Current Outdoor Activities on the Central Coast
More outdoor activities are coming to the Central Coast. If you are not already aware, the Central Coast is full of outdoor adventures. This blessing is part of the more than 80 miles of pristine coastline and scenic views along Highway 1 and countless nature preserves. Some of the most popular include:
- Montaña de Oro State Park
- Pismo Preserve
- Johnson Ranch
- Carrizo Plain National Monument
- Reservoir Canyon Natural Reserve
- and so many more!
Hiking and biking these trails provide a great way to get outdoors and explore nature. While local COVID-19 restrictions have temporarily closed some gyms, these outdoor activities can be your new way to exercise. Some trails have been temporarily closed, and others have been rerouted for single-way traffic only. Please check online and the trail map at the trailhead for more details.
New Developments Taking Place in SLO County
Luckily for us, multiple in-progress San Luis Obispo County Parks projects will enhance or introduce outdoor areas for public use! Here is a list of a few:
- Avila to Harford Pier
- Bob Jones Trail – Octagon Barn
- Bob Jones Trail – SLO to Ontario Road
- Morro Bay to Cayucos Connector
- San Miguel Community Park Expansion
- Templeton To Atascadero Pathway
Perhaps the most exciting project is the Octagon Barn with the extension of Bob Jones trail. The Bob Jones trail is a well-paved county-maintained bike and walking trail also known as the City to the Sea Trail. Currently, the trail starts across the street from the parking lot on Ontario Road, right off Highway 101, and ends in downtown Avila Beach. The extension will create a new trailhead at the Octagon Barn off of South Higuera Street in SLO. The trail will then head southwards and cross over the San Luis Obispo Creek while remaining on the East side of Highway 101. Finally, there are plans to create an underpass to connect the new trail to the existing trailhead on the West side of the 101.
Go Out and Explore the Central Coast
Whether you are in North County (north of SLO) or South County (south of SLO), there are a plethora of outdoor activities for your family, friends, and you to explore! Keep an eye out for updates about these new projects.