Bigfork…an uncommon place
Bigfork Village is nestled between two rivers at the north end of Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. Endless recreational opportunities are waiting on 191 square miles of sparkling waters and hundreds of hiking trails with abundant wildlife along tree-lined shores. At 2900 feet above sea level, the East Shore’s mild climate is ideal for growing the famous Flathead sweet cherries savored all over the world. Because of the relatively mild climate, locals often refer to the Bigfork area as the “Banana Belt.”
Bigfork’s story began over 100 years ago as a logging and farming community. The thick timber provided surrounding sawmills with lumber that produced over 600,000 railroad ties per year. From the hardworking and entrepreneurial spirit of common folks, Bigfork still remains the unique village that it was born to be.
A stroll though Bigfork reveals a vibrant arts culture. Along Electric Avenue, so named as the first street to receive electricity from the powerhouse that still operates, world class art galleries, artists-in-residence, and live theatre await. The famous Bigfork Playhouse celebrates 50 years of live and professional theater, heralding audiences from around the globe. An evening at the theatre, preceded by a gourmet meal from one of Bigfork’s fine restaurants, is a memorable treat.
With a population of fewer than 2000 full time residents, Bigfork was voted “One of the 100 Best Small Art Towns of the Nation,” and “One of the 50 Great Towns of the West.” Offering a winning combination of rustically chic sophistication, a visit to Bigfork, with its stunning beauty along Flathead’s east and north shores, will be one that is not soon forgotten.
Just outside of Bigfork is the community of Harbor Village, home of Eagle Bend championship golf course and Eagle Bend Yacht Harbor. To the East rise the mighty Swan Mountains with hiking trails, Jewel Basin, and glacier fed lakes. Indeed, much of the ruggedness that defines Montana can be found along the Swan River and the diverse ecology of wild fowl and game. The angler, hunter, hiker or nature lover will discover nature’s bounty in the Swan Valley.
Let us bring you home to Montana…Visit Trails West Real Estate at two locations in Bigfork, our historic log cabin on Electric Avenue and at Harbor Village, 301 Eagle Bend Drive.
To learn more about Bigfork and the Bigfork Summer Playhouse, follow the links…
Bigfork Chamber of Commerce http://www.bigfork.org/
Bigfork Summer Playhouse http://www.bigforksummerplayhouse.com/
Bigfork Village Connection www.bigforkevents.com