This trail is a Class I bicycle trail which is open to pedestrians as well. The trail is 7.2 miles, one way, from the Neptune access (west end) to the eastern-most point on the College Bridge. The trail follows the path to the San Luis Rey River. This relatively flat trail is safe for all age groups, is completely separate from motorized traffic, and is free of stop signs and traffic lights.
This multiuse trail may be used for recreational purposes by other non-motorized users such as hikers, runners, and roller-bladers. It is not intended for equestrian use due to its design and limited width. Motor vehicles are prohibited. Walkers and runners are welcome to bring their dogs to the trail for exercise as well. Dogs using the trail must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet. If you use the trail with your four-legged friends, please pick up after them to keep the trail enjoyable for everyone!
The west end of the trail is within a few blocks of the Oceanside Transit Center, where commuters can board the Coaster, Amtrak, and Metrolink trains, or North County Transit District buses, all of which can accommodate bicycles.
For commuter information call:
North County Transit District: (760) 966-6500
Metrolink: (800) 371-LINK (5465)
Coaster: (800) COASTER
Access 1 is the western-most entrance and marks the official start of the trail at the 0.0 mile marker. It is within a few blocks of the Oceanside Transit Center, where commuters can board the Coaster, Amtrak, and Metrolink trains, or North County Transit District buses, all of which can accommodate bicycles. This access will eventually link with the Coastal Rail Trail that will run in a north-south direction connecting to Carlsbad and further into San Diego.
Access 3 lies just west of the Oceanside Municipal Airport. Access the Benet Road entrance off Highway 76. Head east on Highway 76 and turn left on Benet Road. There is no parking lot at this access point.
The Benet Road access is located at mile marker 2.4 on the trail.
Access 4 lies northeast of the Oceanside Municipal Airport and can be accessed off Highway 76. Head east on Highway 76, turn left on Foussat Road, and follow the road to the trail access parking lot.
Located at mile marker 3.2 on the trail.
Access 6 lies further north and inland at the 5.4 mile marker and may be reached by traveling east on Highway 76. Turn left on Douglas Drive and travel approximately 1 mile. The access and small parking lot is located on the left-hand side of Douglas Drive. Access to the parking lot is not available when traveling north. To safely access the lot and trail, travel to North River Road, turn around and head south. Turn right into the lot at the Douglas Bridge overpass.
Access 7 is the easternmost access point for the trail.
Access 7 is at Mance Buchanon Park which offers a larger parking lot, a staging area, restrooms, water fountains, shaded picnic tables, shaded grass areas and an additional pathway that loops the park. The College Boulevard access can be reached by traveling east on Highway 76 to Douglas Drive. Turn left on Douglas Drive and travel approximately 1.2 miles. Turn right on North River Road traveling east to College Boulevard. Turn right on College; the trail access is immediately following your right turn.
The College Blvd. access marks the 7.2 mile marker. From College to North Santa Fe Avenue there is an additional 1.8 miles = 9 miles total.
Bike lane detours onto surface street for ¼ mile.
Bike lane detours onto surface street for ¼ mile.
Access 10 is the easternmost access point for the trail.
Located in the northeast section of Carlsbad and bordering the City of Oceanside, Lake Calavera is an open space preserve that is popular with hikers, mountain bikers, and nature lovers. Lake Calavera Preserve was set aside to conserve natural lands for the protection of native plants and wildlife. Recreational use is welcomed but must be compatible with habitat and species protection. Leashed dogs are allowed on the trail. Please pick up after your pet!
Oak Riparian Park, located at 4625 Lake Boulevard, connects to over 6.4 miles of trails via Carlsbad’s Calavera Trail System, providing access to the Lake Calavera Trails. Other access point can be located in the City of Carlsbad. For more information on this and other Carlsbad trails, visit www.carlsbadca.gov/services/departments/parksandrec/trails/Pages/default.aspx.
This mile-long nature trail along Garrison Creek at El Corazon Park was opened May 2, 2016. To access the trailhead, enter the park at 3210 Oceanside Blvd. at the Agriservice and Moody’s street entrance, just east of El Camino Real. The trail will be open to the public Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Sundays. This slice of rural life in the heart of Oceanside offers the chance to soak in peace and tranquility. The trail flows through mule fat, coastal sage scrub, and riparian habitats along Garrison Creek. The area is home to many sensitive plants and wildlife that can be seen and heard along the trail. A second trail is also open to the public. The View Trail is located behind the El Corazon Senior Center and meanders along the former sand mining area of El Corazon. It offers beautiful ocean and sunset views. To access this trail, use the El Corazon Senior Center driveway off of Rancho Del Oro Drive. Please note that the trails are only open to pedestrians--no motorized vehicles, bicycles, horses, or dogs are allowed.
El Corazon Park currently features SoCal Sports Complex, 20 playing fields for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey and other sports. The El Corazon Senior Center is on site. Future plans include the El Corazon Aquatics Center.
These guidelines are intended for the safety, enjoyment, and efficient use of the trail for all users. Please call (760) 435-4500 to report any non-emergency problems or illegal activities.
For more information please contact:
City of Oceanside
300 N. Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA 92054