There’s nothing better than getting out into the sunshine for some exercise. Whether it’s family time, a bike ride with friends, or a walk by yourself to get a fresh perspective, Dry Creek Trail never disappoints. The trail begins near downtown Modesto and winds east through a series of parks, including East La Loma Park, along Dry Creek.
Along the pathway you’ll encounter a couple of footbridges, roadway underpasses, and a plethora of locals walking, running, skating, biking, with many escorted by leashed dogs.
Depending on the current rainfall, Dry Creek may or may not be overflowing with water. No matter if it’s dry or flowing with water, the area is beautiful. You’ll smell the eucalyptus, see the native oaks, hear the resident valley birds, and see the small animals scurrying in the vegetation.
Be sure to pack a backpack with snacks or lunch if you’re taking the kids. Midway along the trail you will hit East La Loma Park. This is a great park to stop, have a picnic lunch and enjoy some time. Be sure to find a shady tree and bring a large supply of water. True to Modesto in the summer, it can be very hot in the midday sun.
The park features children’s play areas, tennis courts, basketball courts, a Frisbee golf course, and thankfully, restrooms. If you decide this is as far as you like to go, there’s parking here as well for you to plan ahead for your outing.
For parking and trail access, there’s parking for Dry Creek Trail available to Moose Park (512 N. Morton Boulevard) and East La Loma Park (2001 Edgebrook Drive) in Modesto. Giving you options as to how far you’d like to follow the trail.
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Next up, if you’re looking for a nice, neighborhood park for a family get-together, visit Charles M. Sharpe Park in the Woodland neighborhood