Loveland Recreation Trail

Colorado

Loveland Recreation Trail Facts

States: Colorado
Counties: Larimer
Length: 18.6 miles
Trail end points: W. 57th St. and N. Taft Ave. and Peakview Commercial Park west of US 287
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6744102
Trail activites: Bike, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Loveland Recreation Trail Description

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 and Trail Access

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.

Loveland Recreation Trail Reviews

We rode the entire length of the trail and enjoyed much of it. The Boyd Lake area is especially pleasant. Since the trail is not complete, it seemed to leave us wondering how to connect to the next completed section. Signage needs improvement, especially since the trail is not finished. The section along 57th Street was a nightmare, with no bike lane on a very busy road. The anticipated completion of this section will be a great improvement, whenever that happens.

East Portion - Park at 1st and Monroe, ride west to end at Wilson Ave, turn around and ride to the east end at the top of Boyd Lake, turn around and return to start - 15 miles. Mostly flat, except for the hill up to 1st St from the river. A variety of scenery from neighborhoods to lake views. The west portion (Eisenhower to 57ST) is not easily accessible from the east portion. You have to climb a steady hill on Wilson Ave. The west portion is a combination of open fields and neighborhoods.

Beautiful ride along a good size lake, farmland, along a river, etc.

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