Dry Creek Parkway

California

Dry Creek Parkway Facts

States: California
Counties: Placer, Sacramento
Length: 7.5 miles
Trail end points: Dry Creek Rd. south of Curved Bridge Rd. (Rio Linda) and Cook Riolo Rd. and Glaser Ln. (Roseville)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6738741
Trail activites: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Horseback Riding, Walking

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Dry Creek Parkway Description

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, two segments are completed, and future plans include linking the trail to the Ueda Parkway and Sacramento Northern Bikeway to provide a network of pathways that connect downtown Sacramento to Roseville and the northern suburbs.

The 2.9-mile southern segment begins in the Rio Linda/Elverta community at the Dry Creek Ranch on Dry Creek Road. History buffs may wish to stop at the ranch's historical museum which educates visitors on the area's pioneers. As you continue north on the trail, you'll find the tree-lined creek on one side and scenic pastoral landscapes on the other. The trail ends at U Street, between the Cherry Island Golf Course and the Cherry Island Soccer Complex. In addition to several fields, the Soccer Complex features 12 acres of wetlands, picnic areas and a building where trail-goers can find restrooms and food. A 6-foot-wide equestrian dirt path also runs parallel to the paved trail.

The Roseville segment is farther north, beginning in a residential area off of Walerga Road, just south of Baseline Road. It travels nearly 5 miles east along the creek to Cook Riolo Road. Mid-trail, travelers will come to a golf course and trail spur that runs a short distance south.

Great care has been taken to protect and preserve the riparian habitat all along the creek. On their journey, trail-goers may see great blue herons, egrets, hawks, turtles, beavers and other wildlife.

Parking and Trail Access

For the southern segment, a gravel parking lot is available at Dry Creek Ranch off Dry Creek Road. Parking is also available at the Cherry Island Soccer Complex at the corner of 28th and U Streets.

For the northern segment, ample off-street parking can be found at Dry Creek Community Park (9245 Walerga Road). On-street parking can also be found in the residential neighborhoods at the western end of this segment.

Dry Creek Parkway Reviews

Parked on the South end of the trail. Biked North along the creekside. The trail lacks shade. Bring a hat for shade. Lots of dirt paths branch out from the paved bike path for additional riding.

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