This paved trail begins at Bicentennial Park, and follows Coal Creek for 3.3 miles into lower Cedar Canyon near Cedar City. Much of the trail is in an urban setting, however convenient underpasses provide relief from crosswalks and traffic. The last mile and a half of the trail features fantastic views of the colorful strata found at the mouth of Cedar Canyon. This trail is open to foot traffic and bicycles and is suitable for children and adults of all skill and fitness levels.
The Coal Creek Trail begins at Bicentennial Park in Cedar City. To reach the trailhead from 200 North and Main Street in Cedar City:
- Drive north on Main Street for 1.0 miles to 1045 North.
- Turn left onto 1045 North and continue 0.5 miles to Bicentennial Park.
- Turn left into Bicentennial Park.
From the parking area, begin walking or riding on the sidewalk heading east near the skate park. Continue around the skate park until the path intersects with the Coal Creek Trail. Turn left onto the Coal Creek Trail and continue south alongside the baseball fields. The official start of the trail is .2 miles to the north, however Bicentennial Park is a better starting point unless you live in that neighborhood.
Continue on the path as it passes through Cedar City with Coal Creek on the right. Several underpasses make it easy to avoid crosswalks or street crossings for the entire length of the trail. After approximately 1.4 miles, the trail crosses under 200 East. Two bridges over Coal Creek on the right side provide access to Veteran’s Park, where several memorials can be found. These include the World War I, World War II and Korean War Memorials. You have the option here to continue straight on the Coal Creek trail, or if you have the time, crossover at the first bridge to Veteran’s Park and then back over to the main trail at the second bridge once you’ve visited the Memorials.
After approximately 1.8 miles, the trail crosses below Center Street and enters Canyon Park. The trail forms a loop in the park before connecting with a sidewalk that crosses a bridge over Coal Creek. Turn left just beyond the bridge to continue on the Coal Creek Trail into Canyon Park.
Beyond Canyon Park, the scenery changes as the trail enters Cedar Canyon. Bands of colorful rock soar overhead and tall cottonwood trees line the pathway for the remainder of the trail. At approximately 3.0 miles, the trail splits. The left fork crosses another bridge over Coal Creek and ends at a parking area along Highway 14. Turn right here and continue another 0.3 miles to the end of the trail. Several park benches are available along the way to rest before turning around for the leisurely walk or ride back to Bicentennial Park.
- Clean up after pets.
- Pack out all trash.
- Dogs must be on leash.
This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.