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Snake River Canyon Scenic Byway
"The Snake River Canyon City Byway is an agricultural byway. Its purpose is to highlight the economic impact of agriculture in western Canyon County. The byway passes through several different types of agriculture, and we hope that the individuals that travel on the byway will realize the economic impact of the agricultural community and the fact that we need to preserve it."
Walter's Ferry is the first stop on the Snake River Canyon Scenic Byway. It operated until a bridge was finally constructed in 1921. Today visitors to the site can wander through an eclectic assortment of memorabilia and artifacts collected by the former landowners, and step into the past of a typical day at the ferry.
From this crossing the byway winds for over 50 miles, first along the Snake River and then through the agricultural lands of Canyon County. It passes through the communities of Melba, Homedale, Marsing, Wilder and Parma. Historical and cultural sites along the route include Map Rock, which is one of many impressive ten-thousand-year-old petroglyphs scattered throughout the region along the river.
North of the Snake River travelers begin to venture into the rich agricultural lands of the area. Chicken Dinner Road takes you past acres and acres of vineyards. There's plenty of wine tasting available here. And though agriculture is the main attraction of the byway, visitors also skirt the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge near Lake Lowell. It provides an important breeding area and winter refuge for birds and animals.
In Parma there are a number of historic brick and stone buildings, and you can also see a replica of old Fort Boise. You can even visit the original fort site and river crossing several miles away on the Snake River.