Best river trails in Sacramento, California

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Explore the most popular river 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.
Map of river trails in Sacramento, California
Top trails (10)
#1 - Guy West Bridge to Watt Avenue Bridge
American River Parkway
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 1 h 59 m
As of March 30, 2020, users have reported that the area around the electricity towers are closed for maintenance. Please consult the park's website before visiting. Accessibility: The trail has a smooth paved surface and is typically at least eight feet wide. There are offshoot dirt trails that may be narrower and steeper. It is mostly gentle with an estimated average grade of 1% and a max grade of 6%.Show more
#2 - American River Bike Trail (Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail)
American River Parkway
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Length: 28 mi • Est. 11 h 38 m
Jedediah Smith Trail -- also known as the American River Bike Trail -- is a paved, multi-use trail that runs along the American River. This trail is easy, with nice views of the river. It begins at Discovery Park in downtown Sacramento and ends 31 miles away in Beal's Point in Folsom. This trail has many entrances from main roads, neighborhoods, parks, lakes and railways. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved, smooth, and typically at least six feet wide. It is gentle with an estimated average grade of 1% and a max grade of 3%. Most wheelchair/mobility equipment and stroller users will find this trail navigable. There are many dirt spur trails down to the river that may be narrower and steeper. There are wheelchair accessible restrooms along the trail as all restrooms facilities within Sacramento county regional parks are ADA compliant. There is a wheelchair-accessible dock at William B. Pond Recreation Area along the trail. Show more
#3 - Levee Path
Sutter's Landing Regional Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 28 m
#4 - Old Sacramento and Capitol Promenade
Sacramento, California
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 25 m
#5 - Natomas Westside Path
Natomas Oak Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
#6 - Sacramento Northern Bikeway Trail
Sacramento, California
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 4 h 6 m
#7 - American River Bike Path via Discovery Park
Discovery Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 18 m
#8 - Seymour Park Trail
Sacramento, California
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 41 m
#9 - Old Sacramento State Historic Park Loop
Old Sacramento State Historic Park
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 17 m
This is a cool place to see the historic/western-themed buildings, river, bridges, shops, and railroad museum. Accessibility: There is street parking including designated handicapped-accessible parking spaces. The trail surface is paved with bricks or boardwalk and typically at least four feet wide. The estimated grade is flat (all 1% or less) so will likely be traversable for most wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users. Show more
#10 - Pocket Canal Parkway
Pocket Canal Parkway
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 24 m