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AF Canyon Nature Trail (Swinging Bridge)

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Today we took a beautiful walk in American Fork Canyon. At just a quarter mile (1 way) it is an easy and enjoyable walk. You can start at the Swinging Bridge Picnic area or the parking lot just before the Timpanogos Cave turnout. We began at the picnic area which meant we started at number 12 and worked our way backward.
There is a trail guide, so pick one up and read about the canyon at each number. The trail is paved, and we pushed our stroller the entire way. There is a short side trail that was a little rough to get the stroller through, but we made it. We saw squirrels and a big spider–not too much wildlife, but we enjoyed walking near the river for most of the hike. Our boys liked the bridges at either end. We also talked about the different types of trees on the trail (Don’t know a lot about trees? Don’t worry! The trail guide gives you lots of hints).

One nice thing about this hike is it’s free. American Fork Canyon charges daily use fees, but certain areas no longer require payment. This is one of them because it is part of the Timpanogos Cave National Monument. Just let them know at the fee station where you are headed.

The picnic area was nice and shady, so take a snack or lunch to enjoy at the beginning, middle, or end of your hike depending on where you start. There are also bathrooms available. This hike is a great, easy way to get your family out into nature.

Checking out pinecones

Checking out pinecones

Trail markers--stop and read the small paragraph in the trail guide.

Trail markers–stop and read the small paragraph in the trail guide.

The swinging bridge doesn't swing.

The swinging bridge doesn’t swing.

"You call this a trail, Dad?"

“You call this a trail, Dad?”

We loved the trail right by the beautiful mountains.

We loved the trail right by the beautiful mountains.

The shady picnic area is nice.

The shady picnic area is nice.

The river is beautiful.

The river is beautiful.

 

We hiked this trail in the winter, too! If you are interested in trying winter hiking, this is a great starter hike. Read more here.  Or if you are looking for more stroller friendly hikes, we have a big list!

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