In North Idaho the vestiges of a timber industry are still visible most notably by the logging trucks on the roads and the occasional glimpse of a sawmill along a highway.
Visitors to North Idaho are less likely to understand the impact that great industry had on the area.
That’s because most of the reminders have been buried or hauled off, in some ways to the detriment of not only the economy, but to history.
The Coeur d' Alene Parkway is among the burial sites, but you wouldn’t know it by looking.
The paved parkway that lies along the north shore of Lake Coeur d' Alene offers visitors 5.7 miles of non-motorized recreation area. The parkway is part of the nationally famous North Idaho Centennial Trail, a multi-use recreational trail system that meanders for 24 miles from the Idaho-Washington state line.
It also covers former mill and rail sites where sawmills once churned, tugboats once blasted their horns as they hauled in rafts of logs through the fog, and raw logs were transported on steel tracks coming out of the mountains.
Coeur d'Alene Parkway State Park follows the scenic north shore of Lake Coeur D'Alene, as part of the Centennial Trail, which is in turn a part of the extensive Millennium Legacy trail system. Here, strollers, hikers and bicyclers meander through a 34-acre linear park with its breathtaking shore views. The parkway extends from downtown's Sherman Avenue east along the lake to Higgen's Point, one of the area's premiere hideaways. With more than 1,000-feet of public shoreline the parkway also provides an exercise course and several roadside picnic tables, restroom facilities and benches along the way for visitors to stop and enjoy the stunning lake view. At Higgen's Point park features include a boat-launch, picnic area overlooking the lake, and docks. Coeur d'Alene Parkway State Park is the ideal place to enjoy uninterrupted strolls with scenic views - in the late fall bald eagles gather here to feed on migrating salmon - and it's a great place to bring first-time visitors.