Stanislaus River Trail From Knights Ferry

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Stanislaus River Trail From Knights Ferry is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Oakdale, 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.

DISTANCE
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
236 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

historic site

hiking
8 hours ago

I took my two small dogs with me and we had a great time. There were a lot of people but it didn't detract from the experience and having other people/families and dog walkers around made for a nice atmposphere. It was easy enough to walk with the dogs, though they quit walking on me at one point for the uphill as they are small and quite old. There are cool historical sites to look at and an awesome bridge to walk through. As you walk further down the trail(s), there are many you can take, you get great views of the river and the surrounding. You can find a trail that can take you down to the river to swim if you like. It was an enjoyable day and walk and I would definitley go back. Drive through or walk to the small town if Knights Ferry as well. It is a cute little town.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful and very easy hike. My 11 and 9 year olds were able to hike it without a problem. Cute little museum for the kids. There were other trails to test your strength and abilities, but the main trail itself was easy.

10 days ago

We are coming back soon!❤

1 month ago

We went on Sunday evening, it was absolutely beautiful but it was crowded! Several people playing really loud music with no regard for others. It’s too bad because the views are gorgeous, there were tons of wildflowers, and a lot of wildlife to see... we will go back but hope for a more respectful crowd.

1 month ago

incredible views! so many wild flowers.

Parking: $5 (doesn't accept cash only card)

has a historic land mark great for kids to learn some history and the view and walk is a great plus. there are restrooms up the hike.

dogs ok on leash.

i really liked this hike and would recommend

hiking
1 month ago

very beautiful!

2 months ago

Beautiful easy hike.

hiking
3 months ago

For being so close to the cities here it's a hike with some really nice views and tons of secluded spots to hang out for periods of time.. nothing too epic about the hike, but the ease to quality ratio is high with thus one

hiking
3 months ago

I live very close to this trail, so it is a great place to walk my dog and let her swim on the river. During the spring all of the poppys and other wildflowers make this place incredible

hiking
4 months ago

Perfect New Year Day hike. Venture off the main trail for the smaller, along-the -river exploring paths. So many specials secluded spots. Beautiful part of the river.

4 months ago

This is one of our favorite hikes. It’s like being in Yosemite, but you don’t have to drive so far.

hiking
5 months ago

Lots of off trail trails to see and climb the rocks if you cross the covered bridge. Gorgeous views!!! Dog did amazing as well and was not difficult for her. River is beautiful

6 months ago

great trail. good view the whole time.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice change of pace from the normal Central Valley agriculture. Small fee for parking but well worth it. Trail starts at the Information center and traverses up to the historic site and beyond. Feel free to hike the trail and explore on the way back. Lovely views and a great afternoon out. Plenty of picnic tables and river access!

7 months ago

Gorgeous scenery! River is a tad cold, but sure cooled me off.

hiking
8 months ago

There are a couple of trail options, when you come. You can stay on the old, dirt road and have a nice hilly walk, or you can meander along the trails closer to the riverbank for a better work out. Nearer the river, there are large rocks and boulders that need to be navigated around. We went early in the morning, but it was hot by 1030. Saw a lot of ground squirrels, a few rabbits, lizards, snakes (no rattles), hawks and turkey vultures. The river was lovely. Dogs can come on a leash. The National Parks annual pass was valid at this site.

hiking
9 months ago

Had a blast here !!!

hiking
9 months ago

My family and I really enjoyed it. We hiked back a bit and we were able to go swimming in the river. Our dogs really enjoyed it also!

9 months ago

Perfect for rock climbers and cliff jumpers. Water is crystal clear but always soooo cold! Love this place

Nice short trail with great looks at the river. Pretty good traffic, dogs are allowed to come as well. Picnic area for family outings if you want to set it up. Parking was a little tough to spot as I got there around 10 AM.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice getaway from Modesto.

trail running
11 months ago

Bridge was nice, it's right near the parking lot. The trail itself becomes very narrow after the first half mile and isn't the best for running. You also have to hop over a barbed wire fence at one point.

hiking
11 months ago

Great, fairly well-maintained trail for hiking. There is a mild change in elevation and quite a bit of rocks but nothing too difficult. It's $5 to park (otherwise free if you have a national park pass or anything similar to that). Very dog friendly. We brought brought dog booties just in case :) but our dog didn't need them and she enjoyed the hike.

Watch out for beer bottles and broken glass along parts of the trail.

hiking
11 months ago

It's a nice trail but has tons of small rocks that are the perfect size for rolling ankles. Good ankle support is a must. Not too far off the beaten path if you want a quick hike. There's a handful of lookout points for the river.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Very beautiful scenery. Nice creative car trails. Little shorts but well worth it .

Sunday, April 30, 2017

This trail has something for everyone. Overflow parking on other side of bridge/river. Doggie and family friendly.

hiking
Monday, March 13, 2017

Went through the rocks instead of the normal trail and had a blast. Always nice, they now charge $5 to park and only accept debit.

hiking
Thursday, March 02, 2017

Pretty easy and nice

hiking
Monday, February 20, 2017

Good place to wander. Can veer off trail without much risk.
Not my favorite scenery, but it is close by so I come here the most often. The trails are pretty rocky and my dog has tender feet, but he will build up some calluses. It was a fun outing today.
Lots of dog traffic. :)

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