Santa Cruz Coastal Rail Trail


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Santa Cruz Coastal Rail Trail Facts

States: California
Counties: Santa Cruz
Length: 1.4 miles
Trail end points: Davenport and Watsonville
Trail surfaces: Concrete, Metal
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 10607635


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Santa Cruz Coastal Rail Trail Description

The Santa Cruz Coastal Rail Trail is a paved multi-use trail and it will eventually run 32 miles along California's Santa Cruz County coastline, from Davenport to Watsonville. 

Coastal Rail Trail Segment 7

West of downtown Santa Cruz, 1.2 miles of the eventual 2-mile multi-use path are open to the public. Stretching from Natural Bridges Drive to the intersection of Bay Street & California Street, the trail provides safe connections between neighborhoods, schools, parks, community facilities, and businesses. The route features 10 bright green bicycle crossings, several new pedestrian crosswalks, signage, and new fencing.

Construction is underway to finish the remaining 0.8 miles, which will extend the trail to Pacific Avenue and connect residents with the local beaches and shopping centers. From the beachfront area, the route will meet the next section of the Coastal Rail Trail, the San Lorenzo River Parkway Trestle Trail.

San Lorenzo River Parkway Trestle Trail (Segment 9)

The San Lorenzo River Parkway Trestle Trail was the first completed segment of the Coastal Rail Trail. From the intersection of Beach Street & 3rd Street to the intersection of E Cliff Drive & Hiawatha Avenue, the trail is about 0.1 miles long.

The trail crosses the San Lorenzo River using an active railroad trestle owned by the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission. The trail begins at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, where it connects to the Santa Cruz Riverwalk and the West Cliff Drive Bicycle Path. The bridge has views of the San Lorenzo River and the ocean. On the other side, it connects to the Seabright neighborhood and the eastern segment of the Santa Cruz Riverwalk, forming an important link for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Watsonville Rail Trail (Coastal Rail Trail Segment 18)

Segment 18 of the Santa Cruz Coastal Rail Trail is the Watsonville Rail Trail, which runs along a former railroad right-of-way in the City of Watsonville.

Santa Cruz to Watsonville

The segment from Santa Cruz to Watsonville should be completed by 2023. 

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available for a large fee at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk (100 Beach St).


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