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American River Parkway

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Address: Discovery Park to Hazel Avenue, 4,800-acres of Public Park Along 23 Miles of River, Sacramento, CA 95825
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+1 916-875-6961

A picturesque 23-mile stretch of land along the American River that offers...

A picturesque 23-mile stretch of land along the American River that offers visitors wonderful scenic beauty.

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A Sacramento Treasure

The parkway along the American River runs from downtown all the way to Folsom Lake, 30 miles away. The bike trail is totally safe, off-road from the traffic where you can ride... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sacramento, California
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Sacramento, California
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The parkway along the American River runs from downtown all the way to Folsom Lake, 30 miles away. The bike trail is totally safe, off-road from the traffic where you can ride along the river and through several parks. There are also many walking trails off the bike path, which can get busy with bike traffic, especially on weekends, or... More 

Thank Krystin123
Missoula, Montana
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317 reviews
134 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

This paved parkway is for walkers, joggers, hikers, and cyclists. It runs from downtown Sacramento to Folsom. There are bathrooms, benches, water fountains and signs along the trail. The trail can be accessed many places with free parking at a lot of entrances. The park is patrolled by park rangers. A crown jewel of Sacramento, it runs along the American... More 

Thank jsMT1994
Sacramento, California
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34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

The American River parkway (a.k.a. the American River Bike Trail) is a serene, quiet place to unwind and get in a little exercise. Whether you're walking, jogging or riding your bike, it is very beautiful and one of our fair city's gems. My only caution is that even though it's tempting to venture into the brush on one of the... More 

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123 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I never expected that American River Parkway is one beautiful place to spend an afternoon for meditation and solitude.

Thank Amy S
Sacramento, California
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50 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

I ride my bike on this parkway 3-4 times/week even in the winter. It is a wonderful, well-maintained place to exercise. The only times I have felt slightly unsafe is in the area near Discovery Park. There are homeless camps in that area along the river and it is wooded. Otherwise the rest of the trail is full of families... More 

1 Thank ekhrsl
Sacramento, CA
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

I think this is the best, unusual, thing about Sacramento. Within feet of the busy city there are 30+ miles of green space with turkeys, deer, Coyotes, rattle snakes (sorry), salmon in season and NO CARS. You can run, walk, cycle, fish, etc

Thank inlyon
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 January 2017

ARP is a paved trail that almost always has a view of the American River. The view is lovely! When the weather is good, it can get very crowded, so one must be alert for speeding cyclists. I would have given the American River Parkway a higher rating, but the lack of dirt trails and crowds of speeding cyclists can... More 

Thank Victoria F
Sacramento, California
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

The parkway stretches for 30 miles with many entrances along the way. The most popular entrances are at Discovery park or Ancil Hoffman park or Folsom Damn. Most of the parkway is very serene with occasional views of the river. The best way to experience the parkway is on a bicycle although there are many pedestrians on the path. Weekend... More 

1 Thank m0nkeysee
Orangevale, California
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33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016

I've spent probably YEARS of my life riding up and back on the bike path. It is like taking a step out of the urban environment into an ever changing reparian wooded park. There are water fountains along the bike path so you don't have to bring tons of water. Other large family parks pop up along the way. Those... More 

1 Thank academicjock
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29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

We go here once a week when we can for plein air painting. Or bird watching, or just hiking. In spring, there are wildflowers. In fall, salmon. You might even see an otter or a beaver, or even a coyote (watch your small dogs!). There are lots of opportunities for picnicking, too. If you plan to go more than five... More 

1 Thank Mike H

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