Overview

This half-mile paved loop trail circles the perimeter of Millrace Park passing by a scenic fishing pond and offering access to the Jordan River Parkway. Other amenities at the park include picnic facilities a pavilion a playground and an off-leash area for dogs (see restrictions). This trail is suitable for children and adults of all skill and fitness levels.

The Trailhead

Millrace Park is located at 1200 W. 5400 S. in Taylorsville, UT. To reach the park from I-15 in Murray:

  1. Take Exit 300 for 5300 South.
  2. Turn west onto 5300 South.
  3. Drive 1.3 miles to Millrace Park on the right side of the road.

The Route

From the parking area, begin walking on the pathway heading north from the playground area. A fishing pond with a pleasant wetland setting is soon encountered on the left. Even if you aren’t there to fish, it’s worth the short walk out onto the fishing dock to take in the sight. It’s not uncommon to see birds and various waterfowl stopping to rest on the water and in the surrounding foliage.

Beyond the fishing dock, the trail turns left as it begins to circle around the perimeter of the park. Several picnic tables and shady benches are available along the way. Continue walking until the trail eventually curves back toward the playground area to complete the loop.

For those with canine companions, Millrace Park features an off-leash dog area with a 0.2-mile loop path inside. Dogs must be licensed and have a special permit tag in order to be in the off-leash area. For more information, and to purchase a permit tag, call Taylorsville West Valley City Animal Shelter at 801-965-5800.

Rules and Regulations

  • Dogs must be on leash at all times outside of off-leash area.
  • Clean up after pets.
  • No dogs allowed in fishing pond.
  • No swimming in fishing pond.
  • Pack out all trash.
  • No alcohol.
  • No smoking.

Credits

This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.