Community support has been integral to the creation of the Fresno Sugar Pine Trail, also known as the Clovis Old Town Trail. Joggers, cyclists, businesses and multiple environmental organizations all came together to support this rail-trail, which runs 13 miles through Clovis and Fresno. It connects many existing area resources, including the Yosemite International Airport, Woodward Park and the 23-mile San Joaquin River Parkway Trail. Through tree planting efforts organized by the Coalition for Community Trails, about 4,400 trees planted along it offer trail users shade and beautiful scenery.
Known collectively as the FresnoClovis Rail-Trail, this path was created by combining two separate railroad corridors and stretches from southern Clovis to northern edge of Fresno. The portion in Fresno is known as the Sugar Pine Trail, and once it enters Clovis it is referred to as the Clovis Old Town Trail. The Clovis Old Town Trail begins near the Yosemite International Airport and continues north along Clovis Avenue. The Clovis Old Town Trail officially becomes the Fresno Sugar Pine Trail on Willow Avenue between Nees Avenue and East Shepherd Avenue, which leads westward along East Shepherd Avenue to the River Park Shopping Center in Fresno.
In Fresno, the trail begins at Fresno Street and Nees Avenue and runs along Eriant Road to Shepherd then east to Willow Avenue. The trail runs south along Willow Avenue and continues southeast into Clovis. Underpasses carry the trail through busy intersections in Clovis and Fresno.
The Clovis Old Town Trail skirts many residential and commercial areas, with easy access along the entire length. Outdoor restaurants at Willow Station, a mall area at Willow and Nees in Clovis, offer seating overlooking the trail, and additional restaurants and stores are within walking distance to the trail as it continues near Shepherd Road. The trail transitions from commercial to residential near the end, becoming a wide and spacious corridor bordered by mature trees.
The trail ends at River Park Shopping Center in Fresno, a large mall complex near the intersection of State Route 41 and Nees Avenue. The trailhead is under the SR 41 overpass and is equipped with benches and a drinking fountain. There is ample parking and a wide choice of eateries at the mall across the street.
Parking and Trail Access
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.
To reach the northern trailhead in Fresno, from SR 41, exit at SR 135 (Friant Road/Blackstone Avenue). Go south on Friant/Blackstone 0.5 mile and turn left on West Nees Avenue. The trailhead is on the left under the freeway overpass. There is no parking at the trailhead, but you will find ample parking at River Park Mall, on your right.