Why should I visit Florence, Montana?
- History: Originally named One Horse for the small creek that flows into town from the Bitterroot, the town changed its name to Florence, the daughter of A.B. Hammond in 1880. Mr. Hammond was instrumental in opening the Bitterroot Valley for lumbering, and brought the railroad to the Bitterroot to transport timber. He set up a sawmill in the center of one of the Bitterroot’s best logging areas, and this site became the town of Florence, incorporated in 1888.
- Threemile Wildlife Management Area: Located directly east of Florence towards the Sapphire Mountains, this wildlife area is great for hunting, mountain biking, and wildlife viewing. More info.
- Doug Vulcan Trail: Walk, bike, or run along this trail that runs from Florence to the Bitterroot River.
Where is Florence?
Florence, Montana is located on the northern end of the Bitterroot Valley along Highway 93. It's about 30 minutes south of Missoula and just 15 minutes south of Lolo.
What sort of Services and Amenities are available?
- Lodging: There are no places to stay right in Florence. Check Stevensville or Lolo for nearby lodging options.
- Dining: There are just a few places to eat in Florence. Long Riders BBQ and Caffe Firenze are two restaurants are worth noting.
- Groceries: Gary and Leo's is a large full-service grocery store located right along the main highway.
- Services: There is a bank and post office in town.