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American River Parkway

American River Parkway

Sacramento, California, 95816
Category: Activities
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American River Parkway

Sacramento's natural treasure, the 23-mile American River Parkway is a beautiful recreation and wildlife area just minutes from downtown. Edging the American River, the scenic parkway offers paved running, walking and bike trails, picnic sites, beaches, and fishing, boating and rafting adventures on Sacramento's wild rivers. Discover beautiful parks and recreation areas along the parkway, including Discovery Park, where the American River meets the Sacramento River, Paradise Beach, Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail and River Bend Park. Enjoy nature walks and historic tours.



- Sunrise to sunset.


- $5 for vehicles to enter the Regional Parks.


  • Golden State Triathlon - Discovery Park
  • Spirit of the Rock 50 Mile - To Cal Expo


  • Running, Hiking & Biking
  • Fishing, Rafting & Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Picnicking
  • Nature Walks & Historic Tours

Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail

Winding from Folsom to Old Sacramento, the 32-mile Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail runs along the American River from Discovery Park to Beals Point. The trail is a popular spot for hiking, jogging, strolling, cycling, horseback riding, and inline skating. The trail offers access to several parks, including Paradise Beach and River Bend Park, and the American River, where you can go fishing and rafting.

Sacramento Parks

The American River Parkway connects Sacramento’s beautiful regional parks, including Discovery Park, River Bend Park, Paradise Beach, Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail, Ancil Hoffman Park, Sunrise Recreation Area, Sailor Bar, and the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. The parks offer endless outdoor recreation, including walking, hiking, cycling, golf, horseback riding, rafting, fishing, boating and wildlife viewing.


  • Where can I go rafting, canoeing or kayaking?

    The American and Sacramento rivers are amazing destinations for rafting, kayaking and canoeing adventures. Discovery Park, Sailor Bar and the Sunrise Recreation Areas are popular raft and watercraft launches so you can and explore Sacramento’s beautiful rivers. River Bend Park is a popular take-out spot for rafters and kayakers. After your rafting adventure, you can hop on the shuttles back to your launch point for a small fee.
  • Where can I have a picnic?

    American River Parkway offers many scenic and shady picnic areas. One of Sacramento’s oldest county parks, River Bend offers a beautiful, green picnic area along the river. Discovery Park, Ancil Hoffman Park, Paradise Beach, Sunrise Recreation Area and the William B. Pond Recreation Area offer peaceful picnic spots where you can relax and enjoy an afternoon lunch. Sarah Court offers a quiet, rocky beach where you can escape the pace of the city.

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