There are some places in Montana that are still wild, free and undisturbed. And for this messy-haired Montana girl that grew up in the shadow of the Rocky Mountain Front, it’s probably no surprise that my soul connects with places that are wild and free. Earlier this month, I was able to connect with one such place: Western Montana’s Lincoln County.
Fall colors in the Cabinet Mountains near Libby.
Located in the far northwest corner of the state, Lincoln County is home to expansive wilderness, old growth forests, small towns and a cast of lovable characters (AKA my favorite kind of people) that make up small town Montana.
While there, we explored various off-the-beaten path attractions and visited some of my favorite places near Libby.
Upper Yaak Falls between Troy and Yaak.
The only female-owned brewery in Montana: Cabinet Mountain Brewing Company in Libby.
For adrenaline-pumping fun, we took a stroll out onto the swinging bridge over Kootenai Falls.
A peek at Libby Dam.
After exploring Libby, Troy and Yaak, we made our way to one of the cutest (literally, it is so cute) towns in northwest Montana: Eureka.
The morning view from my room at the Wilderness Club.
The first stop in Eureka: Cafe Jax.
Fresh snow perfectly dusted the tops of the Tobacco Mountains.
The colors were just starting to turn around Graves Creek.
We also made a jaunt to Lake Koocanusa, a lake that Montana shares with Canada.
Our dinner destination in Rexford. PS: If you go here, order the fried chicken. It’s THAT good.
One of my favorite things about The Frontier Bar: this picture from a ranch in my hometown of Augusta.
The road home, Highway 2, was framed by fall colors and sunshine.
It was a lovely few days in one of Montana’s most stunning places. And I already can’t wait to go back.
Your turn: Where are some of the places that you feel most connected to?