Bob Jones Bike Path, Avila Beach
||San Luis Obispo, CA|
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The Bob Jones Trail is a fantastic paved bike or running path that leads through shady forest to Avila Beach. The first half is the best since it's shady and car-free. The second half, which ends at the beach, is on a wide mostly-empty road, Blue Heron Dr, exposed and in the sun. Halfway along there is the cute Woodstone Marketplace where you can have coffee on a sweet patio overlooking the trail. Walking on this trail was one of the nicest things we did on our recent trip to SLO!
It is one mile from the trailhead at 7019 Ontario Rd to the little cute market. It is 1.5 miles from the trailhead to the end of the lovely shady bike path (at Cormorant Way), and to where the road begins that leads to the beach. This 1.5 miles is the best part of the trail, so to walk it and back is a nice three mile walk. Or if you have kids you can keep the walk to two miles by walking to the market for a cookie, and then back. Perfect!
This area is so lush because it follows San Luis Obispo Creek. You can see the creek here and there and it's a pretty view. You also walk past apple orchards and some cute French countryside architecture. The mountains in the background are scenic.
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The beginning of the bike path is at 7019 Ontario Rd, Avila Beach CA 93405. There is a large, free parking lot.
Woodstone Marketplace, Avila Village, 6675 Bay Laurel Place, Avila Beach, CA 93424.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.