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Taft Rails to Trails is a short pathway across the small city that is situated on the southwestern edge of the San Joaquin Valley. The trail occupies a corridor formerly home to the Sunset Railroad, which was built to transport oil from the productive oil fields in this part of Kern County to the county seat and largest city of Bakersfield.
In the future, the city plans to extend the trail west along the out-of-service rail corridor to the tiny community of Fellows—once an oil boomtown and still surrounded by the massive Midway-Sunset Oil Field—and southeast towards the small city of Maricopa.
A large public parking lot can be found adjacent to the trail on the corner of 2nd Street and Main Street in downtown Taft.
I walk this path every day. There are two new sections, one at each end so it's much longer than the 1.4. I would like to know the distance myself. There are water fountains that include dog basins. It a nice pleasant walk. Many people bike and or run.
The Taft Sunset Railway Trail is a great start for the city of Taft. Already, other additions to the trail are being realized: an oilman memorial, a display of the historical oil fields of the area, and oil equipment displays. Put this trail on your list.
"Ample parking adjacent to the East Trail head N35.13820 W119.45542 elev 969’. A trail in a Green Belt through town. This grainy asphalt surface does not have one crack in the entire 1.11 mile length of the trail. Considering the hot summer temperatures which have faded all paint markings, this asphalt has an excellent formula that should be used on other trails. Well equipped with benches but no water or restrooms. Open views of old town and of mountains. Turned around at west end, N35.14116 W119.47402 elev 1066’.
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