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South Mountain Park

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Address: 10919 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85042-8302
Phone Number: (602) 262-6862
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This, the largest municipal park in the world, is a popular hiking, biking...

This, the largest municipal park in the world, is a popular hiking, biking and horseback riding trail area.

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Great for many outings

This is the largest city park in the US, I think.its 27.000 acres. It has many activities such as bike riding, horseback riding, picnic you can drive to the very top of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the largest city park in the US, I think.its 27.000 acres. It has many activities such as bike riding, horseback riding, picnic you can drive to the very top of the mountain and over look the city. Great pleasure except when the temperature is very hot.

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Ahwatukee, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

South Mountain Park/Preserve is one of the largest city parks in the United States at just over 16,000 acres. It is a free attraction that both residents and visitors should take advantage. It is popular with local residents for the hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding over 51 miles of trails. It also contains a number of Ramada’s which are... More 

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Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The drive was a little frightening but it was worth every minute of the 5.5 mile drive to the summit.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The road up the mountain has a lot of sharp turns and narrow spots. Drive carefully and watch for walkers, bikers and motorcycles. Once you get to the top, the view is amazing. You can see the entire valley. They do have a restroom type facility. It is actually a fancy outhouse. No running water, and no paper, so bring... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Get there before 7 pm as the gate will close and you will not be allowed in. Once there, you can stay till 10 in the park. You will get a chance to have sever views of the North and South. Sunsets are wonderful. Stay on the designated trails and enjoy

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Lakeside Park, Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove up to South Mountain Park which was a welcome change from some of the other mountains we visited! It was beautiful, quiet and breezy at the top. There is a compass laid out in a rock that points out the cities and other attractions you can see while up there. There are benches spread out to just sit... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Took 30-40 minutes (35 miles) drive from Phoenix to the highest ground in South Mountain, Dobbins Lookout (2330 feet). The last 4 mile road inside the park was winding and steep at some places that speed was limited to 15 - 20 MPH. Interesting to know that South Mountain geologically is the result of North American tectonic plates' movement and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took the drive up to the summit and walked around a bit. Fantastic views! Got stuck behind a car that was clearly scared driving back down the mountain. If heights, blind curves and narrow roads frighten you have someone else drive.

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Chapin, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The views at the top of South Mountain are the best you can find in the immediate Phoenix area. There are several lookout points along the drive up, and all of them offer great views of the surrounding areas.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Make sure and go early in the morning from April - September. Take a lot of water. Good parking, friendly people and good directions.

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