Top 6 Running Trails in Santa Barbara

Run along Santa Barbara's Shoreline Park for stunning views, wildlife spotting, and beach access – an unmissable route for runners of all levels.

1. The Stearns Wharf to Shoreline Park

Run through Santa Barbara's More Mesa Nature Preserve for diverse landscapes, wildlife, and trails catering to all levels of runners.

2. More Mesa Nature Preserve

Michael Douglas donated to save the Douglas Family Preserve, featuring a 1.70-mile perimeter trail extendable with zig-zagging paths.

3. Douglas Preserve

Largest coastal preserve, Ellwood Mesa, with a four-mile perimeter running trail offering scenic views of eucalyptus forests, open grasslands, and coastal cliffs.

4. Coronado Butterfly Preserve

Discover Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park: a 2-mile preserve with a 2.97-mile loop, easily adjustable. Enjoy post-run dining in downtown Carpinteria.

5. Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve

Discover Santa Barbara's 6.5-mile dream run with tree-covered paths, creek crossings, canyon trails, mountain sage, and ocean views, enhanced during sunset.

6. Romero Canyon