The Cherry Creek Trail is a 40-mile concrete trail that stretches from Confluence Park in downtown Denver along Cherry Creek, through a trail complex near Cherry Creek Reservoir, and ultimately ending in Franktown.
Similar to the other Denver Greenway trails, Cherry Creek Trail benefits from a significant investment infrastructure along the trail. The majority of the trail follows below Speer Boulevard, one of the main diagonal routes through the city, and provides well planned separation from the busy streets above. The trail also has many easy access points from and to city parks like Sunken Gardens, Alamo Placita Park, and Four Mile Historic Park, making it a popular trail for joggers and bikers as well as scooter riders and other users.
Four miles from the start in downtown the trail passes Four Mile Historic Park. This park features Four Mile House which was built in 1859, which is likely the oldest remaining structure in the metro area. Four Mile is a 12-acre park that features a museum, programming and farm animals that tell the early history of Denver in an interactive environment that’s great for kids.
South of downtown Denver the trail connects with the Cherry Creek neighborhood, home to a popular shopping district with more than 500 high-end galleries, shops and department stores, as well as restaurants, outdoor cafes, fitness studios and more. The trail passes just behind Cherry Creek Shopping Center which offers high end retailers like Louis Vitton, Burberry, Tiffany & Co. and more.
The trail continues towards the Southeast and into increasingly scenic and less urban areas.
Approximately fifteen miles from the start the trail enters Cherry Creek State Park, a scenic state park with an additional 12 miles of paved trails and 35 miles of multi-use trails for biking and hiking. The park also offers boating, camping, fishing, swimming, horseback riding and some of the best birding opportunities in the city.
Cherry Creek Trail ends just north of Castlewood Canyon State Park in Franktown. From there you can use local roads and trails to the state park, which features unique geologic features, hiking, rock climbing and historic sites like the remains of the original Castlewood Dam.