We try to bike the American River Parkway at least twice a month, and have been doing so for years. We tend to park near REI, the college or the Watt entrance because miles 4-30 are our favorites. Seems the closer one rides to Folsum the more smiles and greeting you get from other riders. Below mile 4 hardly anyone says hello and it is a sketchy area. We have biked the parkway one way and used the light rail to get back to our car. We have seen as many as 14 deer on a ride, removed rattlesnakes off the trail twice, love watching the salmon run in Oct-December. Only problem that has ever occurred is my husband was hit by a slingshot once. Lots of wonderful people use the parkway but it is not overused like the bike trail I took in Seattle once, that was congested. We have seen an increase in use of the bike trail by bikers, walkers, joggers and an occasional skater. We try not to use it on weekends preferring the quietness of weekdays. Great birding, biking and there are many access points. We even did a stayvacation and took a niece and 3 nephews for three days of riding (ages 7-11), swimming and hiking...they did 37 miles one day and I will always be beholden to a bikehiker who stopped and asked them how far they were riding then nearly fell over when they said we were on mile 30 and still had more miles to go. He made them feel so proud of themselves. It is great for children to ride but make sure to have them follow the rules. most bikers are careful and mindful that children may be riding but a few riders go way to fast for a bike trail.
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