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Santa Clara River Walkway - Pine Valley

Santa Clara River Walkway - Pine Valley

Difficulty Level: Easy

Distance: 4.2 miles round trip

TRAIL SUMMARY

Located within the Pine Valley Recreation Area, the Santa Clara River Walkway winds through the forest as it follows the Santa Clara river.  The official trailhead is found about a mile from the entrance station and has a sign that is visible from the road.  Parking, restrooms, and other amenities are found at the trailhead.  The Santa Clara River Walkway is a paved trail and is well marked.  After crossing a bridge about 250 feet from the trailhead, the path splits with the option to go right or to go left.  Both directions are a part of the trail and are included in the round trip distance of 4.2 mile.  The option to go right is about 2.5 miles (round trip) and leads towards the Pine Valley Reservoir.  After passing the reservoir, the path continues to follow the river until connecting with the main road near the entrance station.  Though the trail is marked with signs, a junction involving a path for the Amphitheater and a path for the Yellow Pine Loop can be confusing.  Keep right or continue along the path that follows the river and is parallel to the main road.  The option to go left is about 1.6 miles (round trip) and connects to the trailhead for the Pine Valley Canal Trail.  This option features a an open field that holds a great view of the mountains.  Both the Mitt Moody Campground and the Ebenezer Bryce Campground are a part of this left option.  Ultimately, the walkway moves through the pine tree forest while occasionally crossing a bridge over the Santa Clara river.  Deer, chipmunks, squirrels, fish, and a variety of birds are often spotted along the trail.

Overall, the Santa Clara River Walkway is a great trail for families and all types of hikers.  Because it is completely paved and almost entirely flat, the trail is friendly for strollers and wheelchairs.  A few interactive signs are found throughout the path which provide information on the area and invite hikers to spot attributes in nature.  Children often enjoy crossing the bridges, smelling the pine trees to see if they smell of vanilla, chocolate or strawberry, and learning about the wildlife that are home to this area.  The walkway is also great for birdwatching, and birdhouses are often found on trees just off the trail.  Following trail guidelines, the walkway is dog friendly and a great place to walk a dog.  Since the Pine Valley Recreation Area is also a great place for camping, the walkway passes areas with campers, RVs, and tents.  Visitors are asked to stay on the paved trail as well as respect others enjoying the area.

TRAIL DETAILS

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Easy

ROUND TRIP LENGTH

4.2 miles round trip

AVERAGE HIKE TIME

GPS COORDINATES

Trailhead: 37°22’37.9″N 113°28’01.5″W

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Dixie National Forest

DISTANCE FROM ST GEORGE

37.7 miles (50 mins driving)

RESTROOM FACILITIES

Vault Toilets at Trailhead

HIKERS ALLOWED

Yes

DOGS ALLOWED

Yes

BIKERS ALLOWED

No

EQUESTRIAN ALLOWED

No

HIKE TYPE

Out & Back

BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO HIKE

Great Year Round

BEST TIME OF THE DAY TO HIKE

Any Time

GROUP LIMIT

No Limit

PERMIT INFORMATION

No Permit Required

COST

$6.00 day fee to enter Pine Valley Recreation Area.

WATER SOURCES AVAILABLE

Water Available at Trailhead, Stream/River Along Trail (Purify & Filter Before Drinking)

CAMP SITES

Camping Available only in Designated Camping Area

TRAIL CONDITIONS

Asphalt, Concrete

SUN EXPOSURE

Partial Sun Exposure

TRAIL MAP

Download Map

LOCAL SERVICES

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD

Directions to trailhead: Follow S 700 E and turn right onto Bluff St towards Pine Valley.

FLORA AND FAUNA

Plants: Typical plant life for Southern Utah lowland hiking.
Animals: Typical animal life for Southern Utah lowland hiking.

TRAIL REPORT

Coming Soon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Spencer McMullin

Spencer McMullin is originally from Connecticut but has deep ties to the Southern Utah area.  His passion for adventure and photography has lead him to HikeStGeorge.

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