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The Citywide Trails Program strives to meet the leisure and recreational needs of Carlsbad residents while protecting and preserving open spaces in accordance with the City of Carlsbad General Plan.  In addition, a walkable community including a vital trail system, provides opportunities for a healthy and active lifestyle for those who live, work and visit Carlsbad. 

Development of the city's Trails Program

hikersThe city has been working for many years to develop and implement a comprehensive multi-use recreational trails system. Beginning as early as 1990, a Trails Feasibility Study laid the groundwork for planning the trails within the city. The city's Open Space and Conservation Resource Management Plan expanded upon the study and provided conceptual trail alignments used today to plan and construct the city's trail network.


In November 2001, the City Council approved the Citywide Trails Report which outlined more recent trail development guidelines, resulting in today’s current network:
    • 38 miles of open space trails 
    • 48 miles of bike lanes running alongside the city’s roadways 


Future plans for approximately 20 more miles of trails in the city will bring the total trail mileage to approximately 58 miles.

Coastal Rail TrailWhile the citywide trails system provides many recreational opportunities to enjoy the city's unique natural areas, it also provides a comprehensive network for non-motorized transportation routes, connecting neighborhoods to commercial and business areas, schools, parks and beaches.


Contact Information

Parks & Recreation
Liz Ketabian, park planner

799 Pine Ave., Suite 200
Carlsbad, CA 92008

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