From the breathtaking crests of the Swan Mountains, and the sparkling azure of Flathead Lake, to the perfectly picturesque downtown, Bigfork, Montana, is one of the most treasured corners of the Flathead Valley. Best known for its depth of culture, Bigfork is home to several art galleries, a number of renowned restaurants, and its very own playhouse theatre.
Shop the different boutiques on Electric Avenue, or savor some breakfast at the Pocketstone Café before heading over to the Bigfork Playhouse Theatre for some world class entertainment. According to the BPT website, Oscar-winning J.K. Simmons is an alumnus from this theatre. You may also enjoy productions from the Bigfork Playhouse Children’s Theatre.
Though it has a relatively small population of about 4,200, Bigfork does not lack attractions. Eagle Bend Golf Course rests just outside of town and features 7 holes. There are 4 schools within city limits (2 elementary, 1 middle, and 1 high school). A medical clinic is available within Bigfork, and Kalispell, less than 20 minutes away, has some of the most state-of-the art medical services around.
Outdoor recreation is another favorite pastime for the citizens of Bigfork. With the pristine waters of the Swan River flowing through the outskirts of town, and Flathead Lake lapping at its edges, water is a large part of life in this notable town. With measurements of 28 miles by 15 miles, Flathead Lake is known as the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. From kayaking the river, to swimming at Wayfarers State Park on the banks of the lake, Bigfork is a water lover’s dream.
Glacier National Park is one of the highlights of the Flathead Valley, and Bigfork lies only 50 miles from the West Park entrance. Combined with the trails directly around Bigfork and over 700 miles of maintained trails in the park, you will be hard pressed to tire out the hiking, biking, and exploring that this part of Montana has to offer.
With a mild climate, Bigfork is the number one grower of the famed Flathead Cherry. The temperature in July ranges from a high of 80 to a low of 49. In January the average high is 31 with a low of 18. Snowfall average is about 47 inches, and rain levels out at about 23 inches. This makes the area perfect for growing some of the sweetest cherries there are. From pies to jams and jellies, the Flathead Cherry rivals the Mountain Huckleberry as the favorite local commodity.
Bigfork has not only been labeled among the “100 Best Small Art Towns of the Nation”, but also “One of the 50 Great Towns of the West”. Of course, you can really only know if you agree with this after you’ve visited, so book that trip today and come check out the beautiful scenery, art galleries, adorable small-town shops, and well-rounded culture for yourself.
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