Welcome to Madison Byways

About Us

Our history

Welcome to Madison Byways

We are a group of Madison County residents dedicated to developing and maintaining a trail and pathway system to promote safe and healthy travel in and around Madison County. 

We welcome you to explore our website to find out more information about existing and proposed trail systems as well as recreational events. We look forward to seeing you out and about on the trails, whether walking to school, running with your dog, or exploring Madison County on bike or horse.  

To get involved with or donate to Madison Byways, please click here. 

Our mission

The mission of Madison Byways is to construct and maintain a network of paths for travel within Madison County.  


These byways will promote an environmentally clean method of travel between:

  • Homes
  • Businesses
  • Points of Interest
  • Scenic Wetlands
  • Wilderness Trail Heads

Paths are designed for walking, hiking, biking and horseback riding. 


Should you have any questions about designated use or should you wish to get involved, please contact us. We would love your input. 

Trail and Visitor Information

HART (Historic Adventure Recreational Trail) Miner Trail

Hart (Historic Adventure Recreational Trail) Miner TrailThe Miner Trail will be a trail connecting Nevada City toward Alder, MT.  This area is rich in history as Nevada City houses relics of cabins, blacksmith shops, mercantile stores, old barns and sheds, that Charles Bovey brought together to preserve the history of buildings from around rural Montana from it’s early years.   The majority of this trail corridor has been preserved by Hart Baitis who purchased the land that is mostly made up of tailings along the stream from mining operations when the gold bust hit Alder Gulch in 1863.  Hart is currently selling the parcels of land within this corridor but has placed a trail easement on 20 ft. of land along the Montana Department of Transportation right of way.  In one section because of the wetlands the trail will move internally into the property.  A committee has been formed to raise funds to do preliminary grading of the trail corridor.  

Mustang Trail

The Mustang Trail is a network of trails connecting the neighborhoods around Ennis to the school campus  and to Lions Club Park. The project  made it safer for kids to walk or bike to school, and to travel to Lions Club Park for after school sports. Since the school campus is located in the center of Ennis, the entire community benefits from the Mustang Trail. 

Madison Byways worked with the community and a consultant to design a system of safer routes for traveling. The first priority was to construct missing sidewalk along Main Street from Third Street to Lions Club Park.


Access

Access to this network is residential neighborhoods, the school campus, and Lions Club Park.


Funding

Madison Byways received $20,000 from Safe Routes to Schools to design a trail system that made it safer for kids to walk or bike to school. For more information on the grant, click here.  

A map of the trail can be viewed by clicking here.

Ennis Fishing Access Trail

The Ennis Fishing Access Trail is a 1.25 mile loop established in collaboration with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The trail loops through open grasslands and adjacent to the Madison River. It is ideal for bird and wildlife watching accessible on foot, by bicycles and dog friendly. 


Access
The Fishing Access is located just past the Madison River bridge on the south side about ¼ mile from Lion's Park. The trail head is located immediately at the fishing access.


Funding
The trail was constructed in collaboration with Fish, Wildlife and Parks, with assistance from numerous volunteers. If you would like to help maintain this beautiful trail, click here. 

A map can be downloaded by clicking this link. 

Doc Losee Trail

The Doc Losee Trail will provide safe pedestrian and bicycle transportation from downtown Ennis around the Highway 287 Y to the Upper Bench area businesses and hospital. 


Access
The trail runs adjacent to the Valley Bank and up the hill in front of the hospital.  The trail on the east side connects the east side businesses as far as the grocery store.


Funding
Madison Byways received grants for about $380,000 to fund this project. 

Past Community Events

Bicycle Rodeo
With the Lions Club Father's Day Fishing Derby
Sunday, June 19th 
Starts after fishing and lunch
Lions Club Park, Ennis Fourth of July 


Parade Float
Monday, July 4th
Main Street, Ennis

Mustang Stampede 5K Run/Walk
Saturday, September 10th
Kids run starts at 9:00 a.m.
5K run/walk starts at 9:30 a.m.
Starts and ends at Lions Club Park, Ennis

National Walk or Bike to School Day
Wednesday, October 5th
Please check back for details closer to the date! 

Mustang Stampede 5K Run/Walk 

September 11, 2010


12 Kids and 48 adults participated in the inaugural Mustang Stampede on September 11th. The morning began with a free, 1K kids run through Lion's Club Park. Then, individuals ranging in age from 5 to 67 competed in a 5K run that looped through downtown Ennis. The course, designed to bring awareness to the importance of providing safe routes to schools, started and ended at Lion's Club Park. The overall winner of the 5K run was Susan Kaluza with a time of 20:46. Prizes and donations were generously provided by local businesses and individual donors. 

The first annual Mustang Stampede was a wonderful family event on a beautiful fall day, featuring live music and lots of excitement. We're already looking forward to next year's Stampede! 


4th of July Parade

July 4, 2010

There were 6500 people that attended the 2010 Ennis 4th of July Parade. It was one of the biggest turn-outs in history. Madison Byways recruited children and parents to decorate bikes, ride in the parade, and carry signs promoting Safe Routes to School. 43 kids and 10 adults participated in the event! 


Father's Day Fishing Derby 

June 20, 2010

On Father’s Day last year, Madison Byways sponsored a bicycle safety and practice course, as part of the Lion’s Club Father’s Day Fishing Derby. Volunteers from Free Heel and Wheel in West Yellowstone, Montana came to educate children of all ages in bicycle safety and to run a practice course. There were raffles to win a new bicycle and various other prizes. Madison Byways also had a silent auction for donated bikes that were uniquely decorated. To top it all off, there was live local music. It was an exciting day for the whole family.

Partners

Madison Byways is pleased to work with a number of partners, including: 

  • Madison County
  • Ennis Schools
  • Town of Ennis
  • Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks
  • Montana Department of Transportation

Want to create a network of safe, beautiful trails here in Madison County?

There are many ways you can help! 


Donate
Madison Byways is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our work is funded almost entirely by grants and private donations. We welcome donations and pledges of any amount. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by the law. 


To say YES to creating a trail system, please send a check to: 

Madison Byways
PO Box 312

Ennis, MT 59729


Membership
Become a member of Madison Byways and stay up to date on the latest trail developments, fun events, and races. Madison Byways annual membership dues are $20 per person. Your dues are tax deductible. 

To become a member, Send us a quick note and we will be in contact!

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Madison Byways

PO Box 312, Ennis, MT 59729, US

(406) 682-3987