This extensive system is just moments from a number of hotels in Casper, so while you may not need to drive, you’ll find ample parking along the trails including Jonah Bank or the Tate Pumphouse. This area is a virtual paradise with tall, old growth trees, wildlife sanctuaries and breathtaking scenery. A literal thread between Casper’s urban and natural landscapes, these trails offer views of the mountain, river and metropolitan skyline from just about anywhere. Don’t forget to bring your fly rod and waders since you’ll have the opportunity to catch blue-ribbon trout in the heart of the city. And with dozens of benches and tables along the route, this is an ideal location for a picnic dinner to watch the sunset over the water or a leisurely stroll.
“A literal thread between Casper’s urban and natural landscapes.”
Platte River Trail West:
Six miles of paved, linear trail runs adjacent to the North Platte River west of downtown Casper, beginning at the Tate Pumphouse and ending in Paradise Valley. Along these trails are multiple boat launches, public restrooms, interpretive signage, wildlife viewing spots, campgrounds and public art. You’ll cross Three Crowns Golf Course (be on the lookout for the wooden foot bridge that connects to the Platte River Commons), the Wagon Wheel Roller Skating Rink, the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds and Fort Caspar. Pack your gear for fishing, paddling and floating along the journey, and bring your furry best friend who will love the off-leash dog area at Morad Park.
Platte River Trail Central:
The Platte River Trail Central begins at the North Casper Soccer Fields and travels four miles to the Tate Pumphouse. Along the way, you’ll see Lake McKenzie Dog Park, the North Platte Trails Scenic Overlook, Old Town Family Fun Center, the Bart Rae Learning Circle, the Platte River Whitewater Park and more. Whether you’re using this trail for transit, strolling, hiking, running, biking, skateboarding or rollerblading, you’ll get a scenic tour of Casper’s urban core and recreational facilities. In the warm summer months, you might see a food truck or two parked at the Tate Pumphouse, so bring your appetite.