In the 1980’s, Salt Lake County began the planning and acquisition of land around the Jordan River with the vision of developing a trail system from the mouth of the Jordan River at Utah Lake through Salt Lake County to the Great Salt Lake. Today, the trail even connects with the Legacy trail and parkway in Davis County. In addition to trail systems, the Jordan River Parkway has done much to improve the quality of Jordan River area. The parkway trails wind through wetlands and upland property preserving large tracts of land which provide habitat for foxes, deer, beaver and a vast number variety of bird life.Manicured parks, pavilions, park benches and picnic sites line the river corridor all of which are accessed via trailheads for visitors to frequent a shady and scenic spots along the trail.
At present many miles of paved trails-for cycling, jogging, and blading-have been completed. From the Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake, if one knows how to get there. There are only a few gaps in the overall Lake-to-lake trail system are left to be completedand in 2011, Salt Lake County voters passed a bond to raise funds to complete those missing links. During the Summer of 2005, Spring View Farms added the critical 4.5 miles of paved trails between Bangerter Highway and 14600 South along with community parks, a major trailhead at 14600 South and other amenities such as ponds, streams, and picnic areas which has helped make the Lake-to-lake dream become a reality!
For Trail Maps or information on the Jordan River Parkway Project see www.recreation.slco.org or contact the Jordan River Commission at www.jordanrivercommission.com.