The popular, paved Unity Trail begins in Soldotna and winds its way around 9 miles to Kenai. It’s popular with locals and travelers alike for all kinds of activities: walking, biking, jogging, birding, rollerblading, and more. When fall comes around, it’s a great stroll to check out the changing colors. And in winter, it makes for excellent fat biking!
The trail is a great outing for bicyclists. At the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex you’ll find a bike repair station with a pump for low tires and a set of tools (as well as some direction cards for basic fixes).
Ride the pathway between towns, or take advantage of bike lanes on local roads and make a loop. Start at the Soldotna Visitor Center and follow Kalifornsky Beach Road. Take a right at Bridge Access Road, a right at Beaver Loop, a right at Kenai Spur, then another right and follow the paved path along the Sterling Highway back to the Visitor Center. It’s an invigorating, scenic, 20-mile ride! If you’re interested in doing some birding along the way, take the detour at Bridge Access Road and stop at the Kenai River Flats scenic overlook—a great place to spot Alaskan birds. And if you need to rent a bike, stop in the visitor center (or give them a call) and get their advice on where to find one.