Map of bike paths / walking paths in Bakersfield, CA


Recreational trails for walking, running and cycling in Bakersfield, California

Bakersfield, California map area

Bakersfield, California

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Aera Park Trail

California State University Bakersfield Pathway

Kern River Parkway Trail

Mill Creek Linear Park Trail

Panorama Park Path

Park at Riverwalk Path

River Front Park Trail

Bakersfield is located in the southern part of the San Joaquin Valley in Central California. The city is a 2-hour drive from Downtown Los Angeles and a 4.5-hour drive form Sacramento. The Sierra Nevada mountains are located just east of Bakersfield and Sequoia National Park is a 2-hour drive to the north.

Bakersfield has one major recreational trail that extends throughout the city and has a separate section that extends eastward to Kern River County Park. There are also extensive walking paths in some of the larger parks in the city, such as The Park at River Walk, River Front Park and Panorama Park.

Mill Creek Linear Park

Mill Creek Linear Park is located in the heart of Bakersville. The park has a number of ponds and landscaped areas along Mill Creek. There are walkways that wrap around the ponds. The park is located an the east side of Downtown Bakersville.

Kern River Parkway Trail

The main multi-use recreational trail in Bakersfield is the Kern River Parkway Trail. The route of the 20-mile long paved pathway follows the river bed of the Kern River and extends through the entire Bakersfield area. This path is used for bike riding, walking, running, commuting and other outdoor activities. It travels next to several parks and has underpasses for most of the major road crossings.

The west end of the Kern River Parkway Trail is located at Enos Lane, 0.9-miles north of the interchange with Interstate 5. There is a trailhead with parking at this location. The paved pathway then heads to the east through natural areas for about 8 miles before going under S. Allen Road.

East of S. Allen Road, the trail runs alongside River Front Park, goes under Stockdale Highway then past The Park at Riverwalk. Just east of the highway underpass, there is an access path for the Kern River Parkway Trail that crosses the riverbed with a bridge and then heads over to Aera Park.

Heading east, the trail goes under Calloway Drive. At 0.9 miles from this underpass, there is a junction with the paved trail that heads south to the campus of California State University Bakersfield. The Kern River Parkway Trail continues heading east and passes under Coffee Road, Mohawk Street and Westside Parkway. The trail travels adjacent to Yokuts Park. After passing under Route 58, the trail goes past Bakersfield Skate Park and Beach Park.

The trail continues to the northeast along the riverbed, going under Golden State Avenue. At this location the trail goes by Sam Lynch Ball Park and Panorama Park.

The east end of this portion of the Kern River Parkway Trail is located at Alfred Harrell Highway near where it becomes China Grade Loop.

Another 5.7-mile long paved section of the Kern River Parkway Trail is located east of Bakersfield and north of Route 178. The west end of this portion is located at Royal Coach Circle, off of Fairfax Road. The trail then travels past the California Living Museum then up to Kern River County Park and Hart Memorial Park. Another branch of the trail heads off to Lake Ming.


Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the recreational trails in Bakersfield, California.

Individual Maps for Recreational Trails in Central California

Below is a list of links to the individual maps for specific recreational trails in Central California.

Many additional recreational trails are displayed on the maps for each city or county