Why should I drive the North Fork Highway?
Providing the easiest access to the park from Cody, Wyoming, the North Fork Highway is also a spectacular drive. Here are a few things to do and see along the way.
- Fishing: The North Fork Highway offers easy access to the North Fork of the Shoshone River via many turnouts. There is great fishing along this stretch and once closer to Cody, the Buffalo Bill Reservoir is ideal for boating and spin rods.
- Guest Ranches: This area is a hot spot for guest and dude ranches. Many of these offer a combination of lodging, dining, and activities like horseback riding. Stay close to park in one of these lodges or ranches.
- Camping: Along with guest ranches, there are a number of campgrounds that line the North Fork Highway and the river. Most of these National Forest Service campgrounds are first come first serve.
- Hiking: Once you exit the East Entrance, trails seem to lead up pretty much every side creek that enters the North Fork.
- Buffalo Bill State Park: Closer to Cody, stop by the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Reservoir, and State Park.
Where does the North Fork Highway begin and end?
The North Fork Highway links Yellowstone’s East Entrance to Cody, Wyoming, Following the North Fork of the Shoshone River most of the way.
How long does it take to drive?
This 53 mile stretch (between the East Entrance and Cody, Wyoming) takes about an hour to drive.