Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

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.

hiking
8 days ago

Enjoyed walking the river. I extended my track a little to 5 miles and it could be more. Brook, my lab, enjoyed the part that drops down to a dirt road along the river with access to the water. She took a morning swim....several times. Saw maybe 20 people along the way.

I do not recommend this trail for solo women.

I went biking on this trail midday on a weekday. I rode from ~ Del Paso Blvd to ~Capital City freeway and back.

Not only were there large groups of transient men congregating both adjacent to and in the middle of the trail, but I was followed on bike by a seemingly well-off guy who I believe was haunting the trail specifically for the purpose of following women. (He was a white male, medium athletic build, mid 30s-early 40s, blue cycling outfit, phone band on left arm, with brown mid length hair.)

I successfully got him to stop following me but the trail is so isolated and lined with dense vegetation that anything could have happened without a passerby noticing. I won't be going there again, not alone at least.

Aaron is right. Homeless a serious problem here and along lower American River Bike trail. I have been threatened. Homeless population has gone up 35% during administration of current mayor.

loveeeeee since I was 11 years old

Not a trail. More like window shopping.

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
2 months 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
4 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
4 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.

Just a fun and interesting walk through history and old buildings. An easy walk. Good for photos. We enjoyed it and have done this walk though Old Town many times.

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
6 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
7 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
8 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.

Old Sac is great... Walked around here many times and ate at some very good restaurants. Even bought a few old produce labels...

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