Little Mill Campground is located in American Fork Canyon camping on the banks of American Fork Creek. This popular campground is a great place to escape the hot summer days while hiking or fishing.
American Fork Creek is a favorite among fly-fisherman. The creek is stocked with rainbow trout.
The 20-mile paved Alpine Loop Scenic Byway passes the campground, traveling through alpine canyons, mountain meadows, aspen groves and pine forests, providing breathtaking views of the Wasatch Range. This road is not recommended for vehicles over 30 feet in length.
The campground contains one group site and several family sites, many of which are accessible. Vault toilets are provided.
34 single sites-$24.00, capacity - 8 people
2 double sites-$48.00, capacity - 16 people
1 overnight group site - $185.00, capacity - 50 people
Day Use - $9.00
Extra Vehicle Fee - $9.00 per vehicle
The campground is situated among dense stands of aspen, oak and maple trees, which provide nice shade and beautiful autumn color. Wildlife and summer wildflowers are abundant.
Nearby Tibble Fork and Silver Flat Reservoirs offer canoeing, kayaking and fishing for rainbow, brook and brown trout. A portion of the north shore at Tibble Fork is accessible. Both reservoirs are open only to non-motorized watercraft. Scuba divers frequent Tibble Fork's south shore.
Hiking and mountain biking trails abound at Tibble Fork, some beginning at the reservoir and others nearby. The 6-mile Tibble Fork Trail, 2-mile Pine Hollow Trail, 3-mile Mill Canyon Trail and the 15-mile Ridge Trail are in the vicinity.
Timpanogos Cave National Monument is just a few miles down American Fork Canyon, with a rewarding but steep 1.5-mile hike to a guided tour of the spectacular three-room cave system. The trail offers stunning views of American Fork Canyon.
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This campground is beautiful. It is small and next to a little river. Has lots of spots for rvs and ttent camping. Camp hosts are great.
This is a great spot to pitch a tent close to the creek or take your RV. If you are planning on camping on the weekend plan on a crowd because it is so close to AF. Week days are the easiest days to get a spot. Call ahead and reserve a spot for a weekend. I have stayed here a few times and really haven't found a bad campsite. They are all roomy and close to the creek.
All spots have a nice fire ring pit, nice picnic table, bathrooms, and lots of shade and room. Most are creek side or close enough to the creek that you can hear it. You are also close to the road so the creek sounds drown out the road sounds.
This is really close to tibble fork reservoir, or timpanogos cave National monument. Both spot are only a 5 minute drive. Because this campground is so close to AF and Lehi it can get really busy in the Spring, Summer and Fall. Go mid week or book your spot in advance. This is a great spot to sit by the fire and beat the summertime heat in a beautiful canyon.
As far as wildlife there are deer, elk, big horn sheep, wild turkeys, squirrels and black bear. Even being so close to the city you can and will see lots of wildlife.
I have stayed here a bunch of times like I said mostly on the week days because the weekends get so crowded from what I can tell there is no bad spots in this campground. There are lots of big rocks the kids can play on good hikes close by, lots of great rock climbing and the creek is fun to play in and has some really good fishing, make sure to bring your pole or fly rod because there are lots of hungry trout in the creek.
You can get online reservations so that you know you have a spot at their website, it is better to book ahead on weekends or on summer holidays. Site start at $24 and go up in price. https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/231935
We've been up this canyon many times before, mostly for climbing. This canyon holds some of the most historic sport routes in America as some of the hardest routes in the country, at the time, were established here in the late 80's and early 90's. A place of particular interest if you're looking for hard routes is the infamous Hell Cave with all routes being 5.13 and up. Teardrop is a favorite among climbers looking to redpoint their first 13.
Now on to the campsite. We've always come here during the week, but it can be safe to say the weekend is a zoo up here given its proximity to the Wasatch metro. There are fire rings and picnic tables at all of the spots and they're all within a few minutes walk of the creek. Also within about 5-10 minutes are over 50 beginner, moderate, and intermediate routes with a few tough ones mixed in! Our favorite wall around here is Serenity Wall given how close it is and because we're huge fans of Firefly!
As a Ranger for The Dyrt, I get to test products from outdoor and lifestyle brands from time to time. On this trip we got to test some Oofos clogs.
If you do lots of hiking, trail running, or climbing like I do then having sore hips, knees, and ankles, is part of the game. With the Oofos clogs however, the game has changed! Here are some of the things I liked about the clogs and some things I would change!
• They are super light and were very easy to stuff into a backpack. When going through really rough terrain it's essential to pack light but being able to switch out of your hiking boots after the approach is a necessity. With these I was able to give my feet a break from my stiff boots while also helping them recover and ease pain in my arch.
• They really do help you recover and have great traction! I walked all over the campground in these and didn't slip once even on a dirty, loose limestone/dolomite slope. Its rare that you're able to wear a clog or flipflop all the way to the base of a crag but with these I managed just fine. Because of this I am definitely going to use them at the hospital I work at since I wont have to worry about them slipping off while I'm working with patients!
• I say con because there was only 1 thing I didn't like about these clogs. Even though these are the sport model I think they should have made air holes on both sides of the shoe to allow for more breathability. I can't wear these without socks as my feet turn the insides into a swampy muddy mess that feels really gross. I remedy that by always wearing socks with them but it would have been nice to be able to rock them barefoot.
We LOVED Little Mill! It’s the perfect campground. It has the smell of pine trees, a babbling brook, and it is just down the road from Timpanogos Cave National Monument. What more could a camper want?
We had a great tent site that was on the side near the mountain and across from us were campsites next to the road and the river. We did not hear any road noise at all, just the sound of wind in the trees and the water flowing. It was so peaceful!
This campground was recently renovated, making it one of the nicest in the area. It has an interesting layout, where it is long and narrow along the American Fork river and SR92. The flow of the campground makes it nice for larger setups (though not huge). This is the campground of choice if you plan to go to Timpanogos Cave, which you should check out if you are anywhere near by.
Little Mill campground is a quick trip up American Fork Canyon. Runs parallel to the popular alpine loop road and the creek. Close to TImpanogas Cave trailhead.
Great relaxing family time, fishing on river close, close to tribble fork and silver lakes
We arrived late but found maybe the last campsite available. Check in was easy, campsite was nice. The other campers weren't loud when trying to sleep. Plus it's open longer than any other campsites around so that makes it a real treat when it gets cold
This is a really easy-access campground so it’s great for little kids. beautiful canyon, lots of spots, and just a great time! If you’re looking to really rough it though, go further up the canyon
Little Mill is beautiful and so easy to access. I appreciate that it's first come first serve for last minute campers like me.