No car needed to get to San Luis Obispo’s wine country. Ride the rails instead! Leaving right from SLO’s train station, there’s an 18.4-mile loop ride through the wineries in Edna Valley. Begin on the Railroad Bike Path, which follows the tracks south to Orcutt Road, your route to Edna Valley. The bike-friendly road leaves town on a rolling course beneath the Santa Lucia Mountains. After passing a few small volcanic hills, you’ll enter Edna Valley, a bucolic scene with row upon row of grape vines broken up by a few cattle ranches. This is also where the terrain levels, letting you relax and enjoy the setting as you circle the valley. Numerous wineries pop up all along the way (marked on this Edna Valley Bike Map prepared by the San Luis Obispo County Bike Coalition). It’s the wine express!
WINE BONUS: Pedal up to Wolff Vineyards (6238 Orcutt Rd.), a sustainable winery with award-winning Riesling and Syrah. The tasting room and patio have an incredible view across Edna Valley toward SLO. Zin fans should not miss Saucelito Canyon Vineyards (3080 Biddle Ranch Rd.). Both wineries are dog-friendly!
Start from the San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station, take a bridge across the tracks, and follow Railroad Bike Path for 1.3 miles to Orcutt Rd. Turn left, bike 1 mile and turn right to stay on Orcutt Rd. Bike 2.8 miles and make a left to stay on Orcutt Rd. After 4.25 miles on Orcutt Rd., you will pass Biddle Ranch Rd., which can be used as a shortcut to create a 13.3-mile loop. For the full loop, bike 3 more miles on Orcutt Rd. Turn right on Tiffany Ranch Rd., go 1 mile to Corbett Canyon Rd. and turn right. Bike two miles and turn right on Highway 227. Ride 5.3 miles back to Orcutt Rd. and turn right to reach the Railroad Bike Path.