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Open in two disconnected segments, the paved Railroad Safety Trail parallels active Union Pacific freight and Amtrak passenger lines through the heart of San Luis Obispo. Future plans call for the linking of the two segments, significantly increasing the trail's utility for city residents and visitors.
The northern portion of the rail-with-trail heads south from Cal Poly's football stadium to a point just north of US 101. Farther south, the older trail segment provides convenient access from San Luis Obispo's southeast neighborhoods to the local Amtrak station and downtown. A pedestrian crossing is provided over the railroad tracks at Osos Street. On the west side of the railroad tracks, a great attraction to visit is the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum (1940 Santa Barbara Avenue), just a block south of the railroad overpass.
Also, about midway along the southern segment, a spur runs up to Boulevard Del Campo, where travelers can take a side trip to reach Sinsheimer Park and the baseball stadium.
There are no official parking areas for the northern portion of the Railroad Safety Trail, but parking may be available on Cal Poly's campus. Be sure to obey any posted parking restrictions.
Street parking for the southern segment is available at the end of Boulevard Del Campo. Ample parking is also available in nearby Sinsheimer Park (900 Southwood Drive).
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