American River Bicycle Trail

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American River Bicycle Trail

American River Bicycle Trail
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Part of the American Discovery Trail, this path is exclusively for non-motorized use, and it extends throughout the city.
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Maryann L
Fair Oaks, CA1,184 contributions
The bike trail has always been a great place to enjoy. And, now that gyms and many parks are closed it is even better. We bike or walk portions of the trail between Sunrise Blvd and Folsom Dam. There are enough people to feel safe and yet maintain social distancing. Now there is an added bonus. The California poppies and other wildflowers are in bloom.
Written April 10, 2020
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Jennifer C
San Francisco, CA15 contributions
Couples
We rode 12 miles round trip from River Bend Park to Sunrise Rec Area. It’s a smooth trail through fields and trees with lovely views of the river. We saw deer, turkeys, rabbits, raptors, ducks, egrets, and herons. Many bathrooms, drinking fountains, picnic spots, and places to access the river. Fabulous!
Written February 15, 2020
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William L
23 contributions
Had our bikes with us on an overnight in Sacramento. Used part of the trail to travel to a couple of breweries and also checked out Discovery park area which is nice. Trail was level with good exit ramps and not too busy when we were there on a Friday evening.
Written June 12, 2021
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DaronC
Orem, UT43 contributions
Business
The trail itself is in good shape and the natural scenery as the trail winds along the river is very pleasant. But, there is a major negative.

I have nothing against the homeless, but it's important to understand that most people in that situation either have a drug issue or mental health issue --- that's why they are homeless. These issues can result in sometimes erratic or threatening behavior.

I'm a fit male in my 50s. I was recently in Sacramento and ran about five miles on the trail one morning. It was bordered by a lot of homeless camps and there were many homeless individuals on the trail or nearby. I was not comfortable from a safety standpoint and would NOT ever recommend this as a running option.

I spent the rest of my time in Sacramento running in the morning in the park around the capitol and felt very safe.

There's a lot of great things to do and see in Sacramento, but in my opinion, the trail should be avoided.
Written March 3, 2019
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Jamie1692
Las Vegas, NV39 contributions
Business
Beautiful place to walk or ride your bike or horse. However, due to the enormous homeless and criminal population that live and hang out on the bike trail, it is a dangerous place for anyone, particularly women, to be alone. Also, there is a dangerous pitbull population owned by the homeless and criminal element and this is a constant threat to the well being of legitimate users of the trail, their children, and their own dogs.
Written April 30, 2013
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Calyn S
Tallahassee, FL41 contributions
Couples
My husband and I must have been riding in a different area than the other people who reviewed this trail. We rented bicycles in Old Town and attempted to ride the trail north. The trail was mostly deserted and Discovery Park had recently flooded, so there were no tourists or cyclists anywhere. What there was, however, was tents and homeless people everywhere. We saw junkies every couple hundred feet. It was pretty scary. Nothing was landscaped and the fences along the trail had barbed wire all them, which made it seem even more ominous. After we passed a man with no pants on, we felt like we had to turn around and go back. We thought for sure we had read the map wrong or that we misunderstood the woman at the bike shop who gave us directions. Sadly, no. I think the trail must be nicer in other areas, but if you are starting from Old Town, you should avoid it in that area. If we had had our kids with us, I would have been terrified.
Written March 16, 2017
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vbendig
2 contributions
Family
I have been riding this trail from past 8 months since I moved to Sacramento. I love biking and found an apartment near to this wonderful trail so that I could bike to work in Mid-town. Below is my account of my experience riding at different times in the past 8 months:

The first time I rode this trail to work (in feb 2018), I was appaled by the concentration of homeless camps on the trail. There were literally hundreds of them on the trail. Many were walking to mid-town for work and they were walking in hundreds. Coming from Florida, I was not used to seeing something like this. I felt really sad but also very unsafe. I decided that day that I would not ride this trail again as I felt really scared. I tried to take other routes to my house near cal expo and they were too long to ride and also unsafe as I had to ride with the vehicles.

I educated myself about any incidents in that area and learnt about mugging and people being bitten by the dogs of homeless people. I brought pepper spray and stun gun for my own safety and thought to give this trail one more shot after my CEO talked to some folks in the city to clean up american river trail. I was surprised to see all the homeless camps being evacuated from the trail. It was clean and safe. Although there was a lot of litter and it did not smell pleasent, I definately did feel much safer out there.

I happily started biking, however, with in a week or two, again homeless people started coming back to trail and started camping. I started getting used to this and did not stop biking. Two months later, the park rangers again evacuated all the homeless. I learnt that this is a cycle that keeps on going.

Below are my tips form my 8 months of experience:

1. I have never had any issues with homeless people. They never bothered me. I was yelled at once, but other than that, it is pretty safe.

2. Always have pepper spray with you and a stun gun for your own safety. I once had to pull my pepper spray when a dog came near me but it was called back by the owner and I went my way.

3. I always see commuter traffic. There is safety in numbers. Some bikers have become familiar as I cross paths with them during commute. Nothing to worry if you are riding with someone.

4. I have an electric bike so that I cruise through this stretch as fast as I can to reduce my exposure time.

5. I have been seeing a lot of rangers in the past 3 months patrolling this part of trail between expo and mid-town. I have also seen a lot of homeless getting busted during my time riding this trail. Its assuring to see law enforcement in this area for my safety.

I belive, more commuters would make this stretch safe. It would also encourage the city to keep it clean and tidy for commuters. It is not as unsafe as some comments here. I understand your concerns. I did feel the same when I first rode this. But it has been made safe lately. So do not let the condition discourage you from biking.
Written October 27, 2018
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rbmonty1
Sacramento, CA4 contributions
Family
A Sacramento resident, I've been biking this trail frequently since the early 1970's. Since then, it has been extended and improved to allow you to bike more than 30 miles, from the Old Sac waterfront (where you can rent a bike, if you didn't bring your own), to Discovery Park (where the trail formally begins), all the way to Beal's Point in Folsom Lake State Park. For most or the route, you will be traveling through lightly wooded areas with continuous views of the adjacent American River. Except for the last 4 miles or so east of the town of Folsom, climbing about 400' to Folsom Lake, the route is basically flat other than a few easily negotiated short hills. Perhaps best of all, apart from a very few intersections with lightly-traveled park-access roads, there are NO intersections with car traffic. Another reviewer appears to object to the fact bike traffic has the right of way over pedestrians. This is true, but remember, the trail is basically intended for bicyclists; pedestrians are most certainly welcome, and should not be seriously inconvenienced as long as they take reasonable care to stay to the left side of the trail and be watchful of bicycle traffic. While riding the entire trail end-to-end can be a serious adventure of many hours, you can enter and leave the trail at numerous points, and make your ride as long or short as you like. Wildlife is plentiful along the trail; you may see wild turkeys, deer, and other animals. The trail is generally less crowded on week days, of course, but even on busy weekends it's usually fine. In recent years homeless people have established camps along some parts of the trail, particularly the extreme western sections nearer downtown Sacramento - illegal, mostly, but an ongoing social problem not unique to Sacramento. On the whole, the trail is adequately patrolled by law enforcement and reasonably safe, though of course it is prudent to be off the trail well before dark on any day. This part of the river is popular with casual river rafters, of whom you'll no doubt see many on warm summer days. The town of Folsom, near the far eastern end of the trail, offers a number of pleasant restaurants and bars where you can stop for refreshments. Overnight camping is available at Folsom Lake State Park, near the eastern end of the trail. Lastly, as noted in another review, there are at least a few points where signage for the trail becomes a bit ambiguous. Look at a map before you set out, and "ask a local" for help, if necessary - we're usually pretty friendly around here!
Written July 10, 2017
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Dana S
Sacramento, California, United States1 contribution
Solo
Unfortunately the majority of bikers who use the bike trail think they're Lance Armstrong and the trail is their personal training ground. They do not respect others and are free in their use of bad language and aggressive behavior ruin the experience for everyone else. And now that the county has seen fit to remove all the stop signs and pedestrian crossings so the bikers will have NO reason to stop (this was done I was told by the chief ranger because the bikers never stopped anyway, and were never ticketed for this - and still aren't) I think it's only a matter of time before there are serious injuries caused by bikers not respecting any rules, especially the 15 mph speed limit that exists. So what was supposed to be a community resource is solely the venue for a self-privledged few but of course they aren't paying the freight. Use at your own risk. Watch out for the equestrians also. They don't mind using their horses to bully people out of their way.
Written March 19, 2013
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theresa s
sacramento7 contributions
stay off trail during off time; never go alone and only go in the afternoon; creepy early morning and dusk.
Written March 6, 2012
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