Map of the recreational trails in the Santa Cruz area


Recreational Trails in Santa Cruz, California

San Cruz, California map area

San Cruz, California

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Anna Jean Cummings Park Trail

Arana Gulch Trail

Cliff Drive Path

De La Veaga Park Trail

La Barranca Park Trail

Lighthouse Field State Beach Path

Neary Lagoon Pier Trail

Old Vineyard Trail

Santa Cruz Riverwalk


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Santa Cruz is a city located to the south of the San Francisco Bay area in Central California. The city is located on the northern edge of Monterey Bay and is directly south of San Jose. The city is home to the University of Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Wharf.

Santa Cruz Riverwalk

The Santa Cruz Riverwalk is a paved pathway that follows along both sides of the channel for the San Lorenzo River for 2 miles in the heart of Santa Cruz. The trail offers a way to travel through town on a bike or on foot away from traffic and has underpasses at the major roadways.

The north end of the Riverwalk is located to the north of Highway 1 and to the east of River Street. The trail goes past San Lorenzo Park, Riverside Gardens Park, Mike Fox Park, the Santa Cruz Big Trees and Pacific Railway Boradwalk Station and the Santa Crux Beach Boradwalk and Amusement Park.

The south end of the Santa Cruz Riverwalk is located along Beach Street at Lebrandt Avenue.

Cliff Drive Path

The Cliff Drive Path is a 2.6-mile long paved pathway that follows alongside W. Cliff Road and above the cliffs along the shores of Monterey Bay. The path offers beautiful views across the bay, crashing waves and has landscaped areas with park benches. The west end of the trail is located at Natural Bridges State Beach. The trail goes past the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, Seal Rock, and Lighthouse Field State Park.

The east end of Cliff Drive Path is located at the intersection of Bay Street and W. Cliff Drive. This point is just west of the Municipal Wharf.


Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the recreational trails for bike riding, running and walking in Santa Cruz, 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