The most sought-after attractions in Park City come in the form of outdoor activities. No matter the season, there are limitless recreational sports and ways to enjoy nature in one of the most beautiful cities in the country. So, if you're looking to get moving with a leisurely hike, try the McPolin Farm Nature Trail!
This Park City hike offers the perfect way to start your day and get some fresh air. Because it is considered a generally easy hike, this is a great option for kids and first-time hikers. Also, the hike is pretty flat so it makes it stroller-friendly!
Starting Point: Directly across from the McPolin Barn
Length: 1.5 Miles
Duration: About 30-40 minutes walking
Once you arrive at the barn, there is plenty of parking available in the lot (there is no fee for parking or access to the hike or barn). From the parking lot head west towards the tunnel under HWY 224. Follow the paved trail to the McPolin Barn. Then, after crossing the bridge, stay to the right and continue slightly uphill to an intersection where you will take a right on the paved Farm Trail. The beginning of the McPolin Farm Nature Trail will be at the .15 mile mark on the left side.
The trail is clearly marked with signs, so it should be easy to navigate. Though it's pretty hot if you're hiking in the summer, you'll be relieved to know that most of the hike offers shade from the trees. Plus, there are benches sprinkled throughout the route. There's a lovely creek within the trail called the McLeod Creek which is a part of the Weber River Water Shed.
Tip: This hike is also dog-friendly. However, dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
The McPolin Barn
In driving through the city, you may have noticed this large, white barn on the side of the highway. The structure you pass is actually the McPolin Barn which is a famous, historic landmark in the city. Built by the McPolin family in 1922, it was constructed out of recycled timber from the Old Tailings Mill. The original barn has been through a lot including relocation, burning down, expansion, and conversions into offices or milking parlors.
Since the City purchased the barn from the family in 1990 and decided to preserve the barn as a landmark, they've made many changes to the structure. Firstly, they added windows to the building to allow for public viewing inside the barn. Secondly, the barn has been refurbished to upgrade the structure of the barn. Since at its conception it was built by fitting timber together (without even the use of nails), it was important that it was redone so the building does not collapse due to natural causes and rot.
Other Popular Park City Trails:
Did you know that Park City has been designated a Gold Level Ride Center by the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA)? That's because there are around 400 miles of continuous, non-motorized recreational trails to take advantage of! The trail network here is truly spectacular and offers plenty of opportunity for exploration. Here are some of most popular trails in Park City:
- Free Parking On-Site
- No Entrance Fee
- Kid-friendly and stroller-friendly trail!
- Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on a leash at all times.
- Most of the hike trail is shaded