Recreation Corridors

These 9 corridors are on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests; for more in-depth information about each corridor, visit our Travel Planner page.

Hells Canyon - On the west central side of Idaho, Hells Canyon has few points of entry, so traveling in this corridor takes time and effort. Once there, visitors are rewarded with indescribably beautiful scenery and exciting whitewater on the wild and scenic Snake River.

Highway 14 - State Highway 14 follows the South Fork of the Clearwater River and is the primary travel route through the corridor. This picturesque route winds through the forested canyon with sections of rugged granite outcroppings.

Magruder Road - The historic, 101-mile, single-lane, mostly-unimproved Magruder Corridor Road winds through a vast undeveloped area that enables a traveler to drive between the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness to the north and the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness to the south.

Salmon River/Highway 95 - The western boundary is formed by the Snake River, popularly known as "Hells Canyon" - the deepest gorge in North America. The Salmon River - often referred to as "The River of No Return" - forms the southern border.

Selway River - This corridor begins in Lowell where the Selway and Lochsa rivers join. Idaho County Road and Forest Road 223 follow the wild and scenic Selway River through rugged country known for its extraordinary scenery, exceptional water quality and excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.

Palouse - The corridor is made up of two main travel routes:  State Highway 6 from Potlatch east and north to the St. Joe Divide, and State Highway 8 from Dreary to Elk River.  While forested, the area borders the rolling hills of the rich farmland known as the Palouse prairie.  In the Palouse corridor itself are stands of old-growth cedar, grand fir and western white pine.

North Fork Clearwater - Two main routes into the corridor make it possible to tour the area in a loop, with little backtracking.  Road 247 from the small community of Headquarters is a paved, mostly winding road.  Road 250 is paved for several miles from its junction with State Highway 11 just south of the town of Pierce.

Lolo Trail - A narrow, primitive road winding through the forest reaching ridgetops, the corridor affords visitors panaoramic views of the Bitterroot Range to the east, the Crags in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness to the south, a sea of timbered slopes beyond which lies the Camas Prairie and the Seven Devils Mountains to the west and the St. Joe Divide to the north.

Highway 12 - The corridor winds along two wild and scenic rivers, the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River and the Lochsa River.  Scenery is beautiful through the corridor, ranging from dense forests to shrubfields created by wildfires in the early 1900s.  Canyon walls are steep, and rock outcroppings are impressive.





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