Vigilante Campground is located approximately 24 miles northeast of Helena in the Big Belt Mountains. To access the campground travel northeast of Helena on Highway #280, across the Missouri River to the small community of York. At York continue driving straight on Road #4 to the campground.
This 7 acre campground provides access to the Hanging Valley National Recreation Trail and the scenic Trout Creek Canyon Trail.
A nice little campground. Two nice hiking trails, the fairly flat Trout Creek trail runs through the canyon a 6 miles round trip. A trail head in camp for Hanging Valley trail, 11+ mile round trip, lots of climbing to get to a hole in the wall that lets you look straight down into the canyon. Campground is very busy during the weekend, plenty of shade with lots of fir trees in the campground. A black bear is in the area this year.
A cool camping spot, but often crowded. Come early to get your spot.
Free, drive-up, no permit needed. Primitive sites, very simple but clean and kept up well. Wooded by a creek. Pretty sure a bear came through camp one night so make sure to follow all the bear guidelines. Cute small town of York is nearby, got to see a cattle drive which was pretty neat.
Road to this is pretty rough in spots. No accessible water, bathrooms, firewood must be found or brought in. Campground can get a bit crowded in the area with few spots, stake your campsite early, very small creek, but good hiking and wildlife to be seen on the cliffs.