Valley County is located approximately 80 miles north of Boise. The county ranks 30th amongst the state?s 44 counties in population, but is the 5th largest in total area. This vastness translates into an open space retreat for recreation enthusiasts who cherish the great outdoors. The Payette River Scenic Byway, recently declared a National Scenic Byway, extends along Idaho 55 from the junction of Idaho 44 west of Boise, north to McCall. Driving time is about 2 ½ hours along a narrow, two-lane road winding through beautiful Payetter River canyons and gem-like valleys. They Byway is fully paved, open year-round, and provides access to guided rafting and kayaking, camping areas, snowmobile and mountain biking trailheads, the Boise and Payette National Forests and much, much more.
The four most popular Valley County cities to reside in are Cascade, McCall, Donelly and High Valley. Cascade is nestled in the majestic mountains of central Idaho approximately 75 miles north of Boise. Cascade rests at an elevation of 4800 feet and is defined by Lake Cascade, one of the top fishing destinations in all of Idaho. In addition to fishing, other world-class outdoor activities include hunting, camping, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and river rafting. For photographers, some of the most breathtaking landscapes can be found here as one overlooks the Great Valley, the primary reason for Valley County?s name. Cascade has a small airport for regional flights and is home to approximately 2,000 residents. The Cascade School District has a small, rural feel to it that serves about 350 students. The city has a very active Senior Citizen Center, a new medical center and serves as the county seat for Valley County.
A short drive from Cascade is the beautiful town of McCall where the motto is ?An Experience to Remember.? For many locals, it was the experience from their first visit to McCall that they could never let go of, which is why they now choose to call this cozy town their home. Filled with a variety of housing styles in neighborly communities spread across rugged terrain and set amidst towering pines, McCall truly is the pulse of Valley County as it plays host to most of the county?s special events. The town?s downtown village-like setting is welcoming to visitors as the streets are lined with antique stores, specialty shops and boutiques.
For those seeking quieter surroundings, the town of Donnelly is nestled along the northern edge of the 21-mile long Lake Cascade in Long Valley between the East and West Mountains. Some of the best deer and elk hunting can be found in this area, which stands at approximately 5,000 feet of elevation. Fishing features Rainbow Trout, Coho Salmon and Perch. In the summer, locals use the lake for sailing, kayaking and water skiing. In the winter, downhill skiing is the sport of choice while thrill seekers ice skate on the frozen lake or travel by snowmobile through the tree-filled hillsides. From Donnelly, homes feature amazing views of the surrounding landscape, including views of McCall below on a clear day.
Overall, Valley County is home to approximately 7,900 residents. This community boasts a rich history and locals have strived to maintain a down home feel all the while providing themselves with the modern facilities indicative of a thriving economy. Nearby colleges and universities include College of Southern Idaho, Eastern Idaho Technical College, Lewis-Clark State College, North Idaho College, Boise State University, Idaho State University and the University of Idaho. Valley County?s central location makes each of these institutions accessible by car and usually within one or two hours. While Valley County tends to preserve its natural setting and focuses its attention on the needs of outdoor enthusiasts, these universities and the communities they are located in tend to be more urban and offer Valley County residents an easy escape by car to enjoy major sporting events, concerts and shows from world-recognized theater companies, comedians and stars.
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