Murphy’s Bridle Path
5757 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ
Known throughout the Phoenix area as “the trail with shade” (hey, it’s important for those summer months!), Murphy’s Bridle Path begins at the corner of Bethany Home Road and Central Avenue. The trail extends 2.5 miles past the stately homes of Central Avenue and connects to the Arizona Canal Path for those looking for a longer run or ride. It truly feels like an oasis on a hot day! The multi-use path is a packed dirt surface that is regularly utilized by cyclists, equestrians, and pedestrians. Parking is available in the lot of the North Phoenix Baptist Church, located at 5757 N Central Ave. Because it is pretty much the only shady multi-use path in the Phoenix metro area, it is popular with running groups and can be crowded on the weekends. Make sure to bring your own water and enjoy the shade!