• Smith Cabin Hot Springs consist of 3 pools on both sides of the river
Nestled on the both banks of Middle Fork Boise River, Smith Cabin Hot Springs is a primitive soaking destination surrounded by peaceful nature. It consists of 3 different pools located on both sides of the river.
The first pool sits a short walk away from the road, the second one is across the river a bit upstream and the third one is approximately 100 yards upstream from the second one and 20 yards away from the river. To get to the second and third pools you will either have to ford the river (be careful if the river level is high) or park on the other side of the river and walk for about a mile.
Geothermal mineral water flows out of the source at about 143°F and can be quickly cooled with river water. Primitive pools are constructed with rocks by volunteers. Two out of the three pools sit right next to the river and winter water runoff destroys them.
There are no and amenities at this spot. Clothing is recommended because pools are sitting right next to the road.
Smith Cabin Hot Springs | Facts
Location: 34 miles southwest of Atlanta • Idaho • USA
Accommodations: Troutdale Campground
Hiking distance: Short
Road Access: Any vehicle
Day-use fees: None
Elevation: 3,550 ft (1,082 m)
Directions to Smith Cabin Hot Springs
From From Boise,
- Travel east on Highway 21 to Mores Creek Bridge
- Cross the bridge and turn right onto Spring Shores Road/Middle Fork Boise River Road toward Atlanta
- Continue approximately 33 miles on Middle Fork Boise River Road to the destination on the left.
This spot is 3.1 miles away from Sheep Creek Bridge. There are no signs, but you will see a pullout of the left (river side).