Explore the most popular birding trails near Sacramento with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

great paved trail for road bikes. went 15 miles out, stopped for breakfast and 15 miles back.

This was my favorite running trail when living in Sacramento. You can hop onto it at so many different points, and there were water fountains and bathrooms! Perfect place for long runs during the weekend!

walking
1 month ago

Right by a nice park. The trail is a little dull for walking, but is probably a really nice bike ride.

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.

I don’t know if I’d ever run on this trail. It seemed more like a cool boardwalk to check out the river and old Sac. Fun either way though.

hiking
3 months ago

Pleasant walk - lots of birds and sunshine. Beautiful views of the Sacramento River as well as luxurious homes that follow the trail.

Wonderful artwork at the end if the trail at the water intake building. Nice walk - would be nice and easy bike ride. We saw a man using a walker managing the paved trail. Totally accessible for all.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice park with a golf course close. Especially green this time of the year. Phone and app didn't like this one... I played the course a couple of times years ago...

Great bike trail mostly along the river. Been way too long on this one.

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.

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.

I’ve done this ride quite a bit when the weather is decent. I like to start at sac state and head up to the hatchery.
If you don’t live close by, I would recommend leaving your car at sac state. The chance of a break in isn’t bad. But remember to pay for day parking. Easier on the weekends when most of the students are off campus.
There was a time I was with a group and we used the light rail to get back to sac state.
Some of the serious riders can be rude if your just out for a little exercise but many more are happy to wave and say hello!
There are great places to stop for some picnic lunches and the views are great if you’re like me and get tired of the city.
Some of the trail can flood if we have heavy rain. This year (2017-2018) has been great.
If you decide to go in the summer, bring lots of water and reapply your sun screen. There are lots of areas that have no shade from the sun.

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.

trail running
5 months ago

A near-weekly route and it’s always fantastic urban trail running. Completely flat. Safe. Meander through lovely old neighborhoods to add some miles. As other posters have said, there are several areas of the park. They are all worth exploring.

Easy trail - not a lot of people . Very pretty

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.

trail running
6 months ago

Well maintained crushed rock and concrete trail in the heart of the city. Full shade and a nice easy run.

on Greenhaven Green Belt

hiking
7 months ago

Very nice beautiful walk. The trail to easy to walk and paved.

Love Land Park.

Nice easy walk with river views. No parking at trail head.

Good paved path, clean and kept up, with some dirty off shoots down to the river. Not much shade. the path is on top of the levee so you have neighborhood on one side and nature/ the river on the other.

Easy trail with lots of views of the river.

Lots of homeless people living here. My wife and I also encountered a big stray dog that was aggressive.

It is a nice walk from Miller Park to Old Sac but I wouldn't recommend going past the old sac part of the trail. That part of the trail takes you through about 1.5 miles of the homeless camps. Lots of garbage along the trail.

Agree with other reviews that commented that fair oaks is a better option if trying to walk near the river.

The north side of the river is ok, but the loop around the south side is not at all pleasant. From Guy West Bridge to Howe Ave. it is only paved path with no shade, and no views of the river (only the sewage treatment plant). The section from Howe to Watt does have shade but is heavily populated by homeless people. It still doesn't afford the river views that the north part of the loop does unless you take one of the side dirt trails. But with all the people living in the bushes it's just too sketchy. I'd say just walk the American River trail.

We started at the east end near Cal Expo. Nice, well maintained trail. This part wasn't particularly scenic (we could only glimpse the river in a couple of spots), and we were mostly in full sun. But it was a great trail to get some miles in off the roads!

Did 50 miles on my hybrid on a Sunday morning. Not too crowded. Cool views.

hiking
Friday, June 16, 2017

This is a nice and easy trail that goes along the American River, looping around using a pedestrian bridge (Guy West Bridge) near the university, and a car bridge (Watt Ave. Bridge). It has partial/moderate shade so bring a hat and sunblock. The north side of the river is a little nicer, but I encountered wildlife on both sides as it was a quiet day on the trail on a very hot Friday midday in June. There are several places to access the river and cool off your feet. You can stay on the bike trail, or use the dirt/horse trail that runs alongside. There are bathrooms near the Howe Ave. Bridge and the Watt Ave. Bridge. There are also places to picnic on both sides of the river (about halfway between the bridges). There aren't really any views, but it was fun to see people floating down the river - it's fast this year from the late snowmelt.

walking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Nice loop!

trail running
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

This is an excellent close to 5 mile loop trail. I usually park in La Riviera on the South Side of the American River near the Howe Avenue Bridge. It's easy to access the river trail. Run west towards the Guy West Bridge then crossover and follow the trail to the Watt Ave Bridge then cross back over. If you stick to the main trail there are dirt trails next to the main bike trail. There are a lot of Side trails you can hop on if you're feeling more adventurous. No traffic so need to stop and go, perfect for runners.

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