Lace up your sneakers, let’s go for a walk in Long Beach for National Walking Day! Whether you’re looking for a beach stroll or a park hike, Long Beach is the place to set your pace.
Beach Pedestrian Path
A more than four-mile long, flat trail runs along the sandy waterfront in Long Beach, welcoming walkers from Shoreline Marina past the popular Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier to Belmont Shore. The scenic multipurpose pathway has a designated lane for walkers, with separate routes for bikes, scooters and skates. The route also connects with other major off-road walking and biking paths that stretch more than 60 miles, including those along the Los Angeles River and San Gabriel River.
Bluff Park Walk
Just above the beach, Bluff Park is one of the most popular places for locals to take a stroll at sunset. There’s an easy walking loop, at a distance of a little more than a mile, stretching along Bluff Park, up and down stairways to the beach path, and around again. Those who want to make sure they get enough steps in for the day might want to continue their journey along Ocean Boulevard and First Street, through the ocean-view mansions of the historic Bluff Park neighborhood.
El Dorado Nature Center Hiking Trail
Long Beach’s El Dorado Nature Center—nestled between the San Gabriel River and the 605 Freeway—is part of a 105-acre oasis of natural habitat that provides sanctuary for wild animals and plant life. Walkers can move along looping pathways, with a two-mile dirt trail, crossing over wooden bridges, and a quarter-mile paved path meandering among two lakes, a stream and forested areas.
Public Art Walking Tour
Art enthusiasts may want to plan their own colorful walking route through Long Beach, stepping through a network of murals created as part of POW! WOW! Long Beach (which going forward will be called Long Beach Walls), an international festival designed to beautify urban spaces. Reputable festival creations and other public art installations, including sculptures and mosaics, can be easily discovered on the Art Council for Long Beach’s public art map.
There are few places better to see the sights than from atop Hilltop Park in Signal Hill, a small city located in the very center of the City of Long Beach. Walkers in it for the view will enjoy panoramic vistas during following a steep climb of Skyline Drive or designated walking paths. There are also plenty of picnic tables for those who need a break from strenuous activity.
Nature trails and boardwalks wind throughout the nearly 35-acres of public land at DeForest Park & Wetlands, where visitors enjoy freshwater habitats for native flora and fauna. On the banks of the Los Angeles River, it’s a peaceful haven of greenery for walkers, horseback riders and bird watchers.