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.

Dog friendly! Nice scenery ( zoo, ponds and golf )

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30 days ago

Lots of homeless camps and garbage. Avoid this one or at the very least don’t go alone.

private property
1 month ago

Great trail! There are plenty of people to meet and greet, but it is not crowded. Went to the north at first and hit the private property gate so I had to turn around and go the other way after that. Beautiful view!

Easy paved trail for most of the way, great for dogs on leash, lots of beautiful birds, river views, can go as long as 5 miles round trip from water tower to private property gated issue in little pocket that will hopefully be resolved soon and eventually connect this awesome trail to downtown for those of us who wish to go further by foot or bike. Bring doggie bags as my only compliant is there are none offered along the path and very few dumpsters until you get to Garcia Bend. Also, it dead ends (on the south end) into the water treatment tower but don’t expect there to be any water for you or your pet to consume. Wouldn’t these simple gestures for us locals who pay into these city parks be nice? Also, the Garcia Bend bathroom has been under construction for well over a year. These bizarre idiosyncrasies are why I give it 4 and not 5 stars as nothing beats the great view and awesome people along the way.

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.

All day parking was 5 dollars at discovery park at he trail head. Jogged 7 miles towards cal expo and turned around and came back. Lots and lots of speeding cyclists going well above the 15 mph recommended speed which made it difficult to take my dog on the leash as they were zooming on both sides of the path. Very quiet and peaceful- no traffic noise. Well travelled by homeless people so I don’t recommend this park at dawn or dusk.

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

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.

I usually ride from the dog park off of Howe Ave. and University Ave. all the way to Folsom. The American River Trail is a nice paved trail with a center line for oncoming traffic. A lot of road bikers, some going faster than the posted 15mph, but they will often tell you they are on your left to pass. Watch for walkers and runners too. There are benches along the trail to stop and sit if you want as well as restrooms and water in certain sections. Plenty of opportunities to take in the view of the river. I think singletrack west of Hazel is posted no bikes, but east of Hazel is ok. The singletrack is sometimes narrow with poison oak as well as raspberries so don't fall into either, ha! Great trail for a family outing too.

Great for runs.

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.

nice trail but to many homeless people camping on the sides. feel unsafe.

I didn't ride the whole trail but I really loved what I saw. courteous riders and lots of spots to get off and explore.

It’s shameful that the city doesn’t manage this area. Garbage and homeless leave a bad odor. Definitely don’t go past Old Sac as it gets sketchier. This could really be a nice area.

This is a great trail, but unfortunately it’s not very safe. Homeless people were emerging from the bushes unexpectedly. It’s a shame.

A beautiful park, but no walkways. I enjoy the peace pond, but unless you walk in the dirt perimeter you have to walk on busy streets.

We ride this trail frequently and I love it. You can actually take it all the way downtown if you go around Scott’s and then get back on the trail. It’s about 7 miles from Greenhaven, but all flat so very doable.

Stayed at the Westin hotel and started our ride from there. Within a few miles the homeless situation hit head on. Hundreds of homeless and saw two groups smoking crack right in the open on the trail. Not safe for families. Sad to see how California is simply ignoring this issue and it’s made its way to Sacramento.

Nice easy stroll through the old part of town.

Heavy bike traffic. Great for trail running. Parts of it are not safe due to homeless camps. Beautiful path.

5 months ago

the many homeless camps make this hike kinda sketchy when doing alone.

I biked this trail and loved it. I live in midtown and it’s so convenient to access. Yes there’s homeless camps, but nobody will bother you if you don’t bother them. Everyone needs to get over that. They are living their lives the best they can. Enjoy the beauty of everything else. Say good morning. Be a nice human. About 4 miles in it gets gorgeous, lots of open space and you see tons of lil neighborhoods and then fields and the town of Rio Linda. I rode the whole thing out and back in about 1:20. Will def do again!

Great trail! Lots of shade, hills, clean, well maintained, loved it and will be back!

paddle boarding, nice and calm.

6 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.

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