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Sunday, September 6, 2009


FLOWING SPRINGS Tonto National Forest Sand, sycamores and limestone escarpments along this informal fisherman’s path, make for an easy day hike with plenty to explore. Adventures await both up and downstream—just pick a direction and start hiking along the water. Although it’s short in length, long stretches of soft sand along the banks of the East Verde River give calf muscles a satisfying workout. With access to campgrounds and restrooms, this trail is a favorite destination for those with tots in tow. HIGHLIGHTS: scenic water hike with kid-friendly facilities LENGTH: 2 miles roundtrip RATING: easy ELEVATION RANGE: 4,460 – 4,500 feet DRIVING DISTANCE FROM PHOENIX: 108 miles one way GETTING THERE: From the junction of Highways 87 and 260 in Payson, go north on Highway 87 fro 4.6 miles to Flowing Springs Road, turn right and continue for a half-mile to the parking area on the left. INFORMATION: (928) 474-7900

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