Hayden, Idaho is a suburb of Coeur d’Alene in Kootenai County in the panhandle of Idaho. It is surrounded by mountains and beautiful lakes and is sometimes referred to as an adult playground due to the large variety of outdoor activities and the perfect weather in all seasons.
We have multiple blog posts on boating activities in the area and we also have several posts on biking in the area but in this post we thought we would focus on some of the other activities in the area.
English Point – Hayden, Idaho
English Point Recreation Trails is a group of trails along Hayden Lake which can be used for hiking, biking, and horseback riding and even cross-country skiing in the winter. It is one of our favorite local hangouts and we have been visiting this area for a number of years.
Farragut State Park – Athol, Idaho
Farragut is a beautiful state park about 20 minutes north of Coeur d’Alene and was the second largest naval training station in the world during World War II. It borders Lake Pend Oreille which is the largest lake in Idaho and very deep (around 1,150 feet deep) and is still used to this day for naval sonar research with submarines. Today the park has multiple campgrounds, 45 miles of hiking and biking trails, access to lake beaches, a museum, disc golf, archery, RC plane flying, and a multitude of other activities to keep you busy. We love to hike there.
Bayview, Idaho – Lake Pend Oreille
Bayview is a small lakeside town with lots of charm, a few restaurants, and lots of marinas full of boats. There is a classic car show in town called “Thunder in the Bay” which is now in its’ 4th year. The town is also known for its floating homes which are full of beautiful flowers on their docks during the summer. It is a beautiful sight to see.
Silverwood Theme Park – Athol, Idaho
Silverwood is the largest theme park in the Inland Northwest. It is hard to miss if you drive along Highway 95. It also has a large water park called Boulder Beach and an RV park across the street. There is also Ravenwood RV Resort just a few miles south. It gets quite crowded in the summer.
Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes – Rails to Trails
The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes is a 72-mile paved Rails to Trails bike path which runs from Plummer, ID to Mullan, ID and borders the Coeur d’Alene River for a distance. It is extremely scenic and there is usually a chance to see some moose or at the least, some moose tracks. We even saw a wolf one time. It’s a great way to get out and enjoy the day.
Tubbs Hill in Coeur d’Alene
Tubbs Hill is a beautiful urban park on a peninsula in Coeur d’Alene and borders Lake Coeur d’Alene. For being in a city it’s a great park to take a nature hike or jump into the lake from the cliffs above and just hang in the water all day.
Coeur d’Alene Street Fair, Art Fair, and Taste of Coeur d’Alene
During the first weekend in August, the city of Coeur d’Alene closes Sherman Ave downtown and holds a street fair with a multitude of vendors selling their wares. At the park next to it there is an art fair (Art on the Green) and also a variety of food vendors and beer garden for a Taste of Coeur d’Alene. It is guaranteed to bring out a lot of locals and tourists and is usually quite hot. Luckily the lake beach is right there so after a time spent in the beer gardens you can go jump in the lake. A fun time!