Bob Jones Trail and Secret Garden, Avila Beach

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San Luis Obispo, CA
Bob Jones Trail and Secret Garden, Avila Beach
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The Bob Jones Trail is a fantastic wide paved path that leads through shady forest to Avila Beach. The first half is the best since it's shady and car-free. The second half, which ends at the beach, is on a wide mostly-empty road, Blue Heron Dr, exposed and in the sun. Halfway along there is the cute Woodstone Marketplace where you can have coffee on a sweet patio overlooking the trail. Walking on this trail was one of the nicest things we did on our recent trip to SLO!

It is one mile from the trailhead at 7019 Ontario Rd to the little cute market. It is 1.5 miles from the trailhead to the end of the lovely shady bike path (at Cormorant Way), and to where the road begins that leads to the beach. This 1.5 miles is the best part of the trail, so to walk it and back is a nice three mile walk. Or if you have kids you can keep the walk to two miles by walking to the market for a cookie, and then back. Perfect!
This area is so lush because it follows San Luis Obispo Creek. You can see the creek at spots along the way, and it's a pretty view. You also walk past apple orchards and some cute French countryside architecture. The mountains in the background are scenic, as are the Monterey shale cliffs.
There is a high, wide, green metal pedestrian bridge that is a lovely detour. It takes you over the creek to the Secret Garden at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort. There is a food truck with snacks and seating- sometimes you can buy wood-fired pizza from a beautiful stove. On Sundays and Thursdays 3-6pm in summer, there is live music! Check their facebook page. 
WARNING: Don't confuse this with the Bob Jones Bike Trail that runs along the 101 Freeway, from Prado Rd to Los Osos Valley Rd in San Luis Obispo. It is next to the giant sewer district and in an unsafe area.

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The beginning of the trail, at Ontario Rd.

The trail leads through shady forest.

You can see apple orchards and mountains from the trail.

The trail is nicely paved.

Stop after one mile for a cup of coffee at Woodstone Marketplace.

The car-free trail ends and you must continue on this wide road, Blue Heron Dr, to get to the ocean.

There is plenty of shade!

The French countryside architecture you see from the trail.

The end of Bob Jones Bike Path, where it reaches Avila Beach and the pirate playground.

You can walk around the garden at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort.

Flowers and Spanish architecture at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort.

The green pedestrian bridge goes over the garden at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort.

Beautiful colors in the garden at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort.

The dark oak trees along the Bob Jones Trail.

Sign beckoning you to check out the Secret Garden at the Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, accessed from the trail.

The Secret Garden at the Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort.

Live music flyer at the Secret Garden. Some Sundays and Thursdays 3-6pm!

Cosmos flowers at the Secret Garden.

Pumpkins and strange pillars at the Secret Garden.

The creek, as seen from the green bridge.

The green bridge! It takes you up high!

The garden at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, as seen from the green bridge.

Exploring the grounds of the Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort.

Bike riders relaxing at the Secret Garden.


The beginning of the bike path is at 7019 Ontario Rd, Avila Beach CA 93405. There is a large, free parking lot.
Woodstone Marketplace, Avila Village, 6675 Bay Laurel Place, Avila Beach, CA 93424.


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