I took a bike ride through Layton, Utah yesterday, and it was a really great place to explore. I rode by plenty of storefronts and interesting restaurants, through gorgeous parks and on strenuous hiking trails and bike paths. I will describe some of the sites so you can experience the same exciting side of Layton that I did. Layton is a unique city because at times I felt like I was passing through remote country landscapes, and at times I experienced a bustling city.
The Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve
I rode my bicycle into the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve and experienced more nature than I expected to in the middle of a city. This is a great spot for riding your bicycle, walking, bird watching, or just experiencing nature. There is a tower that looks over the marshland. You can climb up for an unobstructed view of nature and the gorgeous sunset views that it offers in the evening. The boardwalk that takes you over the marshland is easy enough for kids to walk, accessible to wheelchairs, and great for a beautiful, easy bike ride.
Layton Commons Park
On the other side of town I rode through Layton Commons Park. This park offered a quaint pond and adjoining stream that follows a path around the park. I biked past families feeding ducks and playing catch. There was a small playground where kids were playing. On the far side of the park, an amphitheatre is nestled into the trees. Bands play there sometimes, and on summer nights the stage is used for outdoor movies.
Holy Smoke Barbeque
I took a pit stop at Holy Smoke Barbeque and enjoyed some tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs and a fun, creative atmosphere. This restaurant has a very informal feeling and it offers delicious foods! Holy Smoke is ranked in the top five restaurants in Layton, Utah for a reason. It was the perfect fuel to finish out my bike ride.
I happened upon a hidden reservoir in the middle of Layton! This small body of water offers a great place for kayaking, canoeing—all kinds of small, motor-free water vessels. I circled the reservoir a time or two, watching families enjoying the water. This secluded spot is hidden away from the hustle and bustle of city life that is so prevalent in other parts of Layton. You would never guess that rush hour traffic was just a few miles away!
A Great Place to Ride a Bike!
I really enjoyed my bike ride through Layton, Utah, and if you are looking for a new place to get out on two wheels, I am sure that you would too! Make sure your tires are holding air, fill up a water bottle, rub on some sunscreen and go enjoy the sights that you never realized were hidden in the depths of Layton, Utah. Get out and enjoy the bike paths, the parks, and the amazing Utah sunsets—they really seem to be prettier here than anywhere else.