Explore the most popular Paved 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.

no shade
12 days ago

Nice stroll with memorials! If Jade can do it so can you!

Lovely, serene place with a wide bike trail and narrower walking paths. We saw some deer in a meadow, not at all worried about our presence. We had a stroller and it was easy enough to stay on paved paths, and we were mindful to stay out of the way of bicyclists (who were riding quite fast- but that's cool not complaining) but we want to go back with backpacks to check out some of the more rugged looking off shoot trails.

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.

This is a great long walk (not a "hike") on pavement, with lots of trees for shade and grassy areas if you prefer to walk on that. There are over-passes ie small hills to climb. If you walk with dogs, note it can be fairly dog-crowded, and there are squirrels! There are trash cans in very frequent intervals.

Great for runs.

3 months ago

As said previously, paved trail in a park around a little lake. Lots of geese poop. Not very scenic, but fine for a quick walk. The dog park looks really nice.

4 months ago

We are so blessed to live near this parkway. We walk it several days per week and it’s so lovely and the other walkers are very friendly. A wonderful neighborhood gem!

We bring all of our visitors to the Capitol and walk ourselves often. Lovely spot to visit! You can tour the Capitol building for free as well.

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.

Lovely walk or run with trees of every type in California and a rose garden.

Beautiful day for a walk along the river. Bikers and other walkers/joggers very courteous. Sharing the wide trail is comfortable.

Get flat run minus the 3 overpasses. About 6.5 round trip. Beautiful parks and the people are always willing to give a wave. Dog friendly.

Not a hike, but a nice small stroll.

7 months ago

It’s a paved trail, easy run. There are about 100-200 meters of birds poop near the pond. There would be sprinklers near the pond at about 5:30am to 6:00am. It’s better to run past 6:00 am when it’s not too hot, some of the poop are washed out and there are no geese around. Around sunset and in the afternoon, you’d encounter geese that could bite and run after you. It’s warm in the afternoon. I feel safe running here. When you park inside the south parking lot, remember that the gates close in the dusk. I was lock out once, have to wait till morning to get my car out. There are bathrooms and water fountains near the parking lot.

road biking
7 months ago

Such a delightful green belt through the pocket.

mountain biking
private property
7 months ago

Pretty good trail for walking/ running/ skating... not so bad for biking either. Paved from park in Freeport to Garcia bend park. Private property (north of Garcia be d park) fences prevent a through ride to Miller Park. I went in the evening, so plenty of shade!!

no shade
8 months ago

I don't know why the description says it's near Elverta, I take my dog here occasionally for walks when I want to be close to home, early mornings or if it's not hot. It's mostly a sidewalk to go around the loop, near main streets and shopping in Natomas, CA. Lots of people on the weekend and at night due to the playground and dog park. I gave only 3 stars because it's horrible in the summer due to NO SHADE. I would hardly call it a bird watching place or nature trip considering it's in the middle of a shopping area, next to a high school in the city. Should watch for events that are going on as they often have community events here. Clean. Never had a problem parking. Occasional bicyclists Has a covered picnic table area but it's always in use and right next to the playground. It's not a hike in any way, just a casual, easy walk.

no shade
private property
10 months ago

Very cool path along the riverbank. Easy to follow dirt path, well worn, pleasant wildlife noises and very few people. Rolling path in places, random benches along the way. Shaded by trees most of the way. Bathrooms at both ends of the walk. Perfect for the cardio workout we wanted today. 6.6 miles total.

Nice weather for a change. Sunny, breezy, fresh...the sun finally throwing some punch.

Tue Jan 08 2019

Wandered all around the capitol during governor's inauguration. If you have the time, I'd also recommend stopping over to the Leland Stanford Mansion for a free tour.

Nice little trail but people needs to pick up after their dogs and stop throwing their doggy bags onto the side.

Great beginner run.

Loved seeing so many favorite trees all labeled for us. We also wandered into the Capitol to explore. It was in the low 90’s outside. It was delightful to cool off inside while we enjoyed museum displays as well as the rotunda.

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.

Thu Aug 09 2018

Very nicely done by the city of Sacramento! Maybe a 3+ but too flat and too little to see for anything higher. Did see what looked like a Peregrine Falcon but a Falcon for sure and not a hawk. Two miles of sidewalk through at least 3 city parks and a couple of schools. Clean and well taken care of... No homeless like Modesto and Manteca. Connects up with other trails on both ends...

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