Looking for a great trail near Sacramento, California? AllTrails has 16 great trail running trails, hiking trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Auburn State Recreation Area or Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like State Capitol Park or American River Parkway. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 16 easy trails in Sacramento ranging from 0.7 to 28 miles and from 16 to 173 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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

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!

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.

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

paddle boarding, nice and calm.

hiking
scramble
1 month 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.

running
1 month 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
2 months ago

Such a delightful green belt through the pocket.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful walking . Flower garden & nice pond with ducks

mountain biking
private property
2 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!!

good intro-to-biking trail.

walking
no shade
3 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.

nice trails and stores close by. unfortunately there are a lot of bums that walk the trails and trash is all over.

In a sketchy neighborhood with questionable people. Luckily there were enough (barely) cyclists passed by that we made it out ok. View wise, one side is good but not the other side. Flat all the way

Nice if you want to keep it simple.

hiking
4 months ago

Good place for a quick hike. In fact, if you work in the Downtown Sacramento area, this is a great place to walk for one’s lunch break.

hiking
bugs
over grown
4 months ago

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

Easy walk. Morning or evening would be best time. Evidence of homeless.

hiking
no shade
private property
5 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.

An easy hike next to the American River, which is flowing beautifully this time of the year ( it doesn't hurt that Northern California has received enough rain/water to end our drought ). Also, there are several trails that are made for anyone: Horseback riding, runnning and walking can all be done with this trail. Enjoy!

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

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