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Change of View: 11 walking trails that take you out of your neighborhood

Staying home can get old, fast. Break up the time with some outdoor activity! These walking trails will get you out of the familiar, but not too far.

By Lauren Tippetts

A walk around the neighborhood is a welcome break from time spent indoors. But sometimes it can be nice to change your view a little bit and get outside of your normal. Take a little field trip (maintaining current guidelines, of course) to a different part of the county. These eleven walking trails will hopefully get you some fresh air, and, some fresh perspective.

Washington County

Red Reef Trail, Easy

We love the unique landscape of southern Utah, and this excursion is wall-to-wall red rock! This 2.2 mile, out and back trail is kid and dog (on a leash) friendly. There is a fun little stream, and waterfall further up, so pack your water shoes! If you really want to go all in, (and you go before June/July) you can even wade at the top of the trail.

Turtle Wall Trail, Easy

We love a good loop trail, especially if it has some good views! This walk is 3.8 miles, and is kid and dog (on a leash) friendly. You can take your mountain bikes if that is more your jam.

Utah County

Battle Creek, Moderate

This walk is more of a hike. If you’re feeling a little more committed, this is a great one to try out. It is 4.1 miles and kid and dog friendly. You definitely won’t want to miss the waterfall if you take this one on.

Art Dye Park Trail, Easy

The path at Art Dye Park is a nice little walk for if you’re just looking to get out of the house. It’s paved, so take the kids with their scooters and bikes and enjoy the fresh, spring air.

Heritage Park, Easy

Heritage Park, in Cedar Hills, has a walking path that snakes through it. It is also paved, and goes through the park, back behind a neighborhood, and puts you out across the street from Deerfield Elementary School. The path is mostly covered by trees, making a pretty springtime walk.

Indian Springs, Moderate

If you’re looking for something to fill a day, this hike might do it for you. The views are beautiful, and since there isn’t much shade now is the perfect time to do it. It is 6.2 miles, and dog friendly.

Salt Lake/Davis County

Farmington Bay Bird Refuge, Easy

Drive out, take your binoculars, and go birding! This can be a great learning opportunity for kids, as well as a chance for fresh air. Head over between 8-5 any day of the week.

Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Easy

This trail spans a total of 9.1 miles, and is near Salt Lake. Find the trail head nearest you and go out for a Sunday walk. It’s perfect for kids, and dogs are welcome too.

Legacy Parkway Trail, Easy

The Legacy Parkway trail is 12.8 miles long, and follows Legacy Highway. Kid and dog (on a leash) friendly, this paved path is great for bike riding, and even birding.

Cache County

Logan River Trail, Easy

This partially paved walk goes along the Logan River. The scenic walkway is mostly flat, and is a great choice for the whole family (leashed dogs included).

Denzil Stewart Nature Park Trail, Easy

This trail is a great way to get out and explore nature. There are informative signs along the path pointing out plants your kids can learn about. When you’re done walking, sit on a bench and enjoy the scenery.

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