8 Family Friendly Waterfall Hikes in Utah
8 Family Friendly Waterfall Hikes in Utah
We are Utah’s Adventure Family, and we love to share about the adventures we have in Utah with our three boys. We have been exploring Utah for the past 7 years and learned that there is so much to do in this beautiful state. We live down in Utah County and we are amazed at all the fun hikes that are right here in our backyard.
We want to share some of our favorite waterfall hikes from down here in Utah County. There are SO many waterfalls to see in Utah Valley. Here are 8 amazing waterfalls that we have hiked and enjoyed with our kids. We hope you’ll find one that your family loves, too!
Grotto Falls is one of the easiest, but most fun trails, in Utah County. Located along the beautiful Nebo Loop, this short hike (only ¼ mile to the falls) lets kids cross boards back and forth across the stream and ends at a beautiful waterfall. The waterfall has carved it’s own grotto, and it is the perfect place to cool your feet on a hot day.
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This trail is wheelchair/stroller accessible, so anyone can visit this unique hike. You follow the paved trail along the river and listen for the water dripping from the rocks. You will need to climb down to the edge of the river to get a closer look, and if it’s a hot day you can also stick your feet in the frigid water. It was freezing even in July! But you’ll want to brave the water so you can walk behind the drips. It is so much fun!
This waterfall is legendary in Utah County. Everyone visits Bridal Veil Falls because it is such an easy stop along the Provo Canyon Road. There are two different spots to park, and walk to this amazing waterfall. The walk is easy, less than 1/3 of a mile, and wheel friendly. If you bring a quarter, you can buy food to feed the fish that live in the little pond near the falls.
Upper Falls is just a mile past Bridal Veil Falls. If you park at the Upper Falls Park, cross the bridge, and head up the mountainside, you will be able to avoid the crowds at Bridal Veil Falls. This hike is only 0.3 miles to the waterfall, but it is straight up. This hike is definitely worth the climb, because you will probably have the waterfall to yourself for a few moments.
Stewart Falls is a classic hike in Utah County. This hike is popular with families even though it is 4 miles round trip. It isn’t very steep, and we love how you walk through the trees and meadows along the way. This trail is so green. When you get to the end of the trail, there is the perfect spot to take some pictures by this towering waterfall. Make sure that you climb down to the bottom where you can splash in the stream and cool off in the shadow of Stewart Falls.
This trail offers TWO waterfalls for the price of a one mile hike up the mountainside. The hike is along the trail heading up to the top of Mount Timpanogos. If you climb for about one mile, you will come to a waterfall. You’ll also see a second waterfall a little further along, so make sure to walk the 10 extra minutes to waterfall number two. In late May, there was still a ton of snow by these waterfalls, so be careful and have a snowball fight!
Another waterfall along the Alpine Loop near Mount Timpanogos is Scout Falls. This trail is 3.5 miles roundtrip and we love how green this waterfall is. It’s on the north side of the mountain, so tons of moss is growing, which makes Scouts Falls a little different than the other waterfalls nearby. This trail has beautiful views of the mountains, and was awesome in the fall.
Battlecreek Falls is one of our all time favorites. We love this waterfall and it was one of the first hikes we ever went on with our young kids. This hike is popular with lots of families, so you will definitely be sharing the trail. Battlecreek Falls trail is a little over 1.5 miles roundtrip, but you can get right next to the waterfall and it is always going strong.
We are always looking for a great hike, or adventure, throughout Utah. Be sure to leave us a comment either on Utah’s Adventure Family, or here with our friends at the Salt Project, if you have an idea for us to try. You can follow along with us on our adventures on Instagram or Facebook.
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