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

Awesome ride!

   January, 2015 by blairg1

My boyfriend and I just finished 40 miles on this trail and it was great! I'm new to riding so it was a good beginner trail that was mostly flat. Best part was the view and mile indicators, bathrooms and rest areas along the way. Bikers have the lanes ...read more

Love riding this trail!

   December, 2014 by agemscor

Although there are some sketchy areas with a lot of homeless people on the west end, the majority of the trail is well maintained and enjoyable to ride. The scenery is nice and the trail is wide enough to share with others whether serious riders or casual ...read more

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