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The Legacy Parkway Trail is a 14-mile trail that provides a hard-surfaced walkway without any street crossings. The trail runs adjacent to the Legacy Parkway in southern Davis County. It begins at Farmington Station and parallels the Utah Transit Authority's FrontRunner, the state's first commuter rail line, for some of its journey to North Salt Lake. Although most of the route is along a busy freeway, there is a connection to the Legacy Nature Preserve, which offers more scenic surroundings.
In Centerville, the Legacy Trail overlaps the Denver and Rio Grande Western Rail Trail for a short distance, and it meets the nearly 50-mile Jordan River Parkway Trail at its southern end. All three trails are part of the Golden Spoke trail network, which provides 100 miles of connected, paved trails from Ogden to Provo.
There are a number of trailheads along the way providing access to the Legacy Parkway Trail, but trail users should note that they do not offer restrooms or drinking fountains.
Near the southern end of the trail, parking is available at the Center Street Trailhead in North Salt Lake. Heading north from there, parking and restrooms are available in Legacy Park (1140 W. 1100 N., North Salt Lake), as well as parking and drinking water at Mountain View Park (2113 W. 1250 S.) in Woods Cross. There are other trailheads with parking every few miles as you continue along the trail, but they don't offer restrooms or water.
If you're taking public transportation, you can also access the trail via the Farmington Station on the UTA FrontRunner light rail line on the northern end of the trail.
Been regularly cycling this path since its opening years ago. Within recent years however, bike etiquette, safety, and general behavior has deteriorated: "Utah moms" allow their out-of-control kids to wander-ride all over the path ignoring bike / jogger traffic both directions ... they do not care. Dogs must be on a leash, but many owners attitude is, "I'll do what I want, it's my pet"... again safety of others is undermined by this kind of activity.
Cyclists in the "left [opposite] lane" often have music blasting away via ear-buds so yelling, "On Your Left" to signal your presence, literally falls on deaf ears.
It's getting to the point where riding the open road with vehicles is actually safer than the designated bike path.
The Legacy Trail is not a rail-trail, per se, but rather was specifically designed and integrated into a freeway project. Utah is serious about getting people out of their cars and onto bikes, and so It was built primarily as an active transportation resource. It also serves as a recreational resource as well. It parallels the Legacy Parkway, a reliever parkway (no commercial trucks) that parallels I-15, the main transportation corridor along the Wasatch Front. In fact, the two roads run right next to one another for several miles.
The Legacy Trail is well designed and constructed. The surface is smooth and fast. It is mostly flat. There are very few road crossings and those that exist are well marked. It's a delightful ride with unobstructed views of the Wasatch Range to the east. There are many neighborhood connecting trails and a number of businesses are easily accessible as well. The trail has been designed in such a way as to minimize the impact of the adjacent highway. You know it's there, but it's very unobtrusive.
The Legacy Trail is also a link in a regional system of greenways. It connects the DRG&W rail trail to the north with the Jordan River Parkway to the south, making it possible to ride all the way from Ogden to Salt Lake City (mostly) on trails. There's even an unpaved section of "nature" trail that parallels the main route, so if you ride it on a mountain bike as I did, you have the opportunity to go off pavement, at least for a couple of miles.
I absolutely loved the Legacy Trail. As I was cycling toward Parish Lane in Farmington, I couldn't help but thinking that even the Dutch would be at home here. It's that good.
The Legacy Trail is an excellent ride for families, group of riders, or just taking a tour by yourself. There is plenty to see and experience without having to deal with traffic. The trail parallels the Legacy highway, so traffic is close by, but the views make up for the minimal traffic noise. There is plenty of parking at the Station Park UTA commuter rail for those that want to pack up your bikes and travel to a great starting point. The Legacy trail starts at Station Park and ties in with the Jordan River Parkway at the Legacy Highway/I-215 merge.
Going south from Farmington, the Farmington Bay Bird refuge is just west of the trail, plenty of cattle and horses to see, as well as heron, pheasant, hawks, and the occasional sighting of Eagles.
It's always a good idea to pack water, sunscreen, extra tubes (in case of a flat), pump, and a few energy snacks for those taking the whole tour of the Wasatch Front by Bike. A lot of people use the Legacy trail to travel to and from work by bike into downtown Salt Lake City. With the elevation much higher in Utah, and the changing weather, dress appropriately.
There are several other areas to park and begin your ride if you do not want to ride the entire trail.
Pages Lane in Centerville; go west on Pages Lane until you see the parking area directly ahead. You'll see the Legacy Trail entrance.
500 S. exit off I-15 N. Go west over the bridge like you are heading toward Legacy highway, turn right into the industrial park and go up and over the bridge. There is parking along the road which is barely used because the road ends. The Legacy trail will be right there.
I know there are several others so check with rail links for more information.
A fantastic trail along some west corridor and through some Great Salt Lake marshes and legacy wetlands, Except for a few times of the year when bug hatches are bad (mosquitos and knats), this is a very nice bike, walking and horse trial. It offers side street connections for the unlinked areas of Jordan River Parkway Trial from North Temple (Fairgrounds/Utah Power & Light) to 9th South (Jordan Park).
In Bountiful there is access to the prospector trail and several side streets with bike lanes.
The trial also has easy side street connections to the Great Salt Lake Marina, with the trail starting at North Temple near SLC Intl Airport & General Aviation or the WIngpointe Golf Course and the international center business park.
Fun trail for the family and the first rides of the year in the spring.
The all-paved trail is great for an out and back for a road bike. I started at the Farmington Station and rode south to link up with the Provo/Jordan River Parkway. Stopped where I had to cross a golf course fairway (people were golfing). Made for a 32 mile roundtrip along flat, generally smooth asphalt. There were some Port-A potties here and there. Bring your own liquid.
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