Rail Trail Overview




The Santa Cruz County Rail & Trail will provide a car-free, direct, flat and scenic route for biking, walking, and wheel chair use for school children, commuters, families, seniors, and visitors. Below is a summary of the major aspects of the Rail Trail project:

  • 25% of the Coastal Rail Trail miles are funded for construction as of Fall 2015. Click on the above image to view the 3 sections that have been funded. 
  • The following 3 sections have already been funded (a total of 8 miles): (1) North Coast, Wilder Ranch: Connects Wilder Ranch
  • The Santa Cruz Rail Trail is a 32-mile paved car-free, flat, and scenic path for walking, cycling, jogging, and wheel chair access.
  • The Rail Trail travels within 1-mile of 44 schools, 92 parks, and 50% of our county’s population, connecting many key destinations.
  • The Rail Trail passes through the Cities of Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Capitola as well as the communities of Davenport, Live Oak, Aptos, Seascape, and Rio Del Mar.
  • The 32-mile Rail Trail will form the main spine of the Santa Cruz County section of the 50-mile Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network. When completed, the entire Network will reach from Pacific Grove in Monterey to the Santa Cruz/San Mateo County line.
  • The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission is the owner of the Santa Cruz County Coastal Rail corridor and lead Rail Trail agency
  • The Rail Trail will be built parallel to freight and future passenger train service
  • FORT’s goal is to see the majority of the Rail Trail built within 10 years. Funding from a variety of funding sources will be needed to reach this goal.

In this section, you will find the following information: