Summertime and the livin’ is easy. We heard that in an old song once, but it definitely holds true today. One excellent way to spend a summer day is by taking a leisurely stroll along a waterfront trail. With plenty of shade and places to rest and cool off, this gorgeous waterfront trail in Nevada is perfect … and easy.
The Riverwalk District in Reno is home to an enticing waterfront trail.
While the Truckee River is nothing new, Reno created the Raymond I. Smith Truckee Riverwalk along the scenic river in the 1990s. It spans approximately two miles between Arlington Avenue and Lake Street.
The waterfront views on the Riverwalk are simply amazing.
In addition to beautiful scenery, you will pass parks, shopping, restaurants, bars and lodging.
The trail provides a lovely experience whether you're walking, running ...
The Virginia Street Bridge, above, was one of the first reinforced concrete bridges in Nevada and the first bridge to cross the Truckee River.
... or biking.
The bike trail is great for children and adults, and extends beyond the Reno Riverwalk trail. It runs 12 miles along the Truckee River from the Idlewild Park area through the Reno Riverwalk and on to the eastern end of Sparks.
Along the way you'll likely see tons of kayakers ...
Reno opened the half-mile Truckee River Whitewater Park in 2004. The park is great for kayakers of all skill levels.
... and people of all ages enjoying the rapids.
Swimming and tubing are other fun activities.
You may even catch an event or festival in action.
There's a full calendar of events within the Riverwalk District all year round.
The waterfront trail passes public art installations like sculptures and murals.
The art may change from time to time, which means you're almost always in for a new experience.
If you need to take a coffee break, you're in luck.
Grab a cappuccino at Hub Coffee Roasters, 727 Riverside Dr. You can grab it to-go or stay and enjoy the outdoor seating.
You can always rest on a bench or chill at Wingfield Park.
The large park, located partially on an island, includes an amphitheater and grass. Maybe you'll catch some live music.
But mostly this trail is about taking in the gorgeous waterfront.
The river is a desirable habitat for fish, including the Lahontan cutthroat and rainbow trout.
It really is crystal-clear.
The temperature of the water typically ranges between 50 and 70 degrees.
If you don't make it in time for summer, don't worry.
The changing seasons bring beautiful new shades to your walk.
Oh, and have we mentioned the sunsets?
The Riverwalk is best enjoyed during sunlight, but you'll definitely regret it if you miss the amazing layers of color provided by a Nevada sunset. It's the perfect way to end a leisurely day on this gorgeous waterfront trail.