National Recreation Trails Database


Trail Description Continued

The City of San Jose is strategically developing a 100-mile trail network by unifying 35 trail systems to provide active transportation and recreation for pedestrians, bicyclists, equestrians and other users. The Guadalupe River Trail is a 10-mile paved trail that serves as a core system within the network, it extends from Gold Street (Alviso, San Francisco Bay to Virginia Street, Downtown).

Surveys indicate that nearly 1,000 people use the Guadalupe River Trail on a daily basis, and of that number, over 50% are commuting to and from work.

Travel along the Guadalupe River Trail offers the user a variety of experiences. Each trail entry is destinguished by decorative pavement (in teh form of a large compass, and often includes interepretive signage). Starting from near the San Francisco Bay, the trail user can travel through the Alviso community, with many historic structures from its 19th century boom as San Jose's port. Further south, the trail user will view Silicon Valley's many major employment sites and serve to provide access to companies like Cisco, EBay, IBM and others. Passing along San Jose Norman Y. Mineta International Airport, trail users will see San Jose's largest public art piece, The Hands" which extends across the face of a 6-story parking garage and can sit at Airport Plaza along the trail for views of planes landing and departing can be seen. Through the Guadalupe River Park, the trail user can take spur trails to view the nation's largest collection of antique roses and many other points of interest, dining and cultural activities can be found in Downtown San Jose, and the newest 0.4 mile extension will link historical neighborhoods to the trail and park by December 2010.

A long-term plan is in place to further develop the trail upon completion of flood protection improvements (managed by the Army Corp of Engineers and Santa Clara Valley Water District) through central San Jose and link to existing reaches of the trail (4 miles) in South San Jose with an existing connection to the 6 mile Los Alamitos Creek Trail and Lake Almaden Regional Park.


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This website provides access to the National Recreation Trail (NRT) database, a collection of information on the various trails which have been designated as NRT's. These trails are located throughout the United States and U.S. territories. The amount of information may vary from trail to trail. If you need more information than is available on this site, please use the contact(s) listed for that trail. (If no contacts, are listed, you may request help from American Trails at

The on-line database has details on the currently designated National Recreation Trails. The NRT Program online is hosted by American Trails: