Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Oceanside with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

trail running
17 days ago

Great flats and hills to practice on. Not too many people. Impossible to get lost in. Easy 5 miler.

Trails need to be marked clearer Not the worst but not the best

Beautiful and relaxing walk!

Great place for simple exercise walk or Mtb.
Coyotes. Rabbits. Squirrels. Raccoons. Snakes.
And I think I spotted a Weasel!
Ducks and Geese in the big lake.
Plenty of camping with just-upgraded sites.
Reservations needed.
Some very LOUD Peacocks in a nearby yard.

Beautiful scenery. Away from any roads. Trail not marked and a bit hard to navigate

Very beautiful and scenic easy hike. Perfect for close by hike

Really nice trails, very wide. Lots of friendly people out. Bathrooms by the playground. You can either park in the park and pay $3 or you can walk a little extra and park down the road in the neighborhoods. Very dog friendly, lots of trash cans too.

walking
3 months ago

The wind is chilly every time I come here. Good views and good vibes.

trail running
4 months ago

The mission is nice but this is more running through neighborhoods than hiking or trail running.

walking
4 months ago

Crowded but fun, and the water is always beautiful. Go on a Thursday night if you don’t mind crowds, and you can pair it with a stroll through the Sunset Market. Skip the burger joint at the end of the pier, there are loads of wonderful food trucks at the market, but grab a giant pier pickle at the stand halfway down and check out the cool historical pictures on a bulletin board across from the shack. It can get cold, so wear layers.

walking
5 months ago

Fun. No dogs allowed. Easy. Usually crowded. Take a sweatshirt as the winds can be chilly across the pier.

Good go to trail for us. Not a lot of people; clean; safe; nice scenery. The trails are not all clearly market which is a problem if you don’t know the area. If you take a wrong turn, you may wind up in a residential or busy traffic area. Be aware. Get your GPS in the know. Have fun. Be safe.

walking
5 months ago

A 99.9% flat bike path along an urban riparian area from the valley to the coast. Definitely stroller/family friendly. I love how accessible this makes the beach to families in the valley of Oceanside/Vista. I am visiting family here and the path goes right by their neighborhood and my niece’s junior high; we don’t really have a pedestrian/bike only byway like that where I’m from in Santa Cruz. It’s nice not to be contending with traffic. I walked my sister’s dog along it and had a nice enough time, although I can tell that it would be much more fun if I were a biker. At Mance Buchanan park there is a spot to fill your tires, and I’m sure there are more along the way. Not exactly scenic until you get to the coast; however, I did see quite a bit of wildlife, including a huge coyote that lumbered up onto the path, and lots of birds including hawks or falcons.

Easy family friendly and then you can play at the beach

walking
6 months ago

Better to walk during the week than the weekend. Late Friday tends to be packed.

Fun as f ck

I really like that they have a free outside gym area with some machinery. super chill.

road biking
7 months ago

I use this bike path all the time when I wanna ride from vista to the coat

Overall...
Trails are not clearing marked, deadened at the highway twice
Liter everywhere including dog poop everywhere
The sound of the nearby obnoxious freeway is unescapable
The brush is took thick to view the lake, seems like a dirty sidewalk more than a hike

Done this on my road bike many times. Twice I have paced riders for RAAM (Race Across America) they use thus as their starting point from the pier. It's excellent for cycling, jogging or walking. Bring water and snacks if you're going to do point to point or back and forth.

road biking
9 months ago

great trip. mostly flat with a few ups and downs as u go under bridges. finally made it to the beach.

Easy trail. Saw wild animals on hike. Be careful. Lots to see and many trails to take. Relaxing at the lake.

10 months ago

A very good trail to walk, jog, or bike on!!!

trail running
Monday, June 19, 2017

Great place for running parents. Take your child, and their bike, and run along side with them.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

i love this place, great for little kids!!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Park does not open until 9:30am -- we got here at 7am. Bummer

road biking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

No motorized vehicles, relatively flat, lovely wildlife!

walking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Flat trails. Ducks, ponds, campers.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Great walk. Parking is $3.00
Nature walks and park area, also section for overnight camping and RV with water and 30amp power. 30 slots!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Absolutely love this hike. The parks are always beautiful and the little creek is breath taking after all of this California rain we've been getting! Definitely can spend a wonderful afternoon finding beautiful hidden places all throughout the park.

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