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.
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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
From thrilling zipline tours to wildlife adventures, the Lower Payette River Heritage Byway offers plenty to explore on your southwest Idaho road trip.
- Snake River
- Lower Payette River
- Zip Idaho
- Gem County Historical Society and Museum
- Payette County Museum
- Montour Wildlife Management Area
- Centennial Park
- Freezeout Hill
- Black Canyon Reservoir and Dam
- Squaw Butte
- Emmett City Park
- Fruit picking at local orchards
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