Rail-Trails California

Rail-Trails California


The Definitive Guide to the State’s Top Multiuse Trails

Explore 72 of the best rail-trails and other multiuse pathways throughout California.

All across the country, unused railroad corridors have been converted into public multi-use trails. Level and accessible, these paths are ideal for a brisk fitness walk, bike ride, or stroll with the family. In Rail-Trails California, the experts from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy present the best of these routes, as well as other multi-use pathways. Many rail-trails are paved and run within view of the most scenic parts of town. Others, such as the Merced River Trail, offer rugged scenery on ungroomed, mostly dirt, and somewhat wild paths.

Take in the Southern California sunshine on the smooth Bayshore Bikeway. Enjoy sandy beaches, sea lions, and shopping along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail. Travel between two artificial lakes on the Crystal Springs Regional Trail or between two dams on the Sacramento River Rail Trail. Find public art, a Japanese garden, and a wildlife preserve along the Orange Line Bike Path. Experience the varying personalities of the 25-mile Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail. Whether you’re on feet or wheels, you’ll love the variety in this collection of multiuse trails!

Inside you’ll find:

  • Informative descriptions written by rail-trail experts
  • Detailed maps for every featured trail
  • GPS coordinates of parking waypoints
  • Icons indicating the activities that each trail accommodates
  • Information you can rely on from the official guide to rail-trails

“You can now throw away all your self-help books on fighting depression, losing weight, toning muscles, finding something to do with your kids, and learning American history. Just use this guide, find a great trail—and enjoy!”
—Peter Harnik, Director, Center for City Park Excellence, Trust for Public Land

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Publication Date

June 13, 2023


Wilderness Press


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