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.

hiking
muddy
4 days ago

The trail was nice as always. We only found 1 dinosaur this time. Please bring a dino with you next time you come out, we will. Also someone was stomping all the big mushrooms:(

The trailhead is inaccessible. Park somewhere else. There is a parking lot on the south side of the river at Howe Street and also at Watt street. Or you can park on the north side of the Guy West Bridge.

Grandaughter like the trail so much, we did it twice! She loved searching for the little treasures (dinosaurs and shells) stashed along the trail and finding new spots to "hide" them. Easy trail with a nice area at the rivers edge.

Offers paved or non-paved trails. Great for a rainy day stroll.

Beautiful trail and terrain. Great for families, dogs and people of all abilities. The loop, view, trees and rock formations are worth the trip. The trail is easy and provides many opportunities for kids to explore. The only downside is there is evidence that many people are not picking up after their dogs on this trail.

Beautiful. We took a side trail and got a little lost but it was wonderful.

Paved non-hike full of white middle class uppity snobs. They take everything enjoyable and ruin it. Also note: this path has a special rule for walkers/joggers to stay "in the left shoulder". TONS of bikers. Hikers should drive the extra 10 minutes to avoid.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

1701 University Ave is definitely the place to start. Easy access to trail, plenty of free parking. It was a great trail to walk the pug. Three quarters of trail shaded with tall trees. Clean, no bums in sight!(shockers for Sacramento) Beautiful fall view crossing the river.

hiking
scramble
5 months ago

Beautiful along the river. Parked at the dog park on American River drive. No homeless people. Lots of bikes thought.

parking issue

The directions of where to park for this trail are incorrect. Drive to 1701 University Avenue and park near the dog park. You can access the trail from there. We walked the North side of the river and had no problems with homeless people. If you walk west from the dog park and cross the bridge you will enter the Sacramento State University campus.

Easy trail with many off the paved trail options. The river and scenery are beautiful, lots of butterflies and wildlife

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

hiking
7 months ago

anyone with kids. easy 1 mile with a beach.

Nice if you want to keep it simple.

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

hiking
bugs
over grown
8 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

walking
10 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!

hiking
11 months ago

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

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