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Hiking & Cycling

Jim Green Trail

1.7 miles, moderate, multi-use
The Jim Green trail is a very well-hidden gem in Atascadero. It is a trail that is well-suited for people, dogs, horses, and bikes. People of all ages can easily do this trail. It is a fun hike around a beautiful hill that is surrounded on one side by the Chalk Mountain Golf Course.

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Stadium Park Trails

2 trail options: just under 2 miles
Usage: Equestrians, Hikers, Joggers, Mountain Bikes, Dogs
Hike Difficulty: Varies, from Blue Oak being easy to Pine Mountain being Difficult

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Cerro Alto State Park (10.1 miles)

Cerro Alto Campground is a well-known hiking and mountain biking paradise. Visitors enjoy ample hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding opportunities, along with a 360-degree view of the Central California coast and inland valleys. The 4-mile Cerro Alto Trail, which leads to the peak, begins within the campground.

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Santa Margarita Lake (30.2 miles)

Grey Pine: 3.3 miles one-way to Vaca Flat, moderate, multi-use
Lakeside: (unmarked)1.5 miles, dirt road along the lakeshore from Marina to White Oak, easy, multi-use
Blinn: 9.2 miles one-way (out and back mandatory), moderate to strenuous, multi-use
Sapwi: spur off Blinn after 3.4 miles, accessing Khus Camp (1 mile) and Sapwi Camp (2 miles), moderate, multi-use
Sandstone: 2.7 miles one-way (out and back mandatory), moderate to strenuous, multi-use
East River Road (Staging area for Blinn & Sandstone): 10 miles east of Santa Margarita Lake
Rocky: 1.8 miles one-way (out and back mandatory), moderate to strenuous, multi-use

Three Bridges Oak Preserve (3 miles)

The three-mile trail system consists of both multiuse (hikers, equestrians, bicyclists) and hiker-only sections.  The system begins at the 940’ elevation trailhead on the Meadow Trail across Atascadero Creek and up to the Oak Savannah Loop Trail.  These two trails together create a loop trail (up and back) approximately two miles long in the lower half of the Preserve. The trail takes one through a mixed riparian habitat, a grassland meadow, and up through oak woodland populated by several different species of native California oak trees including blue oak, coastal live oak, and canyon live oak.  Located on the eastern-facing slope of the property this loop trail will provide a shaded woodland hike that will be accessible and available for all ages of hikers, including children and seniors.  This loop trail will be multi-use and available to hikers, cyclists, and equestrians. 

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Atascadero Lake Park

Marchant Avenue, Atascadero
This park is the destination of residents and visitors year-round. Atascadero’s charm is accentuated by the beautiful lake. There is a walking path that follows the edge of the lake for a stroll, jog or bike ride lakeside. The park also has a playground, paddle/kayak boats, workout stations, restroom facilities, large and small barbecue areas, horseshoe pits, a sand volleyball court and the Charles Paddock Zoo. For more information or to reserve a BBQ area, please call.

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Las Lomas Nature Preserve

Calle Milano, Atascadero

The Las Lomas trail spans across open space along the hillsides surrounding the Las Lomas and La Terraza housing development. The two multi-use trails are open year-round and are dog-friendly, so bring your pup for a hike or opt for a solo bike ride through the beautiful oak and pine trees. Both the north and south trails offer scenic views of Atascadero nature. 

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Rinconada Trail

Pozo Rd, Santa Margarita

The Rinconada hike in Santa Margarita offers a picturesque outdoor adventure through rolling hills and oak-studded landscapes. This moderately challenging trail allows hikers to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the Central Coast while enjoying scenic vistas of the surrounding countryside.

Carrizo Plains

Santa Margarita

The Carrizo Plains present a breathtaking and ecologically significant landscape known for its vast open spaces and unique desert flora. Visitors can witness the stunning wildflower displays in the spring, explore the serene Soda Lake, and experience the tranquility of this remote and untouched natural wonder.

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For more information on our hiking areas visit the San Luis Obispo County Parks Website or click here for our Atascadero Trail Guide

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