Fresno Blossom Trail
California,  United States

2024 Fresno Blossom Trail Guide [Map + Tips for Visiting]

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Spring is in the air! And in Central California that means millions of buds are in bloom, decorating the Fresno Blossom Trail with their sweet fragrance and pastel petals.

As the agricultural capital of California, Fresno’s Blossom Trail is special because there aren’t many places in the world where you can find this sheer volume of blossoms in one place.

As a Fresno local, driving the blossom trail is my yearly spring tradition to welcome the new beauty and celebrate the agriculture that surrounds me. This also means I know the best tips and timing to see the blooms.

Just be sure to time your visit right- the trail is only in bloom for a few short weeks out of the year, usually between February and March.

In this post, I’m sharing the best tips for driving the Fresno Blossom Trail, including an interactive Google Map as well as recommendations for where to stop on the trail.

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About the Fresno Blossom Trail

The Fresno Blossom Trail is one of the top things to do in Fresno for good reason. California produces one-third of US-grown fruits and nuts, and Fresno is one of the leading counties in agricultural production.

Since almonds are one of Fresno’s top crops you will find plenty of almond orchards along the Fresno Blossom Trail. If you are lucky you can also find apple, apricot, lemon, orange, peach, and plum orchards.

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Almond Blossoms

There are a few things to keep in mind before you visit the Blossom Trail.

The first is to time your trip right. The trail is only in bloom for a few weeks out of the year and is highly dependent on the weather. Dry or cold weather can delay the blooms, while rain and sunshine can speed them up!

The other thing to consider is the farmer’s property and livelihood. It is important not to disturb the bees or pick the blossoms. Also, many orchards along the blossom trail post “Keep Out” or “No Trespassing” signs.

Fresno Blossom Trail Map

Driving the blossom trail is the easiest way to experience the blooms. This blossom trail Google map shows the official route, but you will find orchards and blooms all throughout the map area.

Local Tip: I loved driving the trail with my car windows down. The aromatic blooms are fragrant enough to be smelled from a moving car!

Where Does the Blossom Trail Start?

The easiest place to start the Fresno Blossom Trail drive is at the intersection of Clovis Avenue and Central. I like to start here because it is easy to spot the Blossom Trail signage off the Clovis Avenue shoulder.

There are Blossom Trail signs with arrows just before every turn on the route, but some of them are faded and can be hard to spot if you aren’t looking for them. I also made sure to screenshot the map ahead of time as you can potentially lose service on some parts of the trail.

almond blossom orchard in Fresno California

Where Does the Blossom Trail End?

The Fresno Blossom Trail is a self-guided tour so it is completely up to you when and where you want to end. Cue the cliche “it’s not about the destination it’s about the journey.”

However, the suggested trail is a loop so if you follow it you will end up right back where you started!

Tips for Driving the Fresno County Blossom Trail

Bring a partner to navigate and look over the trail directions before you leave. Expect to lose cell service at some parts of the trail as well.

Most of all, do not trespass. You can park on the shoulder and wander by the trees lining the road but do not enter the orchards. All the orchards on the Blossom Trail are private property.

  • Fill up on gas ahead of time, the full trail is over 60 miles long.
  • Bring water and allergy medicine.
  • Prepare to see bees and stay a safe distance from them. They are hard at work!
  • There aren’t many places for bathroom breaks so plan accordingly.
  • Roll your windows down to get the full effect of the trail.
  • Screenshot the map and prepare for the lack of cell service.
  • Drive slow and obey traffic laws.
  • Don’t block local traffic. Pull over to the side of the road if you are stopping.
  • Don’t touch or pluck the blossoms.
  • Don’t trespass.

Places to Stop on the Fresno Blossom Trail

The blossom trail will take you near some fun places to stop and explore.

School House Tavern is my go-to lunch place on the trail. As the name suggests, it offers New American cuisine in a historic 1920s schoolhouse! It can also be a good rendezvous point if you get lost or veer off the official blossom trail.

Another popular place to experience the blossoms is at Hillcrest Farm. Just like their special Christmas train, ride the mini steam engine around the blossoming fields and enjoy food trucks on select days.

Here are all my favorite stops along the Blossom Trail:

School House Restaurant on the blossom trail in Sanger

The old schoolyard is on a lot sandwiched between oranges, grape vineyards, and apricots, so you can experience plenty of blossoms even if you drive straight here.

Where to Take Blossom Photos in Fresno

Just to reiterate, all the orchards on the Fresno County Blossom Trail are private property. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get amazing blossom photos!

The Fresno State orchards off Sierra between Chestnut and Cedar are my favorite place to take Fresno blossom photos. The fields and orchards are open to the public, they have easy walking trails, and street parking is available in the neighborhood along Sierra Avenue.

FAQ

How long is the Fresno County Blossom Trail?

The official trail is 65.9 miles long.

When is the Fresno Blossom Trail in bloom?

The Blossom Trail is usually in bloom from late February to early March. But dry or cold weather can delay the blooms, while rain and sunshine can speed them up!

What blossoms are on the Fresno County Blossom Trail?

Almond, plum, apricot, peach, nectarine, apple, and orange blossoms can be found on the Fresno Blossom Trail.

Where is the Fresno Blossom Trail?

The Fresno Blossom Trail is located in Fresno County in the orchards south of the 180 and east of the 99. It overlaps Clovis, Sanger, Reedley, Selma, Fowler, and Kingsburg.

When is the best time to visit the Fresno Blossom Trail?

The Blossom Trail is usually in bloom from late February to early March. But dry or cold weather can delay the blooms, while rain and sunshine can speed them up!

Can you walk the Fresno Blossom Trail?

The best way to see the trail is by car or by bike. There are no sidewalks along the official Blossom Trail and traffic is not used to slowing for pedestrians. It is possible to park and walk along some of the orchards but it would be difficult to walk the entire trail.

Bees on the Fresno almond blossoms

Overall the trail is a pleasant way to get to see Fresno County and appreciate the agriculture industry. If you liked this guide, be sure to check out some of my other Fresno favorites.

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