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Monterey Peninsula Recreation Trail

Enjoy Outdoor Activities On The Monterey Peninsula Recreation Trail

Winding along the Monterey Bay coastline in California, this waterfront recreation trail stretches 18 miles from Pacific Grove to Castroville, and is known as one of the most scenic trails in California. Most of this historic path runs where the old tracks of the Southern Pacific Railroad once ran, but now the Monterey Peninsula Recreation Trail is a great way for visitors to leisurely navigate to all of Monterey's top attractions on foot.
Its scenic vistas and coastal beauty make this trail stand apart. Visitors can hike, bike, jog, and even kayak or paddle board beside the path, while stopping at coastal attractions like Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, popular beaches, and Downtown Monterey. Every step taken offers picturesque views of the rugged seascape and natural wildlife.
Monterey Peninsula Recreation Trail

Monterey Peninsula Recreation Trail

Monterey Peninsula, Recreational Trail, California, 93950
Distance from Hotel: 8.77 miles

Hours & Prices


City parks are open to the public daily between 6 am and 10 pm. The walking trail itself is always open.


Admission is free, water activity prices vary.


  • Tours
  • Wine Tasting
  • Marathons


  • Hiking/Walking
  • Kayaking
  • Jogging
  • Photography
  • Biking
  • Sightseeing

How far does the recreation trail stretch?

The scenic waterfront trail stretches 18 miles along the coast, from Castroville to Pacific Grove. Visitors can enter at any point or destination along the route, as well as stop at all the Monterey, CA attractions.

What are the fun things to do on the Monterey Recreation Trail?

This 18-mile footpath offers endless coastal beauty, perfect for photography and sightseeing. Visitors should expect to see marine life, whale watch, and make multiple stops along the way to visit all of Monterey’s top attractions. Monterey Bay Aquarium, Fisherman's, Wharf, Cannery Row and white sandy beaches can all be accessed easily from the Monterey Recreation Trail. There are also countless restaurants and shops to discover on this journey.
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