The Canyon Nature Trail is a short, paved, shaded path near a river and through the pines near Timpanogos Cave in American Fork Canyon at the beginning of the Alpine Loop.
The trail goes between the Swinging Bridges Picnic Area and the small parking across from the Timpanogos Cave parking. There is a pullout area with several spots.
Cross the bridge and either head up the stairs or to the left along the switchback that is better for strollers.
There is a little detour down to the water, but be careful. The water can be dangerous, especially in the spring.
Continuing along, the mountain views and trees are very beautiful along this path.
Next the path comes to a series of day use picnic tables. These are part of the Swinging Bridge Picnic Area.
Cross the bridge, stopping to appreciate the beautiful water below. Directly after the bridge are restrooms.
Then the trail makes a loop by a few more picnic tables.
There are a few signs along the path that talk about the area.
Then it loops back around to the beginning. This is mostly wheelchair accessible. There are a couple little curbs or single steps that might be challenge, but should be easy with a stroller. You can still get around well in a wheelchair.
Stats: Distance – 0.6 miles there and back
Approximate hiking time – 15-60 minutes
Elevation gain – 104 feet
Difficulty – Beginner
Trail – paved
Bathrooms – Yes
Seasons to hike – Year Round
Permits needed – $6 day use or National Parks Pass
Pets allowed – Yes
Other beginner hikes are Silver Lake up Big Cottonwood, Lisa Falls in Little Cottonwood, and Hidden Valley Trail in Sandy. Here is a list of more short and easy hikes.
Other hikes nearby are Tibble Fork Loop, Pine Hollow Loop, and Island Meadow.