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
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
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.
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
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'.
||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.
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.