As you drive through Park City, you’ll notice a big, white barn on the west side of the road. The McPolin Farm has been preserved by Park City as a permanent historical site. We’ve written more about a walking tour of the farm, but there is also a nice, family-friendly nature trail that starts behind McPolin Farm.
To access the McPolin Farm Nature Trail, go to the “top” of the farm. There is a paved trail leading in each direction. Go right along the paved trail, but not very far. Watch for a dirt trail on the left side of the trail. There is a sign at the trailhead that gives some information about McPolin Farm Trail. From this point, the trail is a 1 mile loop.
The trail is well-defined and easy to follow, and though it goes gently uphill, it is never steep nor difficult. In fact, this trail is perfect for toddlers and first time hikers.
The McPolin Farm Nature Trail features ten signs that help little ones stay engaged. There is information about animals, simple activities like listening to the aspens, and other fun stuff, so make sure to read each sign to the kids. They offer great breaks along the way.
The trail weaves in and out of the trees, but it is mostly shaded. There is also a lot of wildlife along the trail. We saw chipmunks, squirrels, butterflies and a snake as we walked along, and this kept even our littlest ones interested in the hike. There are also a few small bridges over a creek, which makes the trail a little exciting.
At the end of the nature trail, there is a short climb on the paved path back to the farm. This adds about 1/3 of a mile to your hike. Plan about 1.5 miles RT for the entire walk from the farm, on the loop, and back to the barn.
If you are looking for a short nature walk near Park City, McPolin Farm Nature Trail is easy, uncrowded, and beautiful. The parking for the farm and trail is on Highway 24 in Park City.