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American River Bicycle Trail

Sacramento, CA
+1 916-248-2660
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Awesome for bikers

For bike riders, this unique Sacramento feature, winds throu beautiful parts of the American River... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Steve R
Roseville, California
This is the environmental jewel of the Sacramento area!

The bicycle trail is one small part of a 22 mile long green tree shaded parkway along the lower... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 5 days ago

For bike riders, this unique Sacramento feature, winds throu beautiful parts of the American River Parkway and American River, all the way from Downtown Sac to Folsom Lake. On busy days the trail is packed with bike teams and intense bikers who 'fly" down the...More

Thank Steve R
Reviewed 1 week ago

The bicycle trail is one small part of a 22 mile long green tree shaded parkway along the lower American River. The American River trail winds along the banks of the river from Old Sacramento east to Folsom Lake. There are improved parks along the...More

Thank j0hnstevens1
Reviewed 1 week ago

The loop around Lake Natoma is over 20 miles; however, you can ride only as far as you want to and then return. There are multiple points where you start your ride. With younger kids it's good to know where the flat terrain is. For...More

Thank Alexander S
Reviewed 1 week ago

I try to find places where I can get in 30 to 40 miles without a lot of stopping. Since I am typically by myself, I prefer to find trails like this where I feel safe. I love riding on the road, but prefer it...More

Thank rvbikelady
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

River's edge bike trail. Very smooth pavement that is wide enough for walkers and bikers. Mostly flat trail with slight inclines however no steep hills. The trail is lined with many trees that provide shade on parts of the trail. The trail also can accommodate...More

Thank George C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

yesterday my wife requested that we bike the American River Bicycle Trail along with our 3 adult children. We packed the bikes up and proceeded to the multistory parking garage next to Old Sacramento (parking $10 for the day). Note: Low ceiling in the garage...More

1  Thank Johnboy4343
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While it's a bike trail, my husband and I have only walked it. The trails are well maintained, and you see lots of wild flowers and wild life. Last time we were there, we saw wild turkeys crossing the trail. Every time we go, we...More

Thank Gili G
Reviewed April 24, 2017

The trail is excellent for those who wish to avoid auto traffic and like to cruise along at leisurely speeds. The curves are nice from an aesthetic standpoint - versus traveling on a straight path - but some of the curves have rather tight radii...More

Thank Bruce H
Reviewed April 22, 2017

If you ride along the river, be prepared to see "tent city" where numerous homeless people live. It is heartbreaking.

Thank Jugglenut
Reviewed April 19, 2017 via mobile

One of the great joys is that getting back to nature is so easy. We always take friends on bike trail to see river & often sight river otters. How fun they are to watch. We get on trail in Old Sacto if were doing...More

Thank Bonnie C
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Karen G
Is this a good trail for walking with a stroller?
January 9, 2017|
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Response from LoveToTravelSamson | Reviewed this property |
Not now, not alone. It's very far & the weather is rotten now, the river is raging & too high to be safe! Wait until Spring, go with friends, a charged cell phone & dog! It's very beautiful. But, due to circumstances... More
Are there many bike rental shops along the trail? Hourly, daily? How about free parking near bike rental shops?
April 22, 2016|
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Response from Patriziadalucca | Reviewed this property |
Practical Cycle has rental bikes available in Old Sacramento. That is near the beginning of the American River Trail. The rental includes a helmet, lock and front pannier. City Bike Works does the same thing and is on 24th... More
Rebecca W
We will be riding the American River Bicycle Trail during the third week in March. Are there restaurants or cafes about halfway down the trail where we can stop for lunch or a coffee, or should we plan on bringing food for a picnic? We will be traveling, so a restaurant meal would be easier.
March 2, 2016|
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Response from EDGEGUY95 | Reviewed this property |
BTW, the person who said Old Sacramento is the halfway point was incorrect - Old Sac is at the start of the 31 mile trail close to mile marker 1 or 2.