The Compton Creek Bike Path crosses the city of Compton along the east bank of Compton Creek, providing precious open space access to the urban neighborhoods along the way. Compton Creek itself is a tributary to the Los Angeles River and is channelized to provide flood control protection to the area. The first 3.3 miles of the Bike Path is a paved trail extending from El Segundo Boulevard south through the residential neighborhoods of Compton to Greenleaf Blvd. This segment provides access to schools, the civic center, churches, and the Metro light rail line station. It has great potential for numerous greenway connections to schools and the development of pocket parks along the route. A Garden Park Master Plan has been created with the community taskforce to envision the length of the creek in this section filled with parks and open space amenities. An equestrian trail runs along the west bank of the creek and is used by several clubs and riders from adjacent neighborhoods.
Another 2-mile section of paved trail exists further south along the creek, but is separated from the main trail by the light rail line, the Artesia Freeway, and the east fork of Compton Creek. Access to this southern segment is limited to a few large streets and the trail ends at the confluence of Compton Creek and the Los Angeles River. This section of the Creek channel has a natural bottom, so during parts of the year, the channel bottom is covered with vegetation, and path users can spot herons, egrets and other wildlife.