Cress Creek Trail is along the South Fork of the Snake River. This 1¼-mile hike is wheelchair accessible for the first 1/2 mile with the parking lot right off the road and restrooms at the trailhead.
The hike itself is truly a walk through nature. The trail climbs through sagebrush and grass communities, juniper-covered slopes, and, at the end of the paved hike, a small creek. Along the trail, there are many stations that give information on wildflowers, animal’s tracks and scat, and trees. “Cress Creek Trail” is derived from the watercress plant, one of the moose’s favorite foods. Watercress grows here because of the warm temperature of the creek, which even allows it to grow in the winter. At the creek, the hike makes a loop, where you follow the stream to a large bluff that overlooks the valley and the river.
The Cress Creek Nature Trail has been used by schools for field trips for years. Yet the gentle hike provides a wonderful panorama of the South Fork of the Snake River during the summer and an explosion of color in the fall that all age groups will enjoy. During the hot summer months, the part of the trail by the creek is refreshingly cool.
- Parking Lot
- Wheelchair accessible 1st 1/2 mile
- Informational Signs
- Continue on S 2000 W/Archer Rd. Take W 7800 S 600 E to E 10000 S
- Turn left onto E 10000 S (f0r 11 min)
- Turn right onto S Snake River Rd
- Continue straight to stay on S Snake River Rd (for 23 minutes)
- Destination will be on the right.
Free, hike, Outdoor, Wildlife