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Best trails in American River Parkway

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Explore the most popular trails in American River Parkway with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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Accessibility: All county regional parking areas have designated, handicalled-accessible parking spaces. Wheelchairs and motorized wheelchairs are allowed on all regional trails. All restrooms and indoor facilities within the county regional parks are ADA compliant. There is an accessible dock at William B. Pond Recreation Area. More accessible trails and facilities information can be found here: https://regionalparks.saccounty.net/Parks/Pages/ADAPart35TitleIIInformation.aspx

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Top trails (4)
#1 - Guy West Bridge to Watt Avenue Bridge
American River Parkway
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 1 h 59 m
As of March 30, 2020, users have reported that the area around the electricity towers are closed for maintenance. Please consult the park's website before visiting. Accessibility: The trail has a smooth paved surface and is typically at least eight feet wide. There are offshoot dirt trails that may be narrower and steeper. It is mostly flat with an average grade of 1% and a max grade of 6%. Most manual wheelchair and stroller users will find this trail navigable.Show more
#2 - American River Bike Trail (Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail)
American River Parkway
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Length: 28 mi • Est. 11 h 38 m
Note: the trail is closed for maintenance between Willow Creek & Nimbus Flat from Aug 31 - Sept 25, 2020. Jedediah Smith Trail -- also known as the American River Bike Trail -- is a paved, multi-use trail that runs along the American River. This trail is easy, with nice views of the river. It begins at Discovery Park in downtown Sacramento and ends 31 miles away in Beal's Point in Folsom. This trail has many entrances from main roads, neighborhoods, parks, lakes and railways. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved, smooth, and typically at least six feet wide. It is flat with an average grade of 1% and a max grade of 3%. Most wheelchair and stroller users will find this trail navigable. There are many dirt spur trails down to the river that may be narrower and steeper. There are accessible restrooms along the trail as all restrooms facilities within Sacramento county regional parks are ADA compliant. There is a wheelchair-accessible dock at William B. Pond Recreation Area along the trail. Show more
#3 - Dave Moore Nature Trail
American River Parkway
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 26 m
This little gem of a trail highlights not only some of the wonderful flora of the area, but a little of the gold mining history as well. This a great trail for kids, dogs and families. Wheelchairs can use half the loop, start on the side closest to the bathroom. You can not take a wheelchair on the complete loop. Great river access. You will find dinosaurs hiding along the trail that are not meant to take home but to move along the trail. It's a great way to keep the kids interested in the hike without complaints.Show more
#4 - American River via Bannister Park
American River Parkway
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 52 m