept 30 9a-5p
(Off season by appointment only)
Golf in Three Forks
The Headwater Public Golf Course, built by Three Forks citizens in 1986, is known for water, wildlife and the wondrous mountain views in all directions. One of the few golf courses in Montana open year-round, the course takes full advantage of the area’s mild winters and typical deficiency of snowfall. Don’t be surprised to see golfers out on this course in late December or early January! If the course is bare of snow, and the temp is 40-degrees or better, this course is open.
For more infomation visit Headwaters Golf
Pogreba Field Airport
The Three Forks Airport is a public use airport owned by Gallatin County, and located just one mile southeast of downtown Three Forks. It is known as Pogreba Field, named for our own Missing in Action pilot Cpt. Dean Pogreba of Three Forks, whose plane went missing during the Vietnam War. As taken from an excerpt in the book Pogie 105 by the widow of Pogreba, Maxine writes, “In 1971 former U.S. Marine fighter pilot and Dean’s protégé, Bill Fairhurst, then mayor of Three Forks, spearheaded an effort to name the local airport after Dean. Although still listed MIA, Dean has been promoted to Colonel as he was still considered ‘active duty.’ Mayor Fairhurst had long admired Dean as a friend and fellow pilot. The airport was dedicated as Pogreba Field on May 22, 1971. In 1995 a permanent granite memorial and flagpole were also dedicated at Fairhurst’s urging.” Pogreba Field covers an area of 160 acres (65 ha) at an elevation of 4,089 feet (1,246 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 2/20 with an asphalt surface measuring 5,100 by 60 feet (1,554 x 18 m).
The airport hosts the state's oldest fly-in every August. The airport has a fully operational skydiving drop zone, one of only two in the state. To learn more visit their website at http://www.skydivebozeman.com/
The airport also has two glider clubs on the field, offering scenic rides and glider instruction, and one of the only ground launching systems for gliders in the U.S.
Bring your fly-fishing gear. Fishing the headwaters of the Missouri River near Three Forks provides sports persons with hundreds of miles of accessible blue-ribbon trout fishing. The Madison, Gallatin, Jefferson, and Missouri rivers are among the world's most famous trout waters. Within Three Forks City limits, the Three Forks ponds are great for canoeing, kayaking and children’s fishing. You may access the Headwaters Trail System from anywhere in town for a short 1-mile walk to the ponds. There are also dozens of fishing access sites nearby. With a snow-capped mountainous background, fishing these clear waters captures many a fisherman’s attention. The area offers views of a multitude of wildlife including great blue herons, sand hill cranes, red-tailed hawks, golden and bald eagles, river otters, beaver, mink, Canadian geese, whitetail and mule deer, elk, and the occasional moose highlight the panorama. All non-residents 15 years and older are required to obtain a fishing license. A valid licensed adult must accompany anyone under 15 years of age. Nearby Fish, Wildlife & Parks fishing access points include Blackbird, Droulliard, Williams Bridge, Sappington, Cobblestone, Grey Cliff, Black’s Ford, Logan Bridge, Fairweather, Milwaukee and the Missouri Headwaters State Park.
For detailed information on each site, please visit Montana Fishing
Headwaters State Park
Located just 4 miles from the city limits, and accessible via the Headwaters Trail System you can camp where Lewis and Clark stayed in 1805. This park encompasses the confluence of the Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin Rivers.
For more information visit Missouri Headwaters
Buffalo Jump State Park
See one of the largest buffalo jump sites in the country! Just a short drive away from city limits, take a picnic and hike to the top of the buffalo jump for impressive views of the Madison River Valley. Situated on the edge of a broad valley carved by the Madison River, this high limestone cliff was used by Native Americans for 2,000 years – ending as recently as 200 years ago. Native people stampeded vast herds of bison off this massive semicircular cliff, using them for food, clothing, shelter and provisions.
For more information visit Madison Buffalo Jump