The Loveland Recreation Trail encircles the "Gateway to the Rockies," offering views of the mountains and access to many of Loveland's natural treasures. While the trail is mostly complete, there are some on-road connecting segments. Contact Loveland's Parks and Recreation Department for the latest developments (see the Related Links box).
Much of the trail follows the Big Thompson River, passing through Centennial Park, Fairgrounds Park and Seven Lakes Park, each offering drinking fountains, restrooms, places to picnic and other recreational amenities. For those traveling with children, Fairgrounds Park is especially worth a stop with its sprayground, skate park, athletic fields, playgrounds and interesting sculptures. The trail also provides access to Boyd Lake State Park, a popular spot for sailing, swimming, fishing and other water sports.
On the western side of Loveland, the trail travels through agricultural landscapes and residential areas, as well as Mehaffey Park.
Parking can be found at the community parks along the trail: Centennial Park (977 W. 1st Street), Fairgrounds Park (700 S. Railroad Avenue) and Seven Lakes Park (1975 Park Drive). Parking can also be found in Boyd Lake State Park (3720 N. County Road 11), although a day pass is required to enter the park.