The City of Shelby has been working for several years constructing a safe path connecting schools, work and recreation opportunities throughout our community. Creating the Roadrunner Recreation Trail has made Shelby a more walkable / bikeable community giving all citizens the opportunity to increase their physical activity, enjoy our communities’ environment and natural resources and seek an alternative in transportation means.
The trail begins at the intersection of Main Street and Coyote Pass. The trail heads north on the bike path along Oilfield Avenue approximately 1.3 miles where it leaves the state highway at North Lake Sheloole Drive and circumvents Lake Sheloole for approximately 2.6 miles . The trail joins the City Shop Road, continuing into Shelby on Galena Avenue and back on to Main Street. A mid-way loop leaves the trail approximately 1 mile from the City Shop Road and joins city streets at North Park Avenue.
Shelby Heights Trail: The Heights Trail is a shared-use pathway on the south end of the community under construction. From 12th Avenue to 5th Street and along 13th Street and 9th Avenue, widened roadways allow for walkers and bikers to share the road.
Roadrunner Recreation Trail is 5.06 miles of paved asphalt with varied degrees of difficulty. Benches and pet stations are available along the rural portion of the trail. In addition, exercise stations and points-of-interest signs are situated throughout the rural portion of the trail. The trail provides wonderful views of the Rocky Mountains and Sweetgrass Hills. It takes you through the natural grass prairies of northern Montana and provides great exercise; nature viewing; and incredible historical information. Most important, it’s a lot of fun.
FOR YOUR SAFETY
- Prepare for a variety of weather. Even in the middle of summer, it can be sunny, but quickly change to wind, rain or even snow. This is Montana!
- Wear a hat and drink water to prevent heat stroke on hot days. No drinking stations are available, so bring your own. Don’t forget the sunscreen.
- No restrooms facilities are available on the trail so….
- No motorized vehicles are permitted on the trail, but biking is very popular on the trail. Stay to the right as you enjoy the walk.
- Leashed dogs are welcome on the trail. Just don’t forget if they leave anything, it’s your job to pick-up after them. (BYOB-bring your own bags)
- Farmers say there are no rattlesnakes north of the railroad tracks…nonetheless be aware of where you are walking.
- Coyotes, gophers, badgers, weasels, antelope and deer have been known to frequent the plains of northern Montana, but there’s no need for bear bells.
- Call out, sing or talk loudly…you’re bound to scare everything away.
- Thanks to the generosity of the Shelby Junior High Builder’s Club, benches are available along the trail.
- Signs and trash receptacles are on their way as funding becomes available, so please be patient. The City of Shelby welcomes donations to complete our trail for the enjoyment of our citizens, visitors and friends now and for generations to come.
- Do it together…use the trail everyday!