Community support has been integral to the creation of the Clovis Old Town Trail and Sugar Pine Trail, two adjoining rail-trails that link the communities of Clovis and Fresno. Joggers, cyclists, businesses and multiple environmental organizations all came together to support the rail-trails, which connect many existing area resources, including shops, restaurants and parks. Through tree planting efforts organized by the Coalition for Community Trails, about 4,400 trees planted along the trails offer users shade and beautiful scenery.
The Clovis Old Town Trail begins near Fresno Yosemite International Airport on the southern edge of Clovis and continues north along Clovis Avenue. The trail skirts many residential and commercial areas, with easy access along the entire length. Shopping centers along Clovis Avenue, Shaw Avenue, Nees Avenue and Willow Avenue offer a variety of restaurants for convenient mid-trip meals.
A highlight along the Clovis Old Town Trail is historic Old Town Clovis itself—the trail's namesake—just west of the trail, between 4th and 5th Streets. The charming town center has been lovingly restored to an early 19th century appearance, and a historic train depot, relocated from its original home approximately 1 mile south in Tarpey, occupies a prime downtown site at 4th Street and Clovis Avenue.
Additional highlights along the trail include the Clovis Rodeo Grounds, home to an annual April rodeo held since 1914, as well as Railroad Park on Peach Avenue and the connecting Dry Creek Trail at Minnewawa Avenue.
The Clovis Old Town Trail officially becomes the Sugar Pine Trail on Willow Avenue between Nees Avenue and Teague Avenue. Take that trail north along Willow Avenue and west along Shepherd Avenue through northern Fresno to eventually reach its terminus near the Shops at River Park.
To reach the southern trailhead in Clovis, from State Route 99, exit at SR 180E, proceed 7 miles and take Exit 63 (Clovis Avenue). Head north for 2.5 miles. The trailhead is on Clovis Avenue, 0.3 mile south of the intersection with Dakota Avenue. There is no parking at the trailhead, but you can park along Dakota Avenue.