Sacramento, CA Birding Trails and Maps

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Length
Surfaces
Type

Alamo Creek Bikeway

4.4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Bear Creek Trail (Stockton)

8 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Black Diamond Railroad Trail

0.8 mi
State: CA
Dirt

Calaveras River Bike Path

6.71 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Dry Creek Greenway (Roseville)

0.7 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

El Dorado Trail

35.8 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

Folsom South Canal Recreation Trail

15.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Foulks Ranch/Laguna Greenbelt

2 mi
State: CA
Concrete

Humbug-Willow Creek Trail

15 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Laguna Creek Trail

4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Lake Natoma Trail

5.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Miners Ravine Trail

7.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

North Davis Greenways

7 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Pleasant Grove Creek Trail

6.97 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Sacramento River Parkway

8.6 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

San Francisco Bay Trail

328 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Bannon Creek Parkway

1.3 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Dry Creek Parkway

7.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt
Accordion

Elk Grove Creek Trail

8.6 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Johnny Cash Trail

3.2 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Marsh Creek Regional Trail

10 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Napa River Trail

4.2 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Napa Valley Vine Trail

19.87 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Natomas Westside Path

4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Ninos Parkway

1.3 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Sacramento Northern Bikeway

10.1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Sutter Commuter Bikeway

4.65 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Walter S. Ueda Parkway Trail

3.6 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Clarksburg Branch Line Trail

3.2 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Delta de Anza Regional Trail

21 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Folsom Parkway Rail Trail

2.9 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

French Camp Slough Trail

2.7 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Mokelumne Trail

10.2 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Natomas Westlake Path

1.3 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Oak Parkway Trail

2.2 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Two Rivers Trail

1.7 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Yolo Causeway Bike Path

3.7 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Fairfield Linear Park

6.1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Browns Valley Road Trail

1.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Central County Bikeway

2.96 mi
State: CA
Concrete

Del Rio Trail

5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Dentoni Park Trail

1.3 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

East Davis Greenways

13 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Franklin Creek Trail

6.4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Mather Heritage Trail

1.4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

McCoy Creek Trail

0.4 mi
State: CA
Concrete

North Natomas Park Network Trails

8.4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Old Highway 40 Bike Path

2.8 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Pacific Gas and Electric Greenbelt

2.6 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Southside Bikeway

1.25 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Sunrise Bikeway

2 mi
State: CA
Concrete

Vacaville Centennial Park Trail

2 mi
State: CA
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Alamo Creek Bikeway is a shaded path along Alamo Creek in Vacaville. The trail connects residents with several parks, including Nelson Park, Patwin Park and Beelard Park. The trail is not just...
CA 4.4 mi Asphalt
Closure notice: The lower portion of the trail is closed from the Campus Commons Golf Course to the H Street Bridge and from the Route 51 Bridge to the Union Pacific Railroad Crossing. See...
CA 32 mi Asphalt
The Bear Creek Trail is an 8 mile-long paved trail in Stockton, California. The trail has connections to neighborhoods as well as parks and schools. The trail begins on Lower Sarcamento Road...
CA 8 mi Asphalt
The Black Diamond Railroad Trail is within the Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, a splendid place to visit with a fascinating and unique history. From the 1850s to the early 1900s, the region was...
CA 0.8 mi Dirt
Coursing alongside one of Stockton's levees, the Calaveras River Bike Trail services many neighborhoods and provides access to many amenities in the San Joaquin Valley city. The east–west corridor...
CA 6.71 mi Asphalt
Roseville’s Dry Creek Greenway is planned to one day span 4.25 miles through the southern neighborhoods of this central California town. Currently, just shy of a mile of the paved pathway has been...
CA 0.7 mi Asphalt
Overview Passing through California’s historic Gold Rush country, the El Dorado Trail runs more than 35 miles from Camino west to the line between El Dorado and Sacramento counties, just south of...
CA 35.8 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel
The Folsom South Canal Recreation Trail provides a useful connection from southeast Sacramento County to the American River Bike Trail. The canal was constructed in the 1970s as part of the Central...
CA 15.5 mi Asphalt
The Foulks Ranch/Laguna Greenbelt is a neighborhood trail that winds through the Laguna Creek West and Foulks Ranch subdivisions in Elk Grove. The scenic route provides access to several parks,...
CA 2 mi Concrete
The Humbug-Willow Creek Trail shows community at its best, offering plenty of sights, sounds, and activities as it snakes through the city of Folsom. The trail is embedded within a greenbelt that runs...
CA 15 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The Laguna Creek Trail takes users from a trailhead and equestrian staging area on Waterman Road to parks, retail centers and residential neighborhoods both north and south of Camden Lake. The scenic...
CA 4 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Many consider the Lake Natoma Trail to be a part of the American River Bike Trail, but it is a distinct trail that connects with the parkway as part of a larger trail system in Folsom. The trail...
CA 5.5 mi Asphalt
The Miners Ravine Trail winds its way through the city of Roseville, following the course of Miners Ravine and Dry Creek through a wooded greenway and among suburban neighborhoods and business...
CA 7.5 mi Asphalt
The college town of Davis is famous for its bikeability, due in part to the network of neighborhood greenways planned into the community as it grew. This series of bike paths crisscrosses the...
CA 7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Pleasant Grove Creek Trail is a paved hike-and-bike trail in the north of Roseville, California. The trail follows the course of Pleasant Grove Creek from east to west, with another branch flowing...
CA 6.97 mi Asphalt
Overview In the 19th century, thousands of Forty-Niners passed through Sacramento on their way to California’s gold fields. Today, visitors can explore those former haunts in the Old Sacramento...
CA 8.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Overview The San Francisco Bay Trail is a colossal effort to create a 500-mile multiuse trail encircling its namesake bay. Along its course, the trail links 47 cities through 9 counties, providing...
CA 328 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
The Western States Pioneer Trail runs for 34 miles between Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail and Auburn Equestrian Staging Area near Gum Lane in Auburn. The trail, open to hikers and horseback riders...
CA 34.4 mi Dirt, Gravel
The popular Bannon Creek Parkway runs through Jefferson Park and Bannon Creek Park, utilizing a scenic greenbelt throughout most of its length. South Natomas residents can use the trail and Natomas...
CA 1.3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Dry Creek Parkway is an enjoyable cycling and walking corridor through northern Sacramento County and southern Placer County that includes trails, parks and open space along Dry Creek. Currently,...
CA 7.5 mi Asphalt
Accordion
The Elk Grove Creek Trail is open in two disconnected segments along its namesake waterway in the cities of Elk Grove and Sacramento. Both portions offer a smooth paved surface and scenic views of the...
CA 8.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Johnny Cash Trail skirts the Folsom State Prison, which Cash sang about in his well-known 1955 song "Folsom Prison Blues." The trail—formerly known as the Folsom Lake Trail due to its position at...
CA 3.2 mi Asphalt
Marsh Creek Regional Trail follows the sinuous course of Marsh Creek through the outskirts of suburbia and among the rich farmland of Contra Costa County. The 10-mile paved extends north from the...
CA 10 mi Asphalt
The Napa River Trail parallels its namesake river through the City of Napa from Kennedy Park to just south of Trancas Crossing Park. It is currently open in two disconnected segments. The southern...
CA 4.2 mi Asphalt
Overview The Napa Valley Vine Trail will one day connect Calistoga to the Vallejo ferry terminal, with a total distance of 47 miles. The trail roughly parallels State Route 29, a popular wine...
CA 19.87 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The winding Natomas Westside Path provides a connection from Sacramento's growing North Natomas community to South Natomas and the American River Bike Trail, largely facilitated by the installation of...
CA 4 mi Asphalt
The paved trail at the heart of the developing Ninos Parkway uses a utility corridor to connect Sacramento's Northgate neighborhood with city parks, schools and the American River Bike Trail. Plans...
CA 1.3 mi Asphalt
Follow the Sacramento Northern Bikeway for a tour of Sacramento and its surrounding communities, weaving through historic neighborhoods and parks and finishing in a scenic rural area. The paved trail...
CA 10.1 mi Asphalt
The Sutter Bike Path follows a short portion of the old Sacramento Northern Railroad and runs a straight line between Hooper Road and Acacia Avenue. The trail links to bike lanes at Hooper Road, which...
CA 4.65 mi Asphalt
The UC Davis Arboretum and Putah Creek Trails are a bike path often used by the residents of Davis. As its name suggests, it begins at the beautiful UC Davis Arboretum and runs alongside Putah Creek...
CA 5.4 mi Asphalt
Davis is a bike town, and they love the trails that connect to the UC Davis campus. For a little excursion, take the scenic trail out of town and through farmland on the straight shot along Russell...
CA 4.8 mi Asphalt
The Walter S. Ueda Parkway trail occupies the crest of the levee on the west side of Steelhead Creek, a tributary of the Sacramento River that's named for the steelhead trout that live in its waters....
CA 3.6 mi Asphalt
The Clarksburg Branch Line Trail in West Sacramento runs between Jefferson Boulevard at S. River Road and Gregory Avenue where S. River Road loops around and returns. The surface is crushed concrete...
CA 3.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Delta de Anza Regional Trail is 15 miles long, running between Willow Pass Road at Route 4 near Concord and Main Street (Rt. 4) at E. Cypress Road in Oakley. The eastern end in Oakley intersects...
CA 21 mi Asphalt
The Folsom Parkway Rail Trail extends from historic downtown Folsom to a connection with the Lake Natoma Trail north of US 50. The trail provides a direct connection to three light rail...
CA 2.9 mi Asphalt
The French Camp Slough Trail, also known as the San Joaquin River Trail, parallels both waterways on levees in the southern reaches of Stockton. Near its midpoint, the trail connects to the Pacific...
CA 2.7 mi Asphalt
The Mokelumne Trail begins at a shopping center near the intersection of Buchanan Rd. and Somersville Rd in Antioch, California. A section of the Delta de Anza Regional Trail starts on the other side...
CA 10.2 mi Asphalt
Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, the Natomas Westlake Path runs along the shoreline of its namesake lake in the growing Natomas section of Sacramento. While the northern stretch of trail...
CA 1.3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Oak Parkway Trail covers just over 2 miles across Folsom, a suburb of Sacramento, providing an important connection between the eastern and western halves of the city. The tree-dotted pathway...
CA 2.2 mi Asphalt
The Two Rivers Trail runs adjacent to the American River and connects Jibboom Street and State Route 160 in the redeveloping northern reaches of downtown Sacramento. It provides a connection to the...
CA 1.7 mi Asphalt
The Yolo Causeway Bike Path follows a portion of the Yolo Causeway, which carries busy Interstate 80 over the Yolo Bypass floodplain. Beginning in West Sacramento, the path immediately parallels the...
CA 3.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Running from Solano Community College on the southwest edge of town and into the town of Fairfield, the Fairfield Linear Park Path provides convenient bike access to the action on campus and in the...
CA 6.1 mi Asphalt
The Bannister Bike Trail and accompanying Jim Jones Bridge Trail make for a lovely short bike ride in the Sacramento suburbs. At its western endpoint, the trail connects to Bannister Park, a lovely...
CA 1.12 mi Asphalt
The Browns Valley Road Trail is an excellent commuter trail that parallels its namesake road from Vaca Valley Parkway to Brown Street in Vacaville.
CA 1.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Central County Bikeway begins at Suisun-Fairfield train station, which is used by Amtrak and Capitol Corridor trains. The station is in a commercial area between Fairfield and Suisun City. The...
CA 2.96 mi Concrete
Overview The Del Rio Trail is a 5-mile rail-trail in the City of Sacramento, CA. The paved trail is ADA compliant. About the Route Running parallel to Freeport Boulevard with easy access from...
CA 5 mi Asphalt
This is a short neighborhood trail in Stonewood, northwest Stockton, California. The trail starts on Thornton Road next to the Jehovah Witness church and travels for one block until Davis Road. Once...
CA 1.3 mi Asphalt
The East Bay Municipal Utility District Right-of-Way, as its name suggests, is a trail open on a utility corridor in Stockton, although that city is generally considered to be outside the informal...
CA 5.5 mi Asphalt
The college town of Davis is famous for its bikeability, due in part to the network of neighborhood greenways planned into the community as it grew. This series of bike paths crisscrosses the eastern...
CA 13 mi Asphalt, Concrete
One of the newest trails in Elk Grove's impressive system, the Franklin Creek Trail provides extensive recreation and active transportation options to residents of the city's southern neighborhoods....
CA 6.4 mi Asphalt, Concrete
What do you do when you have a disused railroad, and a nearly impassible highway? Rail-trail advocates in Rancho Cordova recognized the potential to solve these challenges as well create new...
CA 1.4 mi Asphalt
The McCoy Creek Path begins near Carl E. Hall Park, which contains a playground and is next to a library and community center. The path runs through a grassy corridor along McCoy Creek. It ends at the...
CA 0.4 mi Concrete
A collection of neighborhood trails in Sacramento's North Natomas community offers convenient access to parks, schools and shopping centers for local residents and visitors. Most are well connected,...
CA 8.4 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Old Highway 40 Bike Path parallels the Union Pacific Railroad and Amtrak's Capitol Corridor line through eastern Davis. Running on the former US 40 right-of-way, the trail is primarily a commuting...
CA 2.8 mi Asphalt
The Pacific Gas and Electric Greenbelt bisects Stockton's Weston Ranch neighborhood diagonally from French Camp Road to the San Joaquin River via an overhead electric utility corridor. The main trail...
CA 2.6 mi Asphalt
The Southside Bikeway connects downtown Vacaville via a former Sacramento Northern Railway corridor to the city's southern neighborhoods near Al Patch Park. The route is a nice, short path, ideal for...
CA 1.25 mi Asphalt
The Sunrise Bikeway is a short but important commuter route in the suburbs of northeast Sacramento, linking neighborhoods with businesses and providing an off-road route that parallels busy Sunrise...
CA 2 mi Concrete
This 2-mile paved trail winds through Centennial Park in the City of Vacaville. Following a former railroad corridor, the path connects a variety of recreational amenities including a number of sports...
CA 2 mi Asphalt

Recent Trail Reviews

El Dorado Trail

El Dorado Bike Trail

July, 2024 by morrisbill

The Class I bike path (paved) starts, in the west end, in the town of El Dorado. It has some "rolling" sections which are short but can challenge a novice rider. From the west turn left on Oriental St, stay left for a short distance to the parking area at the El Dorado Station.

From there the paved trail starts. It crosses Blanchard Rd (uncontrolled crossing), then Forni Rd (controlled crossing with a button to trigger light). You will soon come to Missouri Flat Rd, at the point the trail ends you must get across the 4-lane road + suicide lane. You can see a parking area across the road to the right, the traffic can be heavy and 40mph+. The safest crossing is travelling along the sidewalk to the light near Walmart, then continue on the sidewalk to the parking area, which is where the paved trail continues.

In approx. 100 yards you will see a bike park with a composite track, and has a nice bathroom! After a short climb you will descend to the Weber Creek wooden bridge, hit this at 20+mph on a road bike, it's smoother as you glide over the rather rough wood (they have replaced maybe 30% with smoother wood, need to do the other 70%!!!). After the bridge crossing you will climb a steady 2% grade to a portion that parallels Forni Rd, after you cross Forni Rd you come to a section Dedicated to fallen El Dorado Co Sheriff's Deputy Brian “Ish” Ishmael, RIP!

At the end of this section you will need to ride east on Main St, travelling through downtown Placerville. The traffic is usually heavy, but speeds are low, if you keep your pace up, you can keep up with traffic (please watch for cars pulling out or opening doors!). At the first stop SIGN (not light) turn left on Bedford St, and then a quick right (maybe 30 yards) before Hwy 50 to connect with the trail again.

You will reach the "Placerville Station" bus depot. Directly across Mosquito Rd is the continuation of the trail. Nearly 2 miles on the trail you will come to Jacquier Rd, take a left on this road, then turn right to the El Dorado Trail parking lot, the trail continues from there for 3.5 miles and 580 feet to the end of the paved portion. This is a fairly steady 3% grade with not much relief, so novice bikers may find this a bit of a challenge. Directly across from the end of the paved portion is an unpaved trail for a mile that ends near Hwy 50. I have ridden it on a road bike w/o too much trouble. You can also turn left at the end of the paved portion onto Halcon Rd (10 to 11% grade!), then left on Camino Hills Dr, then left on Vista Tierra, right on Camino Heights Dr, just before 50 make a right on Pondorado Rd this Hwy 50 frontage road will take you to a fairly new round-a-bout and underpass. This will open up a lot of road riding in the Apple Hill area. Narrow roads and some steep hills (10+% grades) and moderate traffic, so ride with day flashing front and rear lights (some areas are in deep woods, so its darkish even in the day). As a local, and have ridden the area many times, I avoid the area Late Sept through Mid Nov. Traffic is really busy and people tend to get lost or frustrated.

For non-road riders (dirt) I have ridden west on the unpaved trail (single track) on a road bike. It was fun until it wasn't! The slide out and low speed fall hitting a rock with my knee wasn't worth the previous mile of fun, trust me! I chalk this up to a complete lack of judgement, especially since I had another set of wider gravel rims with mounted small knobby tires.

UC Davis Arboretum and Putah Creek Trails

extra stars because it was pretty

June, 2024 by qdym76h2rq

DO NOT plan to use this trail with inline skates. It was a disaster. Unless you own all terrain skates, these paths are better for walking, cycling.

Ninos Parkway

ninos park

April, 2024 by pacampos11

It’s ok for beginners there could also be lots of people

Accordion

Sacramento River Parkway

Great for easy, simple bike ride

April, 2024 by brandondjenkins

Great views during the bike trail. My son and I went on a beautiful day. Stoped by old sac for some food on the way back from Discovery Park.

American River Parkway (Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail)

Awesome trail!

February, 2024 by qk58jcpmdw

We really enjoyed this trail! Great views with lots of places to stop. And plenty of restrooms. We went during the week and there were a lot of people out there. I can imagine it gets pretty crowded on the weekends. But, we would definitely ride this one again.

Sutter Commuter Bikeway

Great path for a little getaway

February, 2024 by tp6frrprch

Sure happy to have this path available for our communities. A great way to get out and get some fresh air and the views.

Miners Ravine Trail

My Perfect Trail

December, 2023 by sfdrummer

I’m from out of town and was looking for a trail on which we could walk our little dog. I was hoping for something flat, safe, well-maintained, and devoid of poison oak. This trail was all of that, with extra bonuses of wide pavement and absolutely gorgeous surroundings. All of us, including my dog, loved it. We’ll be coming back whenever we visit.

Sacramento River Parkway

Electric skateboard

July, 2023 by jbwpyfgzqx

Not bad

Dry Creek Greenway (Roseville)

skating

July, 2023 by jbwpyfgzqx

Perfect for dirt skateboard there’s places to explore everywhere you go

Black Diamond Railroad Trail

interesting place to explore- go when it’s not too hot

July, 2023 by kawkaw999

Mostly this location is good to hike. MTB was tough since there’s some pretty steep hills and not a ton of room to run. me and my friend had fun but we had to walk our bikes up a couple times. We are also both almost 60 year old women so… Maybe a young 25 year old guy can write up those with no problem …¿ but we didn’t see anybody else riding bicycles there maybe one guy. a lot of the areas are not shaded or protected so don’t go when it’s over 90°. But it’s a beautiful spot with some cool areas to explore. but if I was gonna go back I would probably just go for hiking

Lake Natoma Trail

midnight skateboard

July, 2023 by jbwpyfgzqx

It is really fun

Marsh Creek Regional Trail

trail addition

December, 2022 by 4psb2wyvrd

They have just opened a new addition at the West End of the marsh Creek Trail. You cross over Concord Avenue and continue on for an approximate mile and a half to near the intersection of Vineyard Parkway. And marsh Creek Road

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