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“An interesting wheelchair-accessible urban-suburban trail. Looking forward to more progress.”

South Platte River Trail
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“An interesting wheelchair-accessible urban-suburban trail. Looking forward to more progress.”
Reviewed 25 February 2012

The South Platte River runs through Denver - for much of its length skirted on one or both sides by Interstate 25, other roads, and railways. The bike-jogging-walking trail running along lengthy (~30 miles) portions of it. It has diverse scenery, from grubby to very nice - all of it interesting to the visitor wanting a walk, or renting a bike, to see some of Denver's underbelly (and nice places). The Greenway has many pleasant features, including its access to several nice neighborhood features. The "not-always-so-Greenway" also has some less than pleasant features, mostly inherited from rough treatment of the river environment by "development" in the last two centuries. Thus the 3-star rating - an attempt to balance the damage done between ~1850 and ~1975, and the (on the whole) better treatment since about then.

The area has been described as a reclamation work-in-progress, even though work has been going on for several decades.

Many people love this area. And many more who see what it could be. It's already 5 stars for many (especially those who may live closer to it, so can use it every day for recreation or access). Many others hope that progress will continue, and that - one day - it will be 4 or 5 stars for them, also.

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Visited September 2011
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“Cycle to Denver”
Reviewed 22 December 2011

Get your friends and family on the move. Great energy on the bike path. Enjoy the great trail and the people watching. Go to the river and watch the follies in the river.

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“Wonderful urban greenway”
Reviewed 2 June 2006

Starting at 104th or 120th Streets in Thornton, a few miles north of Denver, just east of I-25 (maps of the trail and tangential systems are available on line), you ride/skate/walk along the river for a few miles until you reach a fork. South on the Greenway takes you to downtown Denver, past the oldest cemetary in the city. West under the three interstates takes you to another trail system which ends ultimately in Golden, following Clear Creek westward. The scenery is alternately beautiful and industrial, the birdwatching is grand, and hugely varied, and it's a wonderful outing for people of virtually any fitness level. Dogs are permitted but must be kept leashed. The entire system is quite flat, as it runs along rivers and creeks, but is one of the least-used trail systems in the entire front range. There's a detour in spring/summer '06 on the Platte River Greenway about halfway to downtown, which takes you onto a roadway, so avoid it at rush hour. Otherwise, it's safe and not difficult. Be sure to stop at Confluence Park/REI downtown and have a cuppa or cappucino, watch the whitewater kayakers, and enjoy the ambience. From there you can head south - if you have time, take the Bear Creek trail to the west and enjoy the climb to some great mountain bike riding in the State Park. The newly-opened Sand Creek Greenway ties into the Platte River about a mile south of the fork, and heads east along another creek, to Aurora. Much of this trail is dirt & gravel, through old farmsteads and Stapleton periphery. It's a great ride for mountain & off road bikers. There are no water fountains along these routes - be sure to carry plenty, especially if you aren't acclimated to the altitude or dry climate!

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