Lower Payette River Heritage Byway

Winding through the charming towns of Payette, Emmett and Horseshoe Bend, the Lower Payette River Heritage Byway is 52 miles of rural views on Highway 52. While you’re exploring, take some time to soak up the hometown hospitality this area has to offer. As you meander along the Lower Payette River, stop off for local cuisine, ziplining, historical museums, picturesque parks and more.


52.7 miles
84.8 km

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1 hour, 30 minutes

When to Visit


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Road Trip Tips

Turn-by-Turn Directions: Begins on the banks of the Snake River and goes east on Highway 52 along the Payette River, passing through the communities of Payette, Emmett and Horseshoe Bend.

Full services in: Payette and Emmett

Partial Services in: Horseshoe Bend, restaurants in Sweet

Full services: When gas, food and lodging are available
Partial services: When gas and a few other facilities are available
Motorcycle Route: Yes

Nearby Adventures

From thrilling zipline tours to wildlife adventures, the Lower Payette River Heritage Byway offers plenty to explore on your southwest Idaho road trip.

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