GSL Shorelands Preserve is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Layton, Utah that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length1.3 miElevation gain6 ftRoute typeLoop
Wheelchair friendlykid friendlystroller friendlyNature tripsWalkingBird watchingLakePavedRiverWildflowersWildlifeBugsNo shadeNo dogs
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Enjoy a boarded walkway meandering through the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve - a unique system of salt and fresh water marshes, ponds, pools, sloughs and mudflats. The Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve is a unique system of salt and fresh water marshes, ponds, pools, sloughs and mudflats. It is a rich feeding ground for tens of thousands of migrating birds, which use the Great Salt Lake as a resting point on their journeys from Canada to points in Central and South America. In fact, some of the largest gatherings of wildlife ever recorded on the Great Salt Lake have been observed here. The innovative visitor center at the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve offers you the chance to experience and learn about the wetlands and its birds while keeping your feet dry! The wetlands of the Great Salt Lake provide important nesting and foraging habitat for over 250 species of birds. The lake is a critical link in the Pacific Flyway between North and South America. In fact, so many birds (between four and six million!) visit, feed and nest at the lake and its wetlands annually, it has been named as one of only seventeen sites of Hemispheric Importance in the Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network, an internationally important designation. Visitors may experience the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve any time of year. The visitor center is open every day: April - September: 7am to 8pm October - March: 8am to 5pm Accessibility: The trail surface is paved (boardwalk) and typically at least four feet wide. The grade is flat, all estimated 1% or less. Most wheelchair and stroller users will likely find this trail traversable.

There are bathrooms near the parking area.

Nature Conservancy, (801) 531-0999.

From Main Street you can take Gentile Street(to the south), or Gordon Ave (center), or Antelope Drive(to the north). Turn south onto 3200 West. Follow 3200 West to the south and it dead ends right into this place. The road turns to dirt and you pass thru an open gate. The dirt road just makes a loop to the parking area.

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Meg Nielsen
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WalkingGreat!

Super nice easy walk. Lots of cool information about the preserve and the great salt lake. So if you’re into that, it’s fun to stop and read the info boards. Stroller friendly which is awesome.

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Zhuma Hu
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Such a beautiful place to go!

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Lydia Smith
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Loved this! It was so pretty, able to walk the boardwalk with normal shoes. Saw so many birds, including hawks, and saw a vole! The tower & signs along the way make it fun.

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MaryAnn Christiansen
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Rodrigo Alva
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WalkingGreat!

beautiful and relaxing trail. great view, especially from the tower. please!! No pets allowed!! there are posted signs about it and people don't respect it.

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Embree Larsen
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HikingGreat!

Today this was a recovery walk from a previous hike. I knew it would be flat and easy, exactly what I was looking for. It is a 1-mile loop on a boardwalk with some educational signs and information about the birds, wildlife, and the Great Salt Lake. I observed a couple of Hawks, which are always fun to see.

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Megan Wells
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Fun board walks and lookout structure for my kids to run on. Walkways clear not too many people.

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Jim Wittes
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Hiking

Short boardwalk loop. Good views of the mountains. The observation areas were cool structures.

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Jim Wittes
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Short boardwalk loop. Good views of the mountains. The observation areas were

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Jim Wittes
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Short boardwalk loop. Good views of the mountains. The observation areas were

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Randy Davis
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Hiking

nice easy walk. everything was frozen. looking forward to coming back during spring or summer

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Kevin B
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WalkingGreat!

SO FUN FOR THE KIDS!

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Kyle Kimber
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WalkingBugsNo shadeOver grown

I went around the first part of September. It is an easy trail and I was happy to see the hawks and the other birds. My big complaint are the hornets. There are two observation structures and you have to walk on the first structure to get access to the trail. I was greeted by a wall of hornets and they were in abundance on the first structure. They were landing on me or flying in my face. I was surprised I was not stung. After you get on the trail they are not so bad. But again if you get to the 2nd structure you’ll be dealing with a lot of hornets. I wish they would do pest management a little better.

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Linda User
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Jeff Scott
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Mitchell R.
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Walking

Cute little walk. Supremely easy and a little out of the way from anything - but if you happen to be in the area already it’s worth it!

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Samūel Ōler
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Nice lil’ walk with nice scenery

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Justine Richter
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Brenden Hunter
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Wonderful walk with lots of nature and wildlife! Perfect for a morning or evening hike!

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Cache MACS
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Good morning to do a couple lap around the Preserve. Didn't take long for the heat to make it muggy. Always and enjoyable walk.

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Amanda Johnston
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Walking

Nice walk with kids. Go early in the morning as there’s no shade. Definitely stroller friendly and perfect with kids.

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Kalsey Rice
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WalkingNo shade

Decent walk. Pretty easy. Just watch your step, some boards are wobbly and screws are sticking up. Wear sun protection... no shade unless you are under the pavilion. It’s a quiet and calm location. Enjoyable.

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Britney Hunter
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GSL Shorelands Preserve- great place! It's a loop so you can go either left or right but if you go left the signs will be oriented the correct way, otherwise coming from the right will make some of them on the ground look upside down. Not a big deal though. There is no shade around the entire thing, so plan accordingly. There's a little when you get to the tower/lookout at the half way point. The entire thing is a wood boardwalk, so it's stroller friendly, just a little bumpy. The tower/lookout at the halfway point has a ramp that goes around the tower a little at a very minimal incline (and there's some shade there) but if you want to go to the very top to look out over the preserve you have to climb some stairs. Or you can just go right past the tower/lookout and skip it completely. It was a fun walk though. Mostly tall grass on either side of the boardwalk, but a few sections had the swampy, wetland areas so if you have little littles that might go too close and fall off just hold their hand or put them in the stroller at those parts. We went with a 4, 2, and 3 mo old and did just fine. Will definitely be back in the fall when the woollybear caterpillars are out.

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Camille Joy User
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super hot (90 degrees) around 11am. I would go earlier in the day next time. but hey, it's August! also, the scenery and birds were AMAZING

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Micah Luce
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Beautiful location with amazing wx today. The boardwalk is in pretty good shape and we shared the loop with fewer than 10 people. Bird activity was minimal until we got to the lookout where the kestrels were active. Gorgeous and quiet.

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Maddie Pratt
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