Legacy Parkway


A bicycle gathering pavilion along the Great Salt Lake Legacy Parkway
Along the Great Salt Lake Legacy Parkway
Informational sign at a Legacy Parkway kiosk

The Legacy Parkway is a 14-mile drive along the shores of the Great Salt Lake, the largest lake west of the Mississippi River and the largest salt lake in the Western Hemisphere. The route was designed and built to maximize views of the Great Salt Lake, Antelope Island and the Wasatch Mountains.

The Legacy Parkway is a narrow and curving road that forces human visitors to slow down and enjoy the views, the wildlife, the vegetation. It's a very peaceful setting only 10 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City.

The Great Salt Lake is in the heart of one of the world's largest migratory bird flyways. In season, more than 5 million resident and migratory birds, representing more than 250 species, can be counted on the 400,000 acres of wetlands around the lake. Among the preserved wetlands along the Great Salt Lake Legacy Parkway are the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area and the Legacy Nature Preserve.

Along the southern and middle portions of the Legacy Parkway you'll be traveling beside the Legacy Nature Preserve. There are pullouts and overlooks along the way, all giving access to the Legacy Preserve Nature Trail. Near the north end of the Parkway is access to the Great Salt Lake Nature Center near the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area. The Legacy Parkway Trail, a pedestrian-and-bike-only trail, parallels the entire route of the Parkway.

The Legacy Parkway Trail, one of the hiking/biking paths in the Legacy Nature Preserve
The Legacy Parkway Trail
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