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South Platte River Trail - Denver
The portion of the South Platte River Trail that is located in Denver is a 18-mile long paved pathway that follows the South Platte River through the heart of the Denver Metro area. Another portion of the South Platte River Trail heads to the north from Denver to travel through Adams County. The Mary Carter Greenway Trail heads to the south from Denver to travel through Littleton.
The Denver portion of the South Platte River Trail starts at E. 88th Avenue and travels south through Downtown Denver and the neighborhoods of South Denver to Hampden Avenue. The South Platte River Trail is part of the Colorado Front Range Trail and connects to several other regional trails at both ends and along its route. The South Platte River Trail, in combination with the Mary Carter Greenway Trail, is also referred to as "The Greenway Trail along the South Platte".
The South Platte River Trail travels through the natural area alongside the river going past several lakes, residential neighborhoods, local parks, golf courses, industrial areas, commercial districts and designated open space. It the Downtown Denver area, the trail goes through Confluence Park, past the Pepsi Center, Auraria Campus, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Elitch Gardens and many other attractions in the area.
The South Platte River Trail is paved for the entire route. There are some street crossings, but a number of underpasses or overpasses for crossing the major roadways. The trail can get congested in some areas and as with any other urban area, trail users should be aware of their surroundings and be cautious with their valuables.
The South Platte River Trail goes near the following neighborhoods: North Denver, Downtown Denver and South Denver.
Points of Interest
- The South Platte River Trail goes past the following points of interest:
- Platte River Trailhead ParkAuraria Campus
- Thornton Gravel PondsLower Lakewood Gulch Park
- Historical Riverside CemeteryFrog Hollow Park
- Northside ParkPhil Milstein Park
- Globeville Landing ParkValverde Park
- City of Cuenevaca ParkHabitat Park
- Commons ParkVanderbuilt Park
- Confluence ParkOverland Pond Park
- Centennial ParkOverland Golf Course
- Elitch Gardens Amusement ParkRuby Hill Park
- Children's Museum of DenverPasquenial's Landing
- Crescent ParkGrant Frontier Park
- Pepsi CenterRiver Point at Sheridan Shopping Center
The South Platte River Trail intersects numerous other recreational trails along its route, including the following:
- South Platte River Trail (north): E. 88th and Colorado Boulevard.
- Niver Creek Trail: Steele Street and E 78th Avenue.
- Clear Creek Trail: southeast of E. 74th Avenue and York Street.
- Sand Creek Regional Greenway: Interstate 270 and E. 64th Avenue.
- Cherry Creek Trail: Confluence Park, Speer Boulevard and Little Raven Street.
- Lakewood Gulch Trail: south of W. Colfax and east of Decatur Street.
- Weir Gulch Trail: W. 9th Avenue, east of Bryant Street.
- Sanderson Gulch Trail: northwest corner of the Overland Golf Course at W. Florida Avenue and S. Platte River Drive.
- West Harvard Gulch Trail: 1/2 mile north of Dartmouth Avenue and west of S. Santa Fe Drive.
- Little Dry Creek Trail: W. Dartmouth Avenue west of S. Santa Fe Drive.
- Bear Creek Trail & Mary Carter Greenway Trail: River Point at Sheridan shopping center, southwest of the interchange of Hampden Avenue and S. Santa Fe Drive.
The north end of the South Platte River Trail is located at Platte River Trailhead Park at E. 88th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard in Thornton. There is a trailhead with parking at this location. This is also the location where the South Platte River Trail connects to the South Platte River Trail - Adams County that heads to the north.
The south end of the trail is located at South Platte River Drive and River Point Parkway. This point is adjacent to the River Point at Sheridan shopping center to the southwest of the interchange of S. Santa Fe Drive and Hampden Avenue.