Construction begins in July and will be complete by Memorial Day 2023
For many in Douglas County, the Cherry Creek Regional Trail is our backyard connection to a quiet evening stroll, listening to the birds chirping while watching the cottonwoods dance at dusk. For others, the trail is a perfect weekend bike ride on more than 40 miles of smooth-surfaced trail from our suburban homes to Cherry Creek State Park and downtown Denver.
Soon this trail will take us all even further – to Castlewood Canyon State Park.
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners at a regular business meeting on June 28 approved a $1.9 million contract to build the final phase of the Cherry Creek Regional Trail. This final phase extends the trail 2 miles south of where the trail currently ends near Highway 86 in Franktown, to Castlewood Canyon State Park. Construction will include a new concrete pathway, grading, storm water improvements, fencing and seeding.
Construction is expected to begin in July and be completed by Memorial Day in 2023.
Cherry Creek Regional Trail parallels Cherry Creek for nearly 40 miles from Confluence Park in Denver to Franktown. It connects parks, open spaces and more than 10 cities or towns.
Trail users will find it easy and accessible. The completed sections are 8ft wide concrete, with several restrooms and picnic shelters along the way. Walkers, cyclists, dogs on a leash, hikers and horse riders are welcome. (Please no gasoline engine vehicles.)
The historic roots of the trails date back hundreds of years when Native Americans and settlers traveled along the Cherokee Trail – which skirted the eastern edge of Cherry Creek. In the late 1800s, weary travelers found a hot meal and rested at Mile Houses along the way. Today we get a glimpse of that history with the 4 Mile House in Denver and the 17 Mile House along Parker Road in Centennial.