Wither you go all the way to the nephi canyon or just up to a hiking or camping spot it is beautiful! There are lots of places to stop and hike (fern grotto is a good easy hike). Fun place to camp also. Payson lakes fishing exploring or swimming... Plenty to do!
We loved taking Sunday afternoon drives up into Payson canyon when we lived in Payson. They have gorgeous lakes and camping grounds, especially in the fall. We had a designated fire building spot at Payson Canyon Park where we roasted hot dogs an marshmallows. We would often see deer and other wild life. It is fun to hike to small waterfalls or mountain tops as a family
The lakes are great fishing. Do know they get crowded in the summertime and it costs money to park. Beautiful drive but be warned; lots of winding roads makes some kids car sick. My girls have thrown up 3 times in one trip before. Nice camping spots at the top.