Map of bike paths / walking paths in the Loveland areaHIDE MAP
Recreational trails for walking, running and cycling in Loveland, Colorado
Loveland is located in Northern Colorado. The city is situated on the prairie adjacent to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and is along one of the most popular routes to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Loveland has a recreational trail system that loops around the city as well as walking trails within the parks and neighborhoods.
Loveland Recreation Trail
The Loveland Recreation Trail is a system of separate paved pathways that loop around the city. There are a few gaps in the system at this point with plans to make the trail continuous in the future.
Currently the longest almost continuous section of the trail starts to the west of N. Garfield Avenue near the Walmart shopping center. The trail tucks under N. Garfield Avenue and crosses farmland and travels through Boyd Lake State Park then goes past Seven Lakes Park. There is a short gap in the trail along Denver Avenue and the trail picks up again just north of Eisenhower Boulevard. The trail tucks under Eisenhower Boulevard and follows the canal going past residential neighborhoods. The trail then wanders through the older neighborhoods near Downtown Loveland and goes past Loveland Civic Center. From the Loveland Civic Center, trail users need to ride along Washington Avenue for a couple of blocks. The trail starts up again at the south end of Washington Avenue and heads south going through industrial areas.
The Loveland Recreation Trail then heads west along the natural areas and parks adjacent to the Big Thompson River. The route takes it through Fairgrounds Park, Centennial Park and Rivers Edge Natural Area. This section of the trail ends at Wilson Avenue 1/3 mile north of W. 1st Street.
Two other separate sections wander through the residential neighborhoods on the northwest side of the city. One section goes through Mehaffee Park which has a large playground, tennis courts, a dog park and picnic areas.
Benson Sculpture Park
There are walking paths in Benson Sculpture Park that have numerous large sculptures by local artists. The park is to the north of Lake Loveland and 29th Street. Loveland is famous for its artist community and hold sculpture exhibits every summer.
Chapungu Scupture Park
The Chapungu Sculpture Park is located adjacent to the Villages at Centerra shopping area on the east side of Interstate 25 and north of Highway 34. There are paved and unpaved walking paths that wander along the waterway through cottonwood groves. At the park you will find numerous sculptures with an African theme.
High Plains Environmental Center
The High Plains Environmental Center is located on the east side of the city, just west of Interstate 25 and north of the Centerra shopping area. The environmental center has over 4 miles of paved and unpaved walking paths that circle around two lakes and follow along the canal. There are also walking paths within the adjacent neighborhoods that connect to the paths in the natural areas. There are office buildings and apartments along the route as well as being adjacent to the Medical Center of the Rockies.
The paths of High Plains Environmental Center provide vistas of the peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park along the horizon and are a good place to see some of the local waterfowl.
Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the recreational trails located in Loveland, Colorado.