river road

A scenic drive

All who visit North Fork, Idaho should do themselves a favor and take a long and winding drive down River Road. The road follows the Salmon River as it begins its descent through the heart of Idaho and the vast Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. It's 46 miles of pure bliss before you reach the end of the road at Corn Creek Boat Ramp, but you can turn around at any point if you're short on time.

Things to see and do

You'll probably spot bald and golden eagles, ospreys, elk, and bighorn sheep as you make your way down River Road. Huge ponderosa pines line the rugged mountains that drop straight into the river in some parts. The Moose Fire of 2022 burned a few small sections of trees down to the river, but you'll see foliage springing back to life in those areas as well.

The road is paved for 18 miles until you reach the old ghost town Shoup. At this point, the road turns to gravel, but it's still a very easy drive. If you time your drive right, you'll be able to grab a burger and fries at Ram's Head Cafe at mile 31. Keep going and you'll reach the glorious confluence of the Salmon and the Middle Fork at mile 38.

One of many things to do at River's Fork Lodge

We're certain you'll enjoy exploring River Road during your stay with us, and we can't wait to share more fun activities that the area has to offer. Reserve your room today!