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The Jordan River from the trail Jordan River Parkway

The Jordan River Parkway is an easy-going paved bike and roller blade trail. This review is of the Utah County portion, 7.5 miles long, from Utah Lake to the Jordan Narrows. The trail is lightly traveled, hugging the edge of the Jordan River. This photo shows the river as it passes through the Thanksgiving Point golf course.

Picture: Looking north, April 18, 1999

There are no steep sections. The ride is easy for even the smallest children. This is a great place for tiny guys riding with training wheels and young moms pushing strollers with their roller blades. Birds sing, ducks swim, and cattle graze nearby.

This ride is great springtime fun for little bikers. Here Alex rides a section of trail near Lehi.

Picture: Alex rides the trail. May 3, 1999

Alex, age 8, rides the trail
Biker-chick and kids hang out at the park

Just north of the Lehi main street access, there's Willow Park for a shady biking lunch. The trail intersects roads at the Jordan River pumps at Utah Lake, on Lehi's main street, and at 1500 North.

Picture: Bruce's wife Diane, Jackie (Jack Russell terrier), and children Kristen, Alex, and Jessica take a break from biking at Willow Park. May 3, 1999.

Getting there: Intersect the trail along any of the three roads described above. A good ride for kids is to catch the trail at main street and ride north to the turnaround at the Jordan Narrows, for a round trip of 10 very easy miles.

Pumphouse/model airplane field at Utah Lake (southernmost entry): GPS N 40 21.723'  W 111 53.913'. (To get to the pump house, take Lehi Main Street west and turn left -- south -- just before you reach the river, following the flying field signs.)

Lehi Main Street (middle entry): drive west through Lehi on Main Street. About a mile after leaving town, you'll see the trail cross the road (about 100 yards east of the river), GPS N 40 23.225'  W 111 54.101'. Or drive into Willow Park and catch the trail there.

Northern access: take State Street north in Lehi to 1500 North. Turn west and drive about 1.5 miles. You'll see the parking area for the trail at the river bridge, GPS N 40 24.366'  W 111 53.887'.

Jordan River Parkway Map

Paddling on the Jordan River The Jordan River in Utah County is a large (by Utah standards), warm, slow-moving river that's fun to float. Catch the river near flying field, and paddle 5 miles to the 1500 North bridge, where there's easy access to get your boat out.

Here Jessie, Alex, and Kristen paddle a 17-foot kayak down the Jordan, while their dad gets a suntan in the back. Photo June 1, 1999.

One-page trail guide
GPS track files (right-click and "Save as..."):
   Garmin      GPX  
High-res topo for printing:  View
Lodging, camping, shops:
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