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San Lorenzo Park and River Trail

This small urban park on the San Lorenzo River in Santa Cruz has a duck pond, accessible playground, and large lawns. Many fairs and festivals are held here, and on Saturdays there’s a farmers market. Downtown shops and restaurants are only a few blocks away. The San Lorenzo River Trail, which runs several miles along both sides...
This small urban park on the San Lorenzo River in Santa Cruz has a duck pond, accessible playground, and large lawns. Many fairs and festivals are held here, and on Saturdays there’s a farmers market. Downtown shops and restaurants are only a few blocks away. The San Lorenzo River Trail, which runs several miles along both sides of the river, passes through the park. After sundown, poor park lighting warrants caution.

Trail/Pathway Details

San Lorenzo River Trail

Trailhead: Southern entrance: San Lorenzo Boulevard and Riverside Avenue. Northern entrance: Felker Street near Highway One.

Length: 2-4 total miles

Typical Width: 4 ft. & above

Typical Grade: Level

Terrain: Hard

The trail runs parallel to the San Lorenzo River on both sides. The east side of the river offers the most access on and off the trail.

Description

This two-mile trail mostly runs past houses, but the lush vegetation along the river—and the many birds that live there—make it a great place to find peace and quiet in the middle of the city. Starting from the northern end, you’ll pass several pedestrian/auto bridges that cross the river, providing access to both sides of the trail. About...
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Accessibility Details

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.

One street spot is just across from the playground. Street parking only (none designated accessible) at the trailheads. Near lawn bowling court and duck pond
Near lawn bowling court and at playground; shaded
Snake climbing structure
Snake climbing structure (Martha Wegner)

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Features icon key

  • bicycling
  • particularly good for families
  • picnic
  • wildlife viewing

Additional Information

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Website: www.cityofsantacruz.com
Managing Agency: City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation
Address: 137 Dakota St., Santa Cruz
Nearest City: Santa Cruz
Phone: (831) 420-5030
TDD: (800) 735-2929
Hours: Sunrise to sunset
Fees: None
Dogs: Not allowed
Public Transportation: Santa Cruz Metro 
Reviewed by Foster Andersen, October 21, 2008
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