Watsonville City Trails

Wandering the Wetlands of Watsonville


The Watsonville City Trails provide easy public access to this stunning 800 acre freshwater wetland. More than seven miles of trails and 29 trail entrances in Watsonville neighborhoods offer many opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty of our special wetlands for recreation and relaxation.
  • Trails are free, open every day
  • Dogs on leash are welcome
  • Wheelchair accessible trails noted on trail map
  • Drop-in trail clean-up opportunities
  • Trail maps available outside of the City's Nature Center or online here

Dogs on Trails


Dogs are permitted on leash only. To wildlife in the wetlands, off-leash dogs are often perceived as predators, causing unintentional wildlife disturbance and habitat damage. Dog owners are required to pick up their pet's waste. Please help protect our wildlife and water quality by utilizing a pet waste bag and disposing of it in the trash.

Trail Clean-up & Restoration Opportunities


Drop in to the City of Watsonville Nature Center anytime during open hours and take part in picking up litter around Ramsay Park or on the adjacent trails. Materials are provided. Or join us for one of our Center's community event days listed here:
  • World Wetlands Day - February
  • National Trails Day - June
  • Coastal Clean Up Day - September
  • Make a Difference Day - October

Learn While You Walk


Many interpretive trail signs have been installed along the Wetlands of Watsonville. These trail signs teach about the natural and cultural history of our wetlands and address local conservation issues.

Award Winning Trails


In May of 2006, the City of Watsonville received an award from the California Association of Trails for the development of community trails highlighting wetland protection. The trails also received recognition from the California Transportation Foundation, winning the 17th annual 2006 TRANNY award for Pedestrian Bicycle Project of the Year.

Recommended Trail Walks & Entrances


Watsonville Slough Trail


Trail Head: Park at the City of Watsonville Nature Center - 30 Harkins Slough Road, Watsonville, CA. 831-768-1622. Trail Map (PDF) available outside Nature Center. Trail entrance behind center. Follow trail to the right, under the bridge.
Approximate walk: 0.5 miles to Ohlone Parkway and back.

Ohlone Trail


Trail Head: Park in the back of the West Marine parking lot by trail head - 500 Westridge Drive, Watsonville, CA.
Approximate walk: 1.5 miles

Upper Struve Slough Trail


Trail Head: Park in Body Zone parking lot (behind Body Zone) by trail head - 1810 Main Street, Watsonville, CA.
Approximate walk: 1.5 miles
Entrance to Wetlands Trails path