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South Mountain Park

10919 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85042 (South Mountain)
(602) 262-6862
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Ranked #7 of 128 Attractions in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks
Activities: Biking, Hiking, Horseback riding
Description: This, the largest municipal park in the world, is a popular hiking, biking and horseback riding trail area.
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Chatham, Ontario
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38 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

We probably hit this place at a bad time. There looks to be a nice interpretive centre and there is a short and very accessible hike that highlights various local plants. We didn't do the hikes so it probably isn't fair to apply a rating but the base looked very barren and uninteresting. Apparently. If you drive to the top... More

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Kernersville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This park is a gem in the middle of an urban area. I had visited and hiked the park about 25 years ago. I didn't plan to do any hiking because of the heat and, instead, wanted to take photos. It was much as I had remembered it but was disappointed that the road to the summit was closed. This... More

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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Good parking and short hikes to explore desert environments. Views north and south. Best at early and late daylight times.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you live in the valley and feel the need to ride a great twisty road close to home then ride the summit road at south mountain. It will become one of your favorite go to places when you get the need to enjoy leaning into some turns.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I went to this park as you can see the whole city and it is beautiful at night. My bucket list would be able to go up to south mountain and watch the Fireworks. Also, at the bottom of the South Mountain park is the horseback riding. If you have a chance to do this it is amazing and very... More

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Peoria, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We drove up the mountain just before sunset. When we got to the top we parked the car and walked to the edge. You can see the whole city from there. Awesome sunset and the sparkle of city lights.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Just as the title says there are some great views accessible by both driving, parking lots and hiking. Had some great fun driving around and exploring and also hiking through some of the trails (even in the 100+ degree weather!) There were also some fun spots for geocaching. =] Had a great time with my boyfriend- it was definitely worth... More

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The resort where we stayed was next to South Mountain. We enjoyed hiking here each morning and evening. There was a variety of trails to accommodate to any skill level; flat trails between the mountains as well as trails to the peaks of the mountains. We saw a variety of wildlife along the hike.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This was a very nice place to visit! You get amazing views of the city if you go all the way to the top of the mountain. It's very nice and quiet, you could probably have a nice picnic there. There is not much to do, other than sit and enjoy the view! Also keep in mind that they do... More

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We visited South Mountain Park as part of a day tour. The view was amazing. The only criticism I have is I believe they should have a restroom at the top. When we visited there were 2 outhouses- but with the extreme heat they were not pleasant to use.

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