National Park Hiking and Picnic Spots

string lake grand teton national park

String Lake in Grand Teton National Park. This is a great picnic area, and swimming spot. photo: alh1’s

 

Enjoy the beauty of Grand Teton and Yellowstone parks

Grand Teton and Yellowstone National parks are home to some great hiking trails and picnicking areas. It seems that for most people who are in grand Teton National park are just passing through; Generally trying to get to Jackson, or are coming from Jackson heading to Yellowstone.  It has a lot of stops along the way for you to enjoy. If you have a canoe or kayak, I would strongly recommend taking it out on Jenny or String lake. The fishing is tremendous for large cutthroats, and the solitude is really nice once you get to the far bank. Personally I think its nice just to relax on the shoreline.

Use the interactive map below to find the perfect hiking or picnicking spot

 

 
Lewis Falls
Worth a short stop. Its right off the road, pay close attention to the rocks on the edge of the parking area, If you are into geology, I remember them being pretty awesome.
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Le Hardy Rapids
This is a favorite short stop of mine. In the early summer and spring fish will stack up here in the rapids. You can see thousands of native cutthroat trying to get upstream to spawn. June and July are the perfect time to witness this. Its a beautiful spot even without all the trout. photo: jemartin03
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Mount Washburn
Views from the summit include much of the northern section of Yellowstone National Park and on clear days, the Teton Range is also visible. The mountain trails are some of the most frequented in the park, so summer hikes can be crowded. With an altitude gain of 1,393 feet (424 m) in 3 miles (4.8 km), the hike from Dunraven Pass to the summit is moderate. Another trail which climbs 1,491 feet (454 m) in only 2.25 miles (3.6 km) starts from the Chittenden parking area.[7]
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Leigh Lake Trailhead
A nice hiking spot located at the string lake parking area. This is an easy hike With great views of mount Moran.
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String Lake
A great Place for a summer time swim on a hot day. Its a little more low key than Jenny lake. This is located between Jenny lake and Leigh lakes. Also a great picnic place!
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Jackson Ranger Station
Get information here to help on your adventure.
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Lizard creek Campground
A small Campground on the shores of Jackson Lake
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Colter Bay village
A stopping place for food and beverages. Also has some tremendous views of Jackson Lake
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Madison Junction Campground
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National Elk Refuge
This can be a real sight at certain times of year when the elk are there. A great place every time of year though.
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Jackson National Fish hatchery
A great stop for the kids. Its fun to look at all of the trout.
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A nice place to stop for a picnic. This road leads to a few pullouts on yellowstone lake. You can get some privacy back here and relax
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West thumb Geyser Basin
A nice little stop on your way through Yellowstone. I stop here every time I ride through.
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Jenny Lake
A popular little lake with some stunning views. A lot of hiking trails all over the place here.
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