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32 miles of open space and water

If you live here, it is hard not to at least cross the American River as part of an everyday... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2018
Pete T
Sacramento, California
Great place to walk

I love to walk around town in this area. The park, the bridge, the river, downtown Old Sacramento... read more

Reviewed September 23, 2018
Turlock, California
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A picturesque 23-mile stretch of land along the American River that offers visitors wonderful scenic beauty.
Discovery Park to Hazel Avenue, 4,800-acres of Public Park Along 23 Miles of River, Sacramento, CA 95825
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

If you live here, it is hard not to at least cross the American River as part of an everyday commute and/or errand. But if you're lucky enough to be on a bike, the American River Bike trail runs 32 miles across the County, offering...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 23, 2018

I love to walk around town in this area. The park, the bridge, the river, downtown Old Sacramento - it is busy yet peaceful. I so enjoying watching people and the wildlife.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 6, 2018

This park is right by the river and is a really nice stroll. If you walk during the work week, you can see a lo of state workers as well as other people taking a stroll for their break. after work hours or weekends, its...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Christopher L
Reviewed July 25, 2018

We walked along the levee but were intimidated by all the bicycles racing by. The cyclists were overall sensitive to us but it was still kind of scary to have them rushing by.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Terizza
Reviewed July 18, 2018 via mobile

I live in Sacramento and believe that the parkway is one of the best features in the area. It is a fantastic place to ride bike and you will likely run into some wildlife, which is so cool because you are traveling through an urban...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank CalBusinessTraveler
Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

Indeed the "jewel of Sacramento" many call it. Lots of wildlife and nature snack in the middle of metropolitan Sacramento. We are out there often on our bikes.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed February 4, 2018

The parkway is actually called the Jedidiah Smith Parkway, in honor of an early, pre-Gold Rush explorer. It stretches almost 30 miles from Folsom Lake to just south and east of the Old Sacramento junction of the American River with the Sacramento River. It is...More

Date of experience: February 2018
5  Thank EDGEGUY95
Reviewed January 11, 2018

We rented bikes and started the American River Parkway. I expect that if we could have made it far enough out it would have gotten better but the extreme poverty / homlessness of the area made it feel unsafe to ride with children. We did...More

Date of experience: December 2017
7  Thank Kris J
Reviewed January 2, 2018

Very expansive environment to recreate. Lots of grass for the kids to run and play. Boat dock is fun to watch with peoples coming and going. The river is very beautiful.

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank Ikedot
Reviewed December 22, 2017

If you're a bike rider or runner it's a must. All the way from Folsom Lake to downtown Sacramento, bikers fly by, as do many commuters. Some sections of the trail, especially to the east have a great and beautiful feel on the river and...More

Date of experience: December 2017
2  Thank Steve R
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October 2, 2018|
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Response from Pete T | Reviewed this property |
In California, ashes may be scattered at sea, but they can't be sprinkled along the seashore or a riverbank. They can be spread at some state parks, but not in national forests. And anywhere people decide to scatter ashes... More
Jesse R
June 15, 2018|
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Response from EDGEGUY95 | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely. Many people fish along the bank, off pedestrian bridges, out of boats and - in salmon season - with waders. I'm not a fisherman, so can't comment on their success. But, since when has fishing been correlated to... More
April 5, 2016|
Response from Annik G | Reviewed this property |
No rent bike on the trail. find rental in Fair Oaks, and maybe also in Sacramento.
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