Cress Creek Nature Trail
Along the scenic South Fork of the Snake River, the 1¼-mile Cress Creek Nature Trail interprets life in the area as it is now and as it was long ago. The trail climbs through sagebrush-grass communities, over juniper-covered slopes, and along a lush perennial creek. The watercress plant, a favorite food of moose, gives the creek its name.
If you hike quietly you may see deer, rabbits, small lizards, or possibly an eagle or a moose. When skies are clear, prepare for an expansive view of the Snake River, volcanoes and surrounding farmland.
The Cress Creek web tour
previews or re-creates
The nature trail is self-guided, with interpretive signs along the way. The first ½-mile is wheelchair-accessible.
Location & driving directions
About 20 miles northeast of Idaho Falls, Idaho
From Idaho Falls, take the North Yellowstone Highway north through town. Follow Highway 26 northeast towards Ririe and Jackson. About 3 miles past the Ririe turnoff, follow the signs to Heise. Bear right after crossing a large irrigation canal. Cross the Snake River and turn left immediately onto the gravel road headed towards Rexburg. 1¼ miles on the right side of the road is the trailhead parking area.
A conservation easement from the Bybee Family, funded by the Land & Water Conservation Fund and facilitated by The Nature Conservancy as part of the Snake River Land Conservation Partnership, allowed the BLM to add a segment to this trail.
Guided walks are available for school and civic groups. Please call (208) 523-1012 for more information and availability.