Emmett, once know as Martinsville, then Emmettville, is the county seat of Gem County. It boasts a population of just over 7000. The town was settled no later than 1863 and was the junction of two routes leading to the Boise Basin Gold fields. When its mining industry was in its heyday, it was known as the "Garden." Afterwards, it became know at the "Gem of Plenty" due to the fertility of the valley.
If you enjoy picking your own fruits and vegetables, this area is for you. There are over 15 "pick your own" farms in the Emmett area. You can select from blueberries and cherries to apricots and varieties of apples.
One of the things to check out is Black Canyon Park. There are picnic tables and grills, boat docks and areas for volleyball and the like. This park has a fee but as of this publication date, the other parks do not. It's also a pretty drive on Route 52 along the Black Canyon Reservoir.
Montour Campground has both camp sites and RV camping available. It also has the ability to back in your RV.
Homes seem to be less expensive in Emmett and the surrounding area. Given, it's more rural, that makes sense. This area might be a good choice for those seeking more land and not needing to be in a larger community.
There are many hiking trails near the town of Emmett. During certain seasons this is a habitat for wildlife so expect some deer and elk sighting. Please be careful if you bring your dog(s) with you.
Horseback riding is permitted on the many trails in the area; please remember these trails are also used by people driving ATVs so you need to be sure you can handle your horse(s) when that occurs.
You'll also find several campgrounds within the Emmett Ranger District. Most are seasonal and many allow you to reserve your spot in advance. Each offer a variety of activities like fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, and similar.
The annual Cherry Festival held in the spring is one the most popular events in the Treasure Valley. This year will mark the 86th year for this event. Expect some changes due to Covid-19.
Another popular Emmett event is their annual Harvest Festival and Street Fair which is held every September. From food booths to craft vendors to kid's game and live music, this is an event to to miss. Again, expect possible changes and/or cancellation due to the virus.