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.

If you take the trail starting by the bathroom the walk is very short to the river. I wished we would’ve started going the other way on the loop- closer to the cars, to make our hike to the river the longest rather then having our wet children walk longer back to the car. :)

We looooove this trail. It’s great for my daughter who has Down syndrome and for her, walking long distances is hard. This is just perfect! It’s also fun to sit at the little beach and watch the people rafting! Wave and say hello to them! Everyone is super friendly!

In a sketchy neighborhood with questionable people. Luckily there were enough (barely) cyclists passed by that we made it out ok. View wise, one side is good but not the other side. Flat all the way

Nice if you want to keep it simple.

river current was very strong. beautiful hike. easy :)

over grown
2 months ago

Great trail! My 3 year old walked the whole way. It took about an hour, plus time spent at the river having lunch. Lots of mosquitoes and poison oak. I took the stroller for my 1 year old, but I’ll definitely bring her in the backpack next time instead. The loop wasn’t great for strollers in some spots. We will definitely come back here!

Very fun and engaging for my six year old daughter we found 4 dinosaurs very cool idea!!

trail certainly not marked off enough

3 months ago

Found this trail a week ago when looking for something to do & loved it. Came back this weekend with my dog & walked the whole thing. Ran into a lot of friendly people both times. Enjoyed the scenery & the sounds of the birds & turkeys, definitely a place I will come back to.

I love this trail. It is very easy and I love the views. My favorite is coming towards the end of the loop that takes you back to the parking lot and all of the trees are leaning/bending kind of makes it look like your walking under a long tree arch way. The trail all the way down to the river is wheelchair accessible, which I find awesome. The rest is not. But none the less, this is a great trail to take, if your looking for something easy, quite, pretty and short in distance. This is the one.

Hiked this back in October, nice little trail, short and flat, good spot for a picnic! My dog,loved splashing around in the water too!

5 months ago

Awesome trail for my 3 year old. Finding and hiding treasure is fun. Will always come back.

5 months ago

Nice riverfront walk with some ok views. Paved pretty much the whole way, the bridge otw back to the east side of the river is the watt car/pedestrian bridge. I powerwalked this trail with my mom when we didn’t have time to drive out of town. I count this as an urban wildlife interface walks which can be some of the most interesting.

5 months ago

Nice river hike/walk. You can make the most of the trail by walking along the river as far and deep into the peninsula that this trail encompasses. In the winter depending on the water levels there are some cool offshoots down to the inlets. There are a lot of fire roads which are effectively rocky paths so stick to the trail or take the scenic route. If you want to shorten the trail start at Bannister Park not the entrance to San Juan. Chihuahua mix loved exploring but the river rock underfoot got a bit much for him.

Wonderful hike with a 7 year old and baby carried in a backpack.

awesome loop trail. We brought our dogs several times. Lots of people on weekends hanging out at the river during summer months. Nice little beach on the river half way through this hike. Easy access with parking and a toilet at the trailhead.

Trail is well maintained and safe. No inclines and can be walked leisurely. No issues with sharing. Plenty of residential parking available on La Riviera.

8 months ago

First hike with our infant in the backpack, it was perfect and easy. We took our dogs as well, they so enjoyed the dips in the water. We saw one other person with their dog.

road biking
9 months ago

I like to park at or near the Rivers Edge restaurant on Riviera at Watt. I follow the Watt bridge on-ramp over the river to the American River Recreation area bike trail. That parking pot also serves a bike store, a couple of Brew pubs, and a Big Lots store.

Was a great hike, lots of trees and was worth the drive to visit it.

For passenger vehicle parking, try University Avenue near Guy West Bridge (zoom in on map to find where Guy West Bridge is located). And the side streets within the circle of University Avenue. Check street signs for time limit and confirm if any permits are required. Many spin-off dirt trails towards the river accessible by walkers and horses only. Dirt trails away from river accessible by all three users = hikers, bikers, horses. Please respect other trail users. Please be wise and keep your dog on a leash. There's too much traffic on this section of the ART and you'd be heartbroken if another dog attacked your dog, or if a cyclist collided with your dog. Flexi-leashes are dangerous to cyclists and runners. You also don't know how your dog might respond to a horse. Some dogs go ballistic when they see a horse, which is dangerous to horseback riders. Keep your dog close to you. Thank you.

11 months ago

Very good trail for families with small kids, short and easy, beautiful area. Thank you, Javier Antonio, for hidden dinos, it was such an interesting challenge, we've found just 5 )) There's river access from trail. Please have plastic bags if you have dog with you.

loveeeeee since I was 11 years old

Monday, June 18, 2018

Awesome trail, just right for my 3 and 5 year olds. Took our time and spotted quite a few (more than 1, less than 15) hidden dinosaurs! Such an awesome idea, kept the kids engaged, exploring and excited to see around the next bend.

Followed the directions which led me to a parking lot to URV which is the University Residence Village parking lot. So whoever posted the directions most likely lives there or goes to the university. Every space is marked Permit Parking or has a number and the entry gate says access to URV residents only. I am sure there are other access points along the way but just didn’t have the energy to locate another entry point. So if someone knows a more accessible-to-all access point, please point it out.

nature trips
Saturday, May 12, 2018

This was our families first little hiking trip and we absolutely had a blast. I have a 5 year old and 4 month and we all did this with a breeze. Very Easy. The drive in was fun, very winding roads. Free parking. Nice spot halfway through by the river, sandy area to have lunch. There is also random picnic tables along the trail. Great for Kids! little dinosaur toys along the trail. Would be a fun tradition to place a new dinosaur somewhere special. Definitely will come again.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A good walk but not outstanding - except for a great bridge to view and walk over!!! We did this hike in the winter and it was overcast and cool.

trail running
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Its great for running, you have inclines & flat areas, and its a scenic run as well.

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