There are numerous trails in the Santa Barbara area suitable for cross country trail running of varying degrees of difficulty. Santa Barbara is widely known for its excellent and varied trail running opportunities located in the front country overlooking the city. Trail running has progressively increased over the years and is now one of the most popular forms of outdoor activity in Santa Barbara County.

These suggested trails feature fantastic natural qualities ranging from picturesque views, swimming holes, waterfalls, wildlife, riparian forests, and more depending on the time of year.

Here is a selected list of some of the best trails in the area suited for running.