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Rail-Trails California: The Definitive Guide to the State's Top Multiuse Trails

Rail-Trails California: The Definitive Guide to the State's Top Multiuse Trails

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Publication Date: June 13th, 2023
Wilderness Press
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Explore 72 of the best rail-trails and other multiuse pathways throughout California.

All across the country, unused railroad corridors have been converted into public multiuse trails. Level and accessible, these paths are ideal for a brisk fitness walk, bike ride, or stroll with the family. In Rail-Trails California, the experts from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy present the best of these routes, as well as other multiuse pathways. Many rail-trails are paved and run within view of the most scenic parts of town. Others, such as the Merced River Trail, offer rugged scenery on ungroomed, mostly dirt, and somewhat wild paths.

Take in the Southern California sunshine on the smooth Bayshore Bikeway. Enjoy sandy beaches, sea lions, and shopping along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail. Travel between two artificial lakes on the Crystal Springs Regional Trail or between two dams on the Sacramento River Rail Trail. Find public art, a Japanese garden, and a wildlife preserve along the Orange Line Bike Path. Experience the varying personalities of the 25-mile Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail. Whether you're on feet or wheels, you'll love the variety in this collection of multiuse trails

Inside you'll find:

  • Informative descriptions written by rail-trail experts

Detailed maps for every featured trail

GPS coordinates of parking waypoints

Icons indicating the activities that each trail accommodates

Information you can rely on from the official guide to rail-trails

"You can now throw away all your self-help books on fighting depression, losing weight, toning muscles, finding something to do with your kids, and learning American history. Just use this guide, find a great trail--and enjoy "

--Peter Harnik, Director, Center for City Park Excellence, Trust for Public Land

About the Author

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to converting former railroad corridors to public, multiuse recreational trails that offer easy access to runners, hikers, bicyclists, skaters, wheelchair users, and equestrians. It serves as the national voice for more than 160,000 members and supporters, more than 23,000 miles of open rail-trails across the country, and more than 8,000 miles of potential trails waiting to be built--with a goal of ensuring a better future for America made possible by trails and the connections they inspire.