Travel through the orchards south of Chico on the Midway Bike Path, which runs toward Durham on the abandoned Sacramento Northern Railway right-of-way. The trail is one of the most popular and scenic in the college town's rapidly expanding trail network.
The Sacramento Northern Railway once ran commuter service from Chico to Oakland and San Francisco via Sacramento. Various sections of the right-of-way have been converted to trail use, including the Chico Airport Bike Path on the northern edge of the city.
From the Midway Bike Path's northern end, take W. 20th Street to the designated bike route and lane on Salem Street to reach California State University, Chico (Chico State) and the city's downtown. From the trail's southern end, continue on low-stress Jones Avenue through seemingly endless orchards to reach downtown Durham.
There are no official parking areas for the Midway Bike Path, but parking may be found on adjacent residential streets in Chico. Be sure to obey any posted parking restrictions.