Scenic Peavine Trail
Prescott’s most accessible trail
Story by Loren Worthington and Summer Sorg
Photos by Summer Sorg
This 12-mile loop trail is a hard-compacted gravel path that winds along the east side of Watson Lake in northern Prescott. Known for its dells (large scenic rocks), the lakeside trail offers unique views. Occasional shade trees line the relaxing, easy-to-traverse pathway. Peavine is a Rails to Trails pathway. Created when tracks are removed from former rail lines, these trails are wide and relatively smooth trail for hikers creates exceptional accessibility for wheelchair users. The trailhead has good parking and a picnic area with water fountains stationed at the start. There are no fountains along the path, so bringing a personal water bottle is essential. A few benches mark designated resting points, but there are long stretches without any. Pets and bikes are allowed, and the pathway is wide enough to allow each to pass comfortably.
The best part of this trail lies about three miles in. There, you get close to the water and the rock formations jutting from it. A little lagoon appears between two slender canyons. It’s truly special spot to watch kayakers and paddle borders also coming to enjoy the amazing oasis.
Once you pass the lake, there’s not as much to see, but it’s definitely a great place to exercise while taking on some special country.
*Parking is $3. Free on Wednesdays.
*Two hour drive from Phoenix
* Dogs Allowed
* Open year round
Loren Worthington is Ability360’s Marketing and Communications Manager and Publisher of LivAbility Magazine. He has an extensive portfolio of work as a videographer and photographer with an emphasis on sports photography. He was an official photographer for TeamUSA at the Summer Games in Rio. You’ve seen his work in numerous Arizona-based outlets and nationally in New Mobility Magazine and Sports N Spokes.
Summer Sorg is a student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication specializing in photography and digital journalism. Her heart lies in storytelling, nature and exploring. Summer plans to use her talents to highlight important issues and inspire people to care.