LA is waking up to the adventure in it’s backyard – the Los Angeles River! The River offers angelenos a dizzying array of outdoor activities and is well on the way to becoming the premier open space in Los Angeles.
Recreation is crucial to FOLAR’s mission of ecological restoration. When angelenos gather on the River it creates a culture of stewardship and investment that promotes change.
Find your next LA River experience here.
The Frog Spot
The Frog Spot is FOLAR’s visitor center and cafe on the LA River Bike Path in the Elysian Valley. With live music, river tours, advocacy events, and more the Frog Spot is a hotspot for the LA River Community.
The LA River Map and Guide
FOLAR’s create the first pocket map for LA River visitors! If you’re looking for the perfect park or planning your next bike ride our LA River Map and Guide is where you need to start.
Where to Bike
Bike paths line the LA River and course through dozens of neighborhoods connecting people across LA County. FOLAR is working to expand the paths and create a true 51 mile bike path from the mountains to the sea.
Imagine yourself on a bicycle, coasting along the sinuous LA River on a late Southern California afternoon. Light dappling through cottonwoods and sycamores while mountains, valleys, and floodplains come and go until you’re met by the California coast and the Pacific Ocean.
Every year more and more walkers and bikers, individuals and families enjoy the paths and parks that dot the river banks in the SF valley, Glendale Narrows, and Gateway Cities. While the LA River isn’t a contiguous serene path yet, much progress is being made that promises a complete path near in the future.
Use our interactive bike path map to find the path for you.
Completing the LA River Bike Path
Every day people ask, “Why aren’t the paths on the LA River connected?” FOLAR is working hard to address this problem. Thanks to some concerted political action and support from you, the River community, on the 2016 Measure M, we’re very close to single continuous pathway from the mountains to the sea.
LA River Recreation Zones
Every summer the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority opens up Los Angeles River Recreation Zones in the Elysian Valley and Sepulveda Basin. During the recreation season angelenos flock to the LA River to enjoy parks, biking, boating, and more!
Explore the LA River Rec zones with our interactive map
Learn more about the LA River Rec Zones at www.lariverrecreation.org
Expanding LA River Recreation
FOLAR is always working to expand the opportunities angelenos have to experience the LA River. Expanding the Recreation Zones is essential to the creation of a restored LA River and creating a culture of LA River stewardship.
In the near future FOLAR hopes to see the creation of an Lower LA River Recreation Zone. Communities like Compton and Long Beach deserve the same level of access and recreation as the Elysian Valley and San Fernando Valley.