Best running trails in Sacramento, California

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Explore the most popular running 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 running trails in Sacramento, California
Top trails (21)
#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 - Capitol Park Loop Trail
Capitol Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 27 m
A beautiful park featuring the Capital building, war memorials, a cacti garden, 100 different types of trees, and a world peace rose garden and fountain. Also, lots of shady spots to sit under a tree for a picnic or play with your dog. Many political/social functions occur on the steps of the Capital. A must-see while in Sacramento. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved and typically at least four feet wide. The grade is gentle (all estimated under 3%) so most wheelchair and stroller users will likely be able to traverse the trail.Show more
#4 - William Land Park Loop
William Land Regional Park
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 49 m
A nice two-mile loop with a beautiful rock garden, ponds, and sports fields, and right next to Zoo and Fairytale Town. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved and typically at least eight feet wide. This route is shared with cars, although there are sidewalks around some of the ponds that are not. The grade is gentle (all estimated 3% or less) so most wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users will likely find this trail navigable. Show more
#5 - McKinley Park
McKinley Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 24 m
#6 - Levee Path
Sutter's Landing Regional Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 28 m
#7 - Old Sacramento and Capitol Promenade
Sacramento, California
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 25 m
#8 - Sacramento Waterfront Trail
Miller Park
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 3 h 32 m
#9 - Natomas Westside Path
Natomas Oak Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
#10 - American River Bike Path via Discovery Park
Discovery Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 18 m
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