Update: This park is being updated this year. It will be being rebuilt. A time frame has not been set yet, but you can see the new plans here.
Nicholls park is a beautiful park in Fruit Heights right off Highway 89. There is a pavilion, bathrooms, large grassy areas, and best of all there is an amazing playground. The Castle Heights Playground is similar to Discovery Park in Pleasant Grove (one of our all time favorite parks). It’s a fun castle themed playground made of Trex, so it should last for awhile.
The playground has lots of places to climb and hide. You can look out of the tower, or slide down one of the two slides. We had fun playing hide and seek. There is also a section that looks like a boat where our three year-old had fun pretending he was a pirate.
There is also a Tot Lot section at Castle Heights playground with smaller climbing areas, toddler swings, and even a train to steer. Our three year-old wasn’t very interested in this area (even though it’s for his age) because he was able to keep up just fine on the bigger part of the playground. It was very accessible for all ages.
Another part of Nicholls Park that we liked was the walking trail in the ravine behind the playground. If you walk from the park west toward the pavilion, you will see a slope down to a dirt walking path. There is a path that follows the little stream and a few bridges that allow you to cross back and forth across the stream. The sign labels the stream as Baer Creek and it looks like it is a work in progress. We are excited to see what becomes of this project. We didn’t walk the full loop and there was no distance listed, but we had fun walking the trail for a little bit and then heading back to the playground.
We loved visiting Nicholls Park partially because we visited a part of Utah that is often overlooked because it is not next to the 1-15. This is definitely a beautiful park to visit and spend some time playing as a family.
Directions: Nicholls Park is located at 1105 Nicholls Road in Fruit Heights. Take Highway 89 either north from Lagoon, or South from the 1-84 or Ogden. Turn west onto Nicholls Rd and the park is just a short distance down the road.
Family Tips for Nicholls Park:
- Wear good walking shoes if you are going to venture down to the trail.
- There is a pavilion and lots of grass, so a picnic lunch would work well at this park.