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Paul Bunyan’s Wood Pile, Utah

Updated: Feb 8


Paul Bunyan's Woodpile in Juab County, Utah is an imagination-kindling adventure for the entire family. This enormous pile of hardened lava looks like purposefully placed logs that only a giant could create. Recreate American folklore stories and have some fun getting exercise and fresh air on this one-of-a-kind hike.


KID RATINGS

Fun: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (out of 5)

Difficulty: Very Easy Easy MODERATE Hard Very Hard

KEY FEATURES

Distance: 1.6 miles

Elevation Gain: 500 ft

Terrain: Dirt, rocks, exposed trail

Time: 1 to 2 hours

When to Go: Spring, Summer, Fall


COST

Free


AMENITIES

None at trailhead

Closest gas station/services is in Nephi, 40 minutes away or Eureka which is 25 minutes away.


THINGS TO BRING

  • Good hiking shoes

  • Snacks

  • Water

  • Dogs allowed

DETAILS

Only 40 minutes from Nephi, Utah lays a geological wonder at Paul Bunyan’s Woodpile. Thirty million years ago, lava cooled into distinct vertical columns that over-time turned horizontal and now look like a large pile of wood. Each piece of “wood” is about a foot in diameter and about 15 feet long. Thus, the name Paul Bunyan’s Wood Pile.



This hike begins at the end of Paul Bunyan Road in Juab County, Utah. See directions below for how to get there. The trailhead is a short walk from the east side of a dirt parking lot with a large sign that says "Paul Bunyan's Wood Pile Trailhead". You will need to pass through a small opening in the fence line.


Continue walking at a slight incline through a ravine. You will be able to see the woodpile as you get further along from below. You can continue on the lower trail to the bottom view point or take a few short switchbacks to get an up-close view of this geologic wonder.


Once you reach the wood-pile you can do some exploring at the top. Its amazing how much these large lava rocks look like wood! There are also some great views of the valley below.


There is an incredible arch if you walk down between the woodpiles.

We love finding lava rocks and the different formations that lava makes so this was a great adventure for us. We also hiked with friends which always helps my kids to hike without complaining.


PROS & CONS

Pros

  • Good for all ages

  • Fun destination hike

  • Encourages imagination

  • Not hard

Cons

  • No amenities

  • Road to trailhead can be impassable with recent rain

DIRECTIONS

Paul Bunyan’s Woodpile is located directly west of Nephi at the south end of TinTic Mountain. If you are coming from the south, take Highway 132 west from Nephi, then take RTE 1812 to Highway 6. From Highway 6 you will head East on Paul Bunyan Road until you can’t go any further. If you are coming from north, take Highway 6 through Eureka. You will then turn East on Paul Bunyan Road from Highway 6 until you can’t go any further. You will be at the trailhead. Paul Bunyan Road is a dirt, but a 4x4 isn’t needed unless it is muddy. The terrain is fairly level and most vehicles won’t have a problem getting to the trailhead. There are several dirt roads in the area so make sure you get on the right one off Highway 6. Make sure to put "Paul Bunyan's Woodpile" in maps when you have reception.


MAPS



OTHER NEARBY ADVENTURES

Tintic Train Tunnel (40 minutes)

Sunstone Knoll (1 hour 8 minutes)


MORE INFO

Utah Geological Survey

ABOUT ME


Hi, I'm Corrine! I'm an outdoor enthusiast, mother of four, wife, nurse and runner. I believe God gave us this beautiful earth to explore, enjoy and protect.

My goal is to inspire you to get outside and create your own amazing memories as a family. Life is precious and there are too many adventures to be had to spend life on the couch or in front of a screen.

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