The Cherry Creek Trail is a picturesque 40-mile route that begins in downtown Denver and connects Parker, Centennial and Franktown. This paved path begins near the Platte River Trail and Confluence Park, which marks the area where a gold discovery in 1858 led to the founding of the city. Trail-goers will journey southwest, paralleling Cherry Creek, through urban landscapes and parks and into the suburbs. Highlights of the route include the Cherry Creek Shopping District and Four Mile House and Historic Park, where one can learn about Denver's early pioneers. The trail ends in a wooded, hilly area south of Denver, near the scenic Castlewood Canyon State Park in Douglas County.
Parking and Trail Access
Begin at Confluence Park off of Water St. near 15th St. Also accessible from Cherry Creek State Park on Union Ave, west of Dayton, and many points along the way. There is, as of this writing, one section that is on-road: from south of Cherry Creek Reservoir in Cherry Creek State Park, you must detour at E. Caley Ave., west to Blackhawk, south on Jordon Road, east along Arapaho Road -- you'll want to use sidewalks here -- then the trail begins south of Arapaho Road east of Jordon (approximately 1/2 mile).
Excellent Urban Trail
I ride this trail often. I think of it in two parts, broken by a short on-road section. The northern half starts in downtown Denver, rides below the streets through town, through tony Cherry Creek, through the 'burbs and finally through Cherry Creek Reservoir ...
Great novice trail
My son rode from the trail head in Franktown and ended at Confluence Park in Denver. He loved it.
Trip from LoDo to Cherry Creek Reservoir - fantastic. Got bikes from Confluence Kayaks as we were on holiday from UK. Excellent weather and trail was relatively easy to follow - slightly uphill towards reservoir area. Got caught in thunderstorm on way ...