American River Bike Trail (Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail)

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The American River Bike Trail (a.k.a. the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail) hugs the banks of the American River as it flows through riparian habitat preserved by the American River Parkway. The trail runs for 32 miles between Discovery Park in Old Sacramento and Folsom Lake's southwestern banks at Beal's Point. The bike path meets the Sacramento Northern Bike Trail just north of Del Paso Boulevard near Azteca Stadium.

The two-lane trail is completely paved, with mile markers, trailside maps, water fountains, restrooms and telephones along the way. There are also plenty of places to stop to eat, rest or enjoy the scenery. Most of the trail is shaded and level, although the route does traverse some rolling terrain. Along the way you'll pass through several parks and swimming areas, as well as through the suburban enclaves of Sacramento.

About 2 miles of the trail is on-road in a designated bike lane. In addition, the popular trail is shared by many different users, including in-line skaters and equestrians.

Parking and Trail Access

There are numerous access points and places to park along the 32-mile route. Check the map for further details. Trail Access Points (from east to west): Negro Bar 3.1, Hazel Ave 8.4, Fish Hatchery 8.6, Sunrise Blvd 11.3, Goethe Park 17.0, Arden Bar 17.8, Watt Ave 21.2, Howe Ave 22.9, CSUS 23.4, Cal Expo 25.2, Discovery Park 31.3, Old Town 32.

Reviews

pretty ride

   October, 2014 by mmuyeda

Ride from Discovery Park to Watt. Trail winds its way along the river and inland. Lots of birds and squirrels. Fresh air. Almost entirely flat. read more

Awesome bike trail in Sacramento

   May, 2013 by mkoyama

After reading reviews about this trail, my wife and I decided to give this a try. We had read negative reviews about the trail in the Discovery Park area, so we decided to avoid that section and drive from downtown to a trailhead near Watt St. After driving ...read more

Best thing about Sacramento

   October, 2012 by brinyac

Well-maintained, a bit crowded on weekends due to running groups. A great area resource! read more