The paved Dry Creek Trail begins near downtown Modesto and meanders east through a series of neighborhood parks along Dry Creek. The pathway features a couple of footbridges and roadway underpasses and is well-used by locals; you will usually see herds of people walking, running, skating and biking, with many accompanied by leashed dogs.
Variable amounts of water flow through Dry Creek according to rainfall, but even at its driest the area is beautiful. A variety of vegetation abounds, including eucalyptus towards the western end of the trail and native oaks to the east. An assortment of resident valley birds and small animals may be seen and heard on your journey. In the winter, migrating birds appear on and near the creek.
Near the trail's midpoint, East La Loma Park offers children's play areas, tennis courts, restrooms, parking and an extensive Frisbee golf course. (Access is free but bring your own Frisbee.) During summer afternoons, the sections of the trail that are less shaded can become extremely hot, so it is recommended that you carry a large supply of cool water, as drinking fountains are few and far between and sometimes out of order.
Parking for the Dry Creek Trail is available at Moose Park (512 N. Morton Boulevard) and East La Loma Park (2001 Edgebrook Drive) in Modesto.