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Fairy Forest Trail is a 1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Heber City, Utah that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.0 mi Elevation gain 39 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Walking

Forest

River

Wild flowers

Rocky

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A trail like you've never seen before! Thousands of painted rocks adorn this fairy forest, with fairy houses, wind chimes, ribbons, and anything else a fairy could wish for. This is a very short walk, skip across the campground, and jump across the river to a fairy wonderland. Not just for girls, boys will have just as much fun looking around as the girls. Recently there has been a big push to get the Fairy Forest Trail cleaned up and restored by the local forest service. Painted rocks and things from the city degrade over time and leave a mess. Already this year over 100 large bags of garbage have been removed from this location. Leaving things behind is not only bad for the habitat but also illegal. Visitors are encouraged to come and enjoy the unique rock trails and to create with the natural materials already present.

There is parking at the mile marker, but the closest restroom, is a couple campgrounds before this on the side of the road.

Heading East, go past Park City. Take exit 146 for State Highway 40 and continue for about 3 miles. Take the Park City/Kamas exit 4 and turn east on SR-248 towards Kamas. The first light that you come to is Main Street, turn left. At the next light, Center St. turn right. You are now on the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway. You will now continue 17 miles on this road. Look for mile marker 17. There is a pullout right there to park at. Look towards the forest, and there will be a path on your right. Walk down that path. You will come to the campground. Cut through the campground, and continue on the path. When you come to the dry creek bed, cross it. Because of all the rain lately, there was a little bit of water in it, but its usually dry. Be careful, because many of the rocks are lose; make sure you have a steady rock before putting your weight on it! After crossing the creek bed, walk up the hill. When you step over a log, take about 5-10 more steps, then head down to your right. You will see the entrance to the Fairy Forest there.

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Brooks Dawson
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Not cool. Don’t do that to nature just leave it be

Breck Tuttle
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There are two signs warning not to add anything to this area. The originators blog indicates that everything but the painted rocks have been removed.

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Tenisha Freston
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never could find the trail. crossed the river to find more of nothing. my kids were disappointed not to find a fairy forest.

Julie M
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See Fairy Forest page on Facebook for updates on the cleanup and re-naturalization process. Nature doesn't need spray paint; enjoy arts and crafts projects at home and delight in nature in it's beautiful, natural state.

Travistar Chaston
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June 2019. Accessed at the mile 17 marker. Directions were correct but there was a lot of water in the river so we couldn’t cross. I’m assuming most rocks and decorations have been taken out, given the two sign about litter and graffiti. We could see some larger rocks with paint across the river. There were a few random little rocks and signs on the trail and around the camp ground. Also found some adorable little bird houses.

Todd W.
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Dis this with the kids, who loved it. Great way to spend an hour looking at the rocks and houses.

Suzi Carter
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Fun little nature walk. I'll be returning with my grandkids to enjoy this fun trail again.

Thom Allen
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This is a very irresponsible thing to do in the outdoors. Leave the nature the way it was intended to be enjoyed. Do not ever leave markings on hikes.

Will Swick
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nice

Jessica Young
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The runoff from the mountains has created a swift flowing river which blocks the trail to Fairy Forest right now. We'll be back in a few weeks to try again. Hopefully by then the water level is lower and passable. There were a lot of disappointed kids and families today.

Spanky Marin
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It's a really nice place but I wouldn't call it a hike more of an attraction I loved all the rocks it's really pretty

Hillaria Davis
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PLEASE DO NOT PAINT ROCKS OR LEAVE ITEMS IN THE FOREST!

Jeremy Whittington
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Absolutely disgusting, garbage and pollution in a national forest.

Brad Ross
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Not really a hike, but pretty cool nonetheless. My young daughters thought it was really neat to see all the different painted rocks, fairy houses, etc. A fun family activity for sure.

Mindy Tarouilly
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Very easy trail. Crossing the river was a little tricky with my 3 yr old only because I was trying hard not to get her shoes wet but our 3 yr old loved seeing all the colored rocks and fairy houses. Definitely will come back again.

Tiffany S.
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Cute

Susan Shaw
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I couldn't find it. Apple maps, clicking from the nap on this page, took me to Shady Dell Campground and I didn't see any trailhead signs. I had no cell service, so couldn't look for any more directions. Giving one star for now. The rest of the area is nice. Found these directions on a blog that will help next time I go up there: The Fairy Forest is said to be “hidden” because there are no signs. To find the Fairy Forest you follow a trail on the south side of the highway into the Shady Dell campground. Continue though a campsite then cross a small creek, walk to the top of a hill to find and log lying across the road. Step over the log and take about 5-10 more steps, then head down to your right. You know you have reached the entrance to Fairy Forest when see a tipped over tree forming an angular archway. It should only take about 5-10 minutes to walk from your car to the forest.

Elizabeth Mills
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Walking

Our kids LOVED this place. We had kids ages 9-5 with us and they all loved it and can't wait to come back. The only moderate part was getting over dry creek, as it was not dry at all. The directions are perfect and my kids easily could have spent a couple hours here. Next time we will bring our own fairy house instead of making one out of the branches on the ground.

Lizz Daley
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For kids, this is the be all, end all of hikes!! What could be more amazing, or fantastical than a fairy forest in the middle of the wilderness. The drive there took about an hour from Salt Lake , but was worth the wait and it was an absolutely beautiful drive. Directions are easy to follow. The kids were in awe for the first 20 minutes we arrived there, then spent another 30 minutes discovering different rocks and fairy houses. The loved every minute of it. We'll be bringing more rocks next time, to add to the collection. Definitely a must!!

Braden Kemp
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Paul Smith
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Baillie Kae
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Colby Caitlin
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Justin Wyckoff
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Eric Larsen
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Michael Mainzer
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Jake Farnsworth
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Chelsie Bolding
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Michele Vincent
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Gentry Salm
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