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About Thain Creek Campground

4700-foot elevation, in the Highwoods Mountains. 12 campsites. Fishing for brook and rainbow trout in Briggs Creek and Thain Creek. Hike up to Windy Mountain and back on a 6-mile loop trail for a great view of the surrounding plains and faraway mountains. Other hikes are along Briggs Creek or on the Highwood nature trail.

Bears may frequent the area; keep all food out of sight in approved containers and remove all food from area after eating. Mandatory food storage is required.

Operator
National Forest
Access
Drive In
Features
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Toilets
Location
Thain Creek Campground is located in Lewis and Clark National Forest in Montana
Latitude
47.4756 N
Longitude
-110.5853 W
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Directions
From Great Falls, go east on US 89 6 miles, east 13 miles on MT-228, 16 miles east on County Road 121, then 2 miles east on Forest Road 8840. The latter are dirt & gravel.
4 Reviews of Thain Creek Campground
Legit.

This place is pretty neat. 12 permanent campsites each with a fire ring and picnic table. Potable water and vault toilets are also available on site. We stayed for a weekend and had the place to ourselves. Easy access to plenty of hiking and decent fishing. Definitely worth checking out.

Beautiful quite hideaway

Spacious camping sites and beautiful scenic hiking trails.

Backcountry camping by car

Great almost-primitive site. Truly middle of nowhere, we only knew about it because a friend into fishing took us. The last 30 miles or so are dirt roads and I wouldn’t want to try it in most sedans (or an RV). Pros: rustic, cheap, good hiking and fishing nearby, wooded, pretty empty, middle of nowhere, wildlife, cowboy history feel, all tents, varied landscapes. Cons: no reservations, dirt access road can be rough.

First to Review
Thain Creek Campground, MT

When the directions include "drive down the dirt road for 20 miles," you know you are in for an amazing experience. Thain Creek Campground did not disappoint. The drive in and out is stunning hills, pastures, and meadows.

At the campground, there are about 15 sites. RVs and campers are welcome if they can survive the teeth jarring gravel road there. The campsite features vault toilets (very clean) and potable water, according to Ray, the camp host who drove through every evening to check on everyone. Each campsite has a huge picnic table and fire pit.

The trailhead for #431 is on the campgrounds and there are multiple routes you can take once you start. The path I followed for about 40 minutes opened into an incredible meadow with wildflowers.

There is a nearby creek. Birds chirp all day, woodpeckers peck all day, and at night, there were a couple of elk calls and at least two owls hooing back and forth. A wonderful getaway for your soul!