A Safe, Accessible Path for Walking, Running, and Biking
A new mixed-use trail for walkers, runners, and cyclists will be built within the rail corridor in Cardiff at some point in the next few years. The trail will run alongside San Elijo Avenue from Chesterfield Drive to Santa Fe Drive, meandering through the open space east of the railroad tracks and then along the bluff top to the north. This project is a small part of a larger regional Coastal Rail Trail project that will eventually link Oceanside to San Diego with a continuous bike and pedestrian path.
The Cardiff Rail Trail will open up the rail corridor to people of all ages and abilities, connecting residents to each other, to the beach, to the market areas in Cardiff, and to downtown Encinitas (via the pedestrian underpass at Santa Fe Drive). A new railroad crossing at Verdi Avenue or Montgomery Avenue will also provide additional access to the beach half-way along the new trail.
Serious accessibility and safety issues along San Elijo Avenue will be addressed by the project. It also provides the connective tissue for a complete network of safe and legal railroad crossings through Cardiff.
The Cardiff Rail Trail has had a long and complicated history with many changes in the trail alignment over the last several years (detailed in the Blog and FAQ sections of this site). However, the alignment and route finally stabilized for good with a Coastal Commission decision on May 11, 2017. The trail was fully funded by SANDAG (our regional association of governments) on June 9, 2017. An RFP for trail construction will go out in early 2018.
Current state of trail site: San Elijo Avenue
Cross section of the planned rail trail
TRAIL PLAN: For complete details about the rail trail plan and design, visit the TRAIL PLAN section or hit the link below.