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American River Parkway

Discovery Park to Hazel Avenue, 4,800-acres of Public Park Along 23 Miles of River, Sacramento, CA 95825
+1 916-486-2773
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The crown jewel of Sacramento's parks

The parkway is actually called the Jedidiah Smith Parkway, in honor of an early, pre-Gold Rush... read more

Reviewed 5 February 2018
EDGEGUY95
A brilliant idea marred by extreme poverty and mental illness

We rented bikes and started the American River Parkway. I expect that if we could have made it far... read more

Reviewed 11 January 2018
Kris J
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Yellowknife, Canada
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A picturesque 23-mile stretch of land along the American River that offers visitors wonderful scenic beauty.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good18%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“discovery park” (17 reviews)
“american river” (29 reviews)
“bike trail” (18 reviews)
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Discovery Park to Hazel Avenue, 4,800-acres of Public Park Along 23 Miles of River, Sacramento, CA 95825
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

The parkway is actually called the Jedidiah Smith Parkway, in honor of an early, pre-Gold Rush explorer. It stretches almost 30 miles from Folsom Lake to just south and east of the Old Sacramento junction of the American River with the Sacramento River. It is...More

2  Thank EDGEGUY95
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

We rented bikes and started the American River Parkway. I expect that if we could have made it far enough out it would have gotten better but the extreme poverty / homlessness of the area made it feel unsafe to ride with children. We did...More

5  Thank Kris J
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

Very expansive environment to recreate. Lots of grass for the kids to run and play. Boat dock is fun to watch with peoples coming and going. The river is very beautiful.

2  Thank Ikedot
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Reviewed 23 December 2017

If you're a bike rider or runner it's a must. All the way from Folsom Lake to downtown Sacramento, bikers fly by, as do many commuters. Some sections of the trail, especially to the east have a great and beautiful feel on the river and...More

1  Thank Steve R
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Reviewed 23 May 2017

I live very near the American River Parkway, and have the distinct privilege to visit almost daily. I constantly marvel at the forethought shown back in the 1960's (I think) to save for posterity the area on either side of the American River as it...More

2  Thank fklose
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Reviewed 25 April 2017

The parkway along the American River runs from downtown all the way to Folsom Lake, 30 miles away. The bike trail is totally safe, off-road from the traffic where you can ride along the river and through several parks. There are also many walking trails...More

1  Thank Krystin123
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Reviewed 15 April 2017

This paved parkway is for walkers, joggers, hikers, and cyclists. It runs from downtown Sacramento to Folsom. There are bathrooms, benches, water fountains and signs along the trail. The trail can be accessed many places with free parking at a lot of entrances. The park...More

1  Thank Jim S
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

The American River parkway (a.k.a. the American River Bike Trail) is a serene, quiet place to unwind and get in a little exercise. Whether you're walking, jogging or riding your bike, it is very beautiful and one of our fair city's gems. My only caution...More

1  Thank MCADAMA
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

I never expected that American River Parkway is one beautiful place to spend an afternoon for meditation and solitude.

Thank Amy S
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Reviewed 8 February 2017

I ride my bike on this parkway 3-4 times/week even in the winter. It is a wonderful, well-maintained place to exercise. The only times I have felt slightly unsafe is in the area near Discovery Park. There are homeless camps in that area along the...More

1  Thank ekhrsl
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Kaynz2016
5 April 2016|
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Response from Annik G | Reviewed this property |
No rent bike on the trail. find rental in Fair Oaks, and maybe also in Sacramento.
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5 October 2015|
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Response from MCPOUSNrtd | Reviewed this property |
Sorry can't help, was staying with friends who live along the Parkway!
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Kim L
22 June 2015|
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Response from Ava K | Reviewed this property |
I see people rafting but usually on big rafts they rent. Only transportation I know of to take you point to point are taxis. But I've only ridden my bike there.
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