American River Bike Trail (Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail) is a 28.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Sacramento, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Jedediah Smith Trail, also known as the American River Bike Trail. Is a paved trail that runs along the American River. This trail is easy, with nice views of the river. Named after Jedediah Smith, the fur trader from the 1860's. Multi-use paved trail which start at MIle 0 at Discovery Park downtown Sacramento ending on Mile 31.6 Beals Point. This trail has many entrances from main roads, neigborhoods, parks, lakes and railways.
I particularly like the section near the Nimbus Fish Hatchery. Wonderful views of the river. Rich wildlife. Good shared access for walker, biker and equestrian.
The initial entrance was uninviting. However the sound of vehicles, sirens and the like were very quickly replaced with birds chirping, as well as leaves rustling and dropping.
I have literally grown up on this trail. There are several off shoots and unpaved trails for running and even horses as well, especially in the Fair Oaks and Orangevale areas.
CAUTION - DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CAR PARKED ON BRIDGE STREET IN FAIR OAKS NEAR THE 20 MILE MARK UNLESS YOU WANT IT TO GET BROKEN INTO
Nice walk...I only walked about 3 miles but you can definitely walk, run or bike along the trails.
Loved it! Not too crowded, was clean, and easy parking.
It's a great place for a run and i enjoy the view of the river.
loved this trail. very clean, not too crowded. enjoyed this one!
At the place where all trails had me start, it was paved but just after a couple miles The road changed to gravel which wasn't comfortable. Also there were several areas of private property. Perhaps beginning of the trail at another area would've been better.