The Tulare Santa Fe Trail is located in the heart of the Central San Joaquin Valley, one of the most productive agriculture areas in the world. The trail extends east to west across the central portion of the town of Tulare, connecting residential areas at each end with the downtown commercial area. The trail occupies a wide corridor, with planted trees and landscaping, separate biking and equestrian components, trail lighting in the central business area, distance markings each mile and multiple rest stops, featuring benches and drinking fountains.
The trail runs along a former spur line for the Southern Pacific and Burlington Northern/Santa Fe railroads, which once played a key role in transporting locally grown crops to markets across the country. The rail line ceased operations in 1989, and the trail was completed in 2004. The trail can be accessed easily along its entire length. Virtually all of Tulare's schools are within half a mile of the trail, providing a ready corridor for safe student travel.
Near mile 1, you'll come to Live Oak Park, the city's large, multi-use park, which lies adjacent to the trail on the northern side. The central portion of the trail passes directly through the downtown and redevelopment area. Enclosed on both sides with white picket fencing the equestrian trail is particularly attractive. (This trail segment does not extend through the downtown area.) Plans are under way to extend the rail-trail 7 miles north to the larger city of Visalia.
Parking and Trail Access
To access the northeast trailhead, take State Route 99 to E. Prosperity Ave. Follow the road east for 1.6 miles. The trailhead is on the right. There is no parking here, but a shopping center 0.5 mile west on E. Prosperity has plenty of parking.
To access the southwest trailhead, take SR 99 to E. Tulare Avenue (SR 137). Go west for 0.8 mile, turn left and follow M Street for two blocks. Turn right and follow W. Inyo Avenue for 2 miles. The trailhead is at the intersection of W. Inyo and W. Soults Dr. There is no parking at the trailhead, but you can look for parking in the neighborhood south of W. Soults Dr.
Santa Fe Trail West bound
Bike ride going West bound . Started on East end.
Parking at gas station on Mooney blvd and Prosperity is very good. Beware there is private parking posted to the South of gas station. Stock up on goodies at the gas station if needed.
Travel a 1/8 ...
Entire 4.8 mile Trail
This Excellent surfaced 4.8 mile trail, it is well equipped with drinking fountains. Near the east end of the trail, cross Hwy 63 on crosswalk 370 feet north of trail. No crosswalk/bike markings at West St, I used crosswalk, north, on Tulare Ave. There ...
Tulare Santa Fe Trail
Very little shade on this 4.8 mile trail, it is well equipped with drinking fountains. Surface in fine condition. No crosswalk/bike markings at West St, so no right away, use crosswalk, north, on Tulare Ave. There is a gap in the trail to cross RR Tracks, ...