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The American River Parkway (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 Foundation. 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 Bikeway 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.
Two beautiful, not-to-miss pedestrian bridges that cross the river along the route are: the Guy West Bridge, a suspension bridge which links the trail to the California State University campus, and the Fair Oaks Bridge, a truss bridge built in the early 1900s.
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.
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.
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