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Ventura River Parkway Trail

Location Located in Ventura County, CA the Ventura River Parkway Trail is a "rail trail" that connects the Ventura River estuary at the Pacific Ocean in the City of Ventura to City of Ojai, traveling along the old Southern Pacific Railroad right-of-way.
State(s) California
Counties Ventura
Type Equestrian Trail
Fitness Trail
Mountain Bike Trail
Nature Trail
Rail Trail
Urban Trail
Length 16.50 Miles / 26.55 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Heritage and History
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




photo: Ventura River Parkway Trail at Foster Park
Ventura River Parkway Trail at Foster Park

The Ventura River is one of the last natural rivers in Southern California and perhaps the only one that provides all of the fresh water needed to the residents of the watershed. The river sustains a rich array of native wildlife and plants as well as our diverse communities and agriculture. Since the first native Chumash arrived at its banks the river has been an invaluable water source and gathering place for the community.

A coalition of local groups, businesses, city, county and state agencies, along with a national conservation organization worked together to reclaim the river by creating the Ventura River Parkway to reconnect the people to the river through a continuous network of parks, trails, and natural areas along over 16 miles of river from the estuary in Ventura north toward the Los Padres National Forest to the City of Ojai.

The Ventura River Parkway Trail incorporates two existing trails the Ventura River Trail and the Ojai Valley Trail and connects to the Omer Rains Coastal Trail and the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail that travel north along the coastline through Emma Wood State Beach.

The Ventura River Trail follows the old Southern Pacific Railroad right-of-way from Main Street to Foster Park 6.3 miles inland. Opened in 1999, this pedestrian and bicycle path connects the Ojai Valley Trail and the coastal Omer Rains Trail for one of the best urban bike rides in Southern California. Many interpretiv (Continued...)


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Sunrise - Time Closes: Sunset


From U.S. 101 Freeway use the downtown Main Street exit going south or the California Street exit going north. At the estuary trailhead, there is a public parking lot at Main Street & Peking Street just before the Main Street bridge crosses the Ventura River. There are also many points of access between Ventura and Ojai, including one at Foster Park right off State Route 33, which the River Parkway trail parallels.


Additional Information

Width: 127 inches.

Primary Surface: Asphalt

Secondary Surface: Soil
Soil, compacted

Average Grade: 1%

Elevation Low Point: 35

Elevation High Point: 969

Year Designated: 2014

Date Last Updated: ---


Contact Information

Trail Management:
Nancy O\'Connor
Ventura Parks Manager
City of Ventura
501 Poli Street
Ventura , CA 93001

Public Contact:
Theresa Lubin
Parks Manager, Ventura County
County of Ventura
11201 Riverbank Drive, Suite A1
Ventura , CA 93004


Related Webpages and Documents

Title Type Link
Guide to the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy's Ventur Brochure View/Download
City of Ventura Map of the Ventura River Trail and Map View/Download
Ventura River Parkway Guide Map (Spanish) Map View/Download
Friends of the Ventura River Website View/Download
Weekend Sherpa Guide to the Ventura River Parkway Website View/Download



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