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San José has a large inventory of interpretive signs installed along the Guadalupe River, Los Gatos Creek and Albertson Parkway trail systems. Interpretive information helps trail visitors better understand the city's history, riverside ecology or other subject matter. Signage found within the Guadalupe River Park (Highway 280 to Highway 101) is often found on elaborative sign displays that add to the visual interest.

Trails have been a feature of the San Jose landscape for a very long time.  Thousands of years ago, the Ohlone People lived along the rivers and creeks and used trails to access the waterways.  In the 1760's Spanish explorers reported discovery of the waterway that cuts through Santa Clara County and in 1777, the Mexican expedition leader, Juan Bautista de Anza named the river Rio de la Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe. Click here for video about early San Jose along the Guadalupe River. The expedition's trail through the west would later identified as the Juan Bautista De Anza national trail system.  In the mid 20th century, community proponent Leonard McKay published a vision for Bicycle Highways in San Jose.  The vision is very much like today's developing trail network that extends throughout the city and continues to grow.

Guadalupe River Trail 
Lower Guadalupe River Trail (Gold Street to Highway 880) 

Guadalupe River Park (Highway 880 to Highway 280)

Upper Guadalupe River (Highway 280 to Virginia Street)

Los Gatos Creek Trail Albertson Parkway

Penitencia Creek Trail