Benson Marina, Benson, Utah
Birds, Cutler Marsh, Cutler Reservoir, Cache Valley, Mountains, Fishing
2.2 Mile Loop
Gravel and dirt trail that can be pretty overgrown in summer
Trail Head:41.78664N, 111.95471W
The Benson Railroad Trail is a great little trail in the middle of Cache Valley in Northern Utah. It makes a loop around part of Cutler Reservoir and provides great views of the surrounding mountains, and the many birds who live in the Cutler Marsh. The trail is open year round and the types of birds you see fluctuates a lot with the seasons. There is a small parking lot right off the Benson Marina that is the trail head.
The trail starts out as a gravel path with several great spots to set up for fishing.
It soon turns east and follows an old railroad grade that now houses power lines. This area can become pretty overgrown in summer. I prefer to visit in spring anyway.
There are great views of the reservoir throughout the hike.
The trail is named for the old bridge that you will cross which is a great place to set up for fishing, or bow fishing.
There are great views of the Wellsville Mountains.
Mount Naomi is the tallest peak in Northern Utah, and the Bear River Range. It is a few feet shy of 10,000 feet and looks over Cutler Reservoir.
Here is a pretty panorama of the Bear River Range visible from the trail.
This is a great trail in Cache Valley that is great for a family walk or exercise for anyone visiting the area. I have spent many evenings wave running in the water, bird watching, and hiking this uncrowded trail.