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American River Bicycle Trail

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Address: Sacramento, CA
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Activities: Biking
Description: Part of the American Discovery Trail, this path is exclusively for...
Part of the American Discovery Trail, this path is exclusively for non-motorized use, and it extends throughout the city.
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This bike trail rivals some of the best in Europe. Starting at Discovery Park, there is plenty of parking, not always the case with bike trails. The trail runs along the river up... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This bike trail rivals some of the best in Europe. Starting at Discovery Park, there is plenty of parking, not always the case with bike trails. The trail runs along the river up into the foothills, a distance of over thirty miles. Slightly uphill as you ride, but downhill on the way back! The trail is a completely paved, smooth,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

We are outdoorsy type people, my kids loved this place so much they did not wanted to leave. We went towards the river and played there with the rocks put our feet in the water. We also walked the trail for about 30 min one way and back what we saw in this little distance was worth the trip would... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We wanted to spend a morning on this bike trail, so we rented bikes at Practical Cycle in Old Sacramento. It was very easy from there to access the trail. It had been a looooooong time since I was on a bike, but the trail is fairly flat, pretty wide and easy to navigate. My daughter and I both had... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I want to ride my bicycle....The best of Sac Town!!. This bike trail, is a Jewel in the City of Trees. Both,, road bikes and mountain bikes. What is not to like when you can bike along lakes. (Folsom/Nimbus) and the American River, with numerous places to stop along the way. Coffee, Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Meet Ups, a quick... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Love the bike trail. Well-maintained, paved surface for cycling. The stretch between mile 1 and mile 27 is pretty flat, a few minor inclines to get over but nothing even a novice couldn't handle. Mile 27 starts a series of climbs (5%-7% grades) that give me pause every time. The last half mile to Beals Point, for me, is just... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I ride my bicycle--A LOT. One of the best things in Sacramento is the American River Bike Trail (a.k.a. the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail). It is open for biking, running, walking, roller skating and I'm sure there is an activity I missed. There is river access all along this wonderful trail. It spans from Old Sacramento to the city of... More 

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Oakdale, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

beautiful area and scenery. Was pleasantly surprised with the beauty of the area and ability to ride my bike from the hotel to old sacrament.

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Sacramento
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

This is a nice bike trail where you can put in an easy 25 to 50 miles depending on how challenged you feel. If you start from downtown end and head up to nimbus fish hatchery, you can do an easy 25 miles each way. Terrain is fairly flat with some very slight elevation changes. Be sure to pack plenty... More 

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Sacramento, CA, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

So the only caveat is to keep your eyes open. Like other shared trails, many a person thinks the whole trail is there's, and they tend to wander all over, maybe let their dog's leash extend out 12' across the trail, or simply be traveling at a rate which doesn't match yours! Yet the American River Bicycle Trail is great!... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

A great ride that is scenic and could be handled by most bicyclist. The river is low right now due to the severe drought conditions the state is experiencing. If you ride in June, July or August, it is best to ride earlier or later in the evening.

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Address: Sacramento, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sacramento

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