Poudre Trail (Fort Collins)

Colorado

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Poudre Trail (Fort Collins) Facts

States: Colorado
Counties: Larimer
Length: 12.3 miles
Trail end points: CSU Environmental Learning Center (Fort Collins) and County 52E (Bellevue Watson Fish Hatchery)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6015412

Poudre Trail (Fort Collins) Description

The Poudre Trail in Fort Collins follows the meandering course of the Poudre River from the Bellevue Watson Fish Hatchery to Colorado State University's Environmental Learning Center on East Drake. The trail passes through wooded corridors and among agricultural and natural areas, small lakes and holding ponds, parks and light industrial sites. There are plans to extend the Poudre Trail at its southern terminus east toward I-25.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Poudre Trail is available at the school in Laporte (along US 287B); at Lyons Park (N. Overland Trail road); near the trail's intersection with Taft Hill Rd./CR 19; by the Farm at Lee Martinez Park off N. Sherwood St. and at the nearby Mason Ct. and Cherry St.; at Udall Natural Area (E. Lincoln near Riverside avenues); off Sharp Point Dr. south of Prospect; and at CSU's Enrivonmental Learning Center (2400 South County Road 9).

Poudre Trail (Fort Collins) Reviews

Nice concrete trail

I was a bit skeptical of this trail at first since it starts out quite twisty and winding with a lot of debris from the trees. It also passes a few parking lots but once that’s behind you it starts to get much nicer. There are only a couple of road crossings - the rest you go underneath the bridges with the stream that parallels much of the trail. I did most of the trail on inline skates and it worked out fine.

Nice trail

Paved trail. Mostly exposed to sun with some shade. Runs right along the river with nice views of mountains. If not from the area, there are local bike shops that rent bikes. In addition, there are restrooms and water fountains on the trail. I felt safe and enjoyed the trail.

Excellent “urban” trail

Though this trail is in the city of Fort Collins, it is hard to call it an “urban” trail as most of it twists and turns pleasantly through the pretty woodlands and open grasslands along the Poudre River. There are many parks and nature areas along the way. The sections that are in the city proper are still very nice and do not give the ugly industrial scenes or heavily residential views other urban trails usually end up providing. Except for a couple brief sections, it is not very close to roads. There are only 2 road crossings that have to be made. Trail itself was in excellent condition with some newly reopened/repaired sections. Only place where there was construction was at the far western end in Bellevue - a couple hundred yards from the end of the trail anyway.

Flat

I did this trail on a longboard. I started at N. College and the museum and went up to Bellevue. The trail is very pretty but it is very flat for a longboard, I pushed there and back. The concrete is in good condition with saw cuts for the expansion joints and the asphalt is also in good condition. Nice ride if you are looking to stay under 10 MPH.

Accordion

awesome trail

Beautiful ride along the Poudre River, multiple parking locations to jump on the path in convenient locations close to town.

Best city trail

The residents of FoCo is so privileged to have such an asset. It is simply one of the best city trails for the whole family. And easy access to some of the best coffee shops and eateries.

Where to park our Kenworth 18 wheeler so we can ride this trail

We carry our bikes cross country so we can take advantage of time off and ride! Parking is a problem with our Kenworth. If there is anyone out there with parking information it would be so appreciated. Thanks!

Great trail

My wife and I rode this trail yesterday and it was a fun and easy trail to ride. There are plenty of directional signs to follow. There is still one section closed due to the spring flooding, but the detour signs are easy to follow. The detour takes you down some side streets using a bike lane. That was our first time using them and didn't feel nervous at all.
The trail meanders along the river bank and wasn't that busy with other walkers and riders. Round trip was about 26 miles. We do plan on riding this again.

Goes to Greeley now

On my last trip to Greeley I walked a section of this trail. It is now very lengthy and beautiful! I had ridden some of the sections in Fort Collins about a decade ago and found this trail to be a very nice ride.

Poudre Ft Collins

Great family outing. Flat, wide paved trail along the river, but close to town. Lots of scenery.

Poudre River Trail extension

This trail now extends 2 miles west to the Watson Lake fish hatchery and the hamlet of Bellvue.

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