Fall is scenic time to visit Hobble Creek Canyon.
Springville stands guard to the beautiful and recreation-filled Hobble Creek Canyon. Perhaps you’ve swung your clubs around Hobble Creek Golf Course, but the greens are only one of nine points of interest that will have you taking the afternoon off to golf, fish, bike or picnic.
1. HOBBLE CREEK PARKWAY TRAIL
The Hobble Creek Parkway Trail gives you a gentle bike ride or the perfect stroll in a beautiful canyon. The trail starts at the mouth of the canyon and travels 3 miles up the canyon to Rotary Park. The elevation gain is small, but there’s also a parking area at the half-way point of the trail, which can shorten the outing for families with younger kids. The trail follows the river up the canyon, passing the small catch basin and traversing over small bridges. The trail eventually goes past Hobble Creek Golf Course and ends at Rotary Park.
2. HOBBLE CREEK FISHING
Hobble Creek offers small stream fishing. The stream flows the duration of the canyon and is full of small brown trout and the occasional stocked rainbow trout. The stream is heavily used during the summer months. Fly fishing is a great way to catch the small trout. You can produce great memories using a dry fly in the late evenings. The catch basin at the mouth of the canyon is stocked in early spring, giving families an easy place to catch trout. Small spinners or bait produce fast action.
3. HOBBLE CREEK GOLF COURSE
Since it opened in 1973, Hobble Creek Golf Course has been a gem in the Utah County golf world. The 18-hole course offers a great variety of challenging holes and scenery. The course’s altitude and shorter holes give permission to hit away, but be careful. With plenty of trees and hazards, even the most savvy of golfers will still have to make good decisions. The course has received great reviews locally and nationally through the years. Don’t forget to grab a burger at the snack bar and spend a few evenings practicing at the driving range or putting greens.
4. ROTARY PARK
Rotary Park is one of three picnic/campground areas maintained by Springville City. The park is located just past the golf course in the left fork of Canyon Road. The park offers picnic areas under large, full-grown trees and a stream-side environment. Reservations are required for all park pavilion areas. Make reservations at the Community Service Building (443 S. 200 East, Springville) or by phone at (801) 489-2770.
5. KELLY’S GROVE
Kelly’s Grove is the second of the three campgrounds maintained by Springville City. The park’s history started in 1852 when a sawmill was built on the site. Twenty years later, Cyrus Sanford and Joseph Kelly homesteaded on the site. Today the park is home to pavilions and picnic tables. The fishing can be great through the park and if you’re successful it can make for an evening fish fry. Visit the Community Service Building (443 S. 200 East, Springville) or call (801) 489-2770 for more information or to make a reservation.
Hobble Creek is a fly fishing paradise. Wild brown trout populate the stream.
6. JOLLEY’S RANCH
Jolley’s Ranch is the largest of the three canyon picnic/campground areas maintained by Springville City. With more than 50 campsites, there is plenty of room for the extended family. Many of the campsites have water and electric hookups, and the campground has toilets. Jolley’s Ranch also includes the Bear’s Picnic Area, which is a great spot for church groups or family gatherings. The Ranch is open May through October, weather permitting. All sites can be reserved. To reserve a site call (801) 489-2770.
7. CHERRY CAMPGROUND
Cherry Campground sits along the creek and gives you a great chance at catching a few trout during your stay. Located about six miles up the canyon from Springville on the right-hand fork, this campground has 10 single sites, four double sites and four group sites. The group sites are large and accommodate up to 50 people. There are also a few hiking trails that start near the campground and climb up the canyon to Packard Creek.
8. BALSAM CAMPGROUND
Balsam Campground is another medium sized campground located along Hobble Creek. To get there, drive up Hobble Creek Canyon and continue on the right hand fork. The campground is the last one in the canyon located just past Cherry Campground. The site has 24 individual sites and one triple site that can accommodate up to 30 people. Trails take off in all directions — and with a bit of exploring you’ll find some incredible views.
9. SQUAW PEAK ROAD
If you are looking for a great scenic off-road drive or bike ride, check out Squaw Peak Road. But be warned — this road is primitive and can be rough in spots. It starts up the left fork of Hobble Creek Canyon and continues up the mountain and pinnacles at the base of Provo Peak. You can either continue on from that point another 11 miles to Provo Canyon or backtrack to Hobble Creek Canyon. This road is only open when the snow is gone and can sometimes be impeded by lingering avalanches. But don’t let that stop you from exploring this ninth point of interest. UV