Sacramento Northern Bikeway Trail is a 10 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.

10.0 miles
111 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

road biking



rails trails



wild flowers

7 months ago

Could be a great potential place to hike someday but it has turned into a large homeless encampment. Lots of trash in and around “campsites ”. Sad to see.

It makes it a dangerous place for people walking by yourself. It also takes away the peace and joy of being out in nature when your heart is breaking for all those forced to live in tents and cardboard shelters.

Will not go back to hike this trail again. This is not a good hiking trail but is okay for those on bikes.

road biking
10 months ago

Flat with some baby rollers. Beautifully paved car-free bike trail with runnable dirt alongside. I’ve been riding and running along the River trail for almost 15 years now. Unfortunately I can’t recommend anything north of Guy West Bridge at Sac State anymore. It’s just not safe, particularly if you’re a cautious solo female. Such a shame.

road biking
11 months ago

Car free and a good surface for road bikes. Even in fall with all the leaf litter skinny wheels were totally fine. Trail crosses numerous roads and cars were very courteous.

mountain biking
Saturday, December 22, 2012

This is probably the straightest, and most level, bike trail in the Sacramento area. It follows the old Sacramento Northern Electric Railroad bed from downtown Sacramento, through the farming community of Rio Linda, and ends at the junction of Rio Linda Blvd and Elverta Rd; some 10 miles to the North.

The trail leads through some of the more economically depressed areas of Sacramento, but I've always found it a good solo bike ride. If your not so adventurous, you might want to share the experience with a friend.

mountain biking
6 months ago

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road biking
9 months ago

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