Oceanside has been a longstanding bicycle friendly community and we only aim to get better every year! Oceanside features two separate paved bicycle trails, tucked away from the busy traffic. Please make sure to obey all traffic laws, common courtesies and to pack your trash.
The Coastal Rail Trail will one day run 44 miles from Oceanside to San Diego along the Coaster commuter rail. Short sections of the developing trail are currently open in Oceanside, Carlsbad, Solana Beach and Encinitas.
In Oceanside, two trail segments allow for non-motorized travel through the city's dense downtown. From near the Oceanside Transportation Center at Tyson Street to Oceanside Boulevard, the paved trail runs on the west side of the train tracks. Two blocks west of the north end lies Tyson Street Park, which offers an ocean beach and a large grassy area perfect for picnicking. A second paved segment south of Loma Alta Creek runs from Morse Street to Vista Way, with a crossing of the active train tracks required at Cassidy Street (adjacent to Lions Club Park).
While the construction of the missing Coastal Rail Trail segments are underway, we recommend using The Strand or Pacific Street to avoid high traffic areas.
This trail is a Class I bicycle trail which is open to pedestrians as well. The trail about 9 miles, one way, from the Neptune access (west end) to the eastern-most point at N Sante Fe Ave and SR-76. The trail follows the San Luis Rey River and was the formerly a railroad corridor. This paved and mostly level trail is safe for all age groups, is completely separate from motorized traffic, and is free of stop signs and traffic lights. Please note that there are no lights on this trail and after daylight hours use is discouraged.
This multiuse trail may be used for recreational purposes by other non-motorized users such as hikers, runners, inline skaters, and wheel-chairs. 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!
This trail is the perfect opportunity to bring some binoculars and an Audubon Guide for bird viewing. Speaking of things that fly, this is also a great place to watch the skydivers from the Oceanside Municipal Airport come in for a landing. However, you may hear both of these flyers long before you see them.
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 connected to Alex Road Skatepark.
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 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.
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