Explore 72 of the best rail-trails and other multiuse pathways in California.
All across the country, unused railroad corridors have been converted into public multiuse 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 multiuse pathways. Many rail-trails are paved and run within view of the most scenic parts of town. Others, such as the 13-mile 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 Tahoe Trailways Bike Path on your way to Sugar Pine Point State Park. Whether you’re on feet, wheels, or skates, 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
- Driving directions to trailheads
- Icons indicating the activities that each trail can accommodate
- Information you can rely on from the official guide to rail-trails