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American River Parkway

Hasel to Discovery Park, Sacramento, CA 95825
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Ranked #7 of 92 attractions in Sacramento
Type: Parks, Bodies of Water
Activities: Biking
Description: A picturesque 23-mile stretch of land along the American River that offers visitors wonderful scenic beauty.
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Carmichael, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

30+ miles of paved bike trail (or you can walk, or jog) that follows the river & crosses it. Parts of the trail are flat, others are steep. Definitely scenic.You can pull over and picnic. If you're lucky, you might catch sight of some otters. If you're doing it in summer, be sure to bring plenty of water. But always... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

This gem might be the one thing that makes Sacramento endurable. It might be the best urban bike trail in the western world.

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Westchester (LA), CA
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85 reviews 85 reviews
32 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Enjoyed this Parkway immensely from the Eastern portion where it connects with the Southern edge of Nimbus Flat recreation area (Lake Natoma) over to about 3-4 miles West of the fish hatchery. It was a lovely Saturday in Spring and in my short bike ride I saw egrets, ducks, 2 wild tom turkeys, a jack rabbit, squirrels and blue jays.... More

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Sacramento, California, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

This is a great place to observe farrell humans living in the beautiful trees that line one of Sacramento's hidden treasures, the American River. Trash and human excrement line the trail and river's edge.

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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

I have lived within a 5 minute walk of the American River trail for 11 years. The trail offers so much more than just the biking, walking and hiking that its known for. The bike trail is a place where Sacramentans enjoy nature and eachother in our own communal backyard. It is our neighborhood, our flavor and our love. Walking... More

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Sacramento, California
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94 reviews 94 reviews
45 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

The weekends are a bit overcrowded, esp in the summer, but weekdays for cycling are fine, and walking is almost always less crowded. YOu can get off the main path and go on the dirt, and the atmosphere is nice with quiet, greenery, and and outdoorsy feel even tho you are in a city

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Sacramento, CA
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

The parkway is so important as a place for recreation and to be close to nature. We even chose our home in part to be within walking distance of this treasure in Sacramento! Love to take bike rides up to Folsom or down to Old Sac.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

Just finished kayaking 25 miles of the American River. It's a grind, not a lot of current to help you, some consistent headwinds and lots of scenery. If you like birds, turtles, fish and deer then you will have lots to eye. Beautiful scenery, great weather but a lot of work. I would suggest breaking it up into 7-10 mile... More

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Manhattan Beach, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

It's a 5-8 minute run from the convention center to the trail, through old town. Very scenic run along the river. Lots of fishing in the river in the early morning. Much better than running in the fitness center.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Nice place to visit, especially for bike riding. The park extends through urban sacramento, but you feel as though you are in the countryside.

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