Effie Yeaw Natural Area Loop Trail

Carmichael, California

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The Effie Yeaw Nature Center and its adjacent Natural Area have a network of short interpretive trails perfect for families to explore and learn about the American River ecosystem, the life of the Nisenan Indians who formerly lived along the river, and the advent of gold mining that transformed the landscape and eventually led to the establishment of the American River Parkway. Although the trails are short and located in a relatively confined area, there is no better place to observe wildlife on a winter day. You may see deer and coyotes, and numerous avian species, including wild turkeys, great blue herons, kingfishers, acorn woodpeckers, and Cooper’s hawks. By following different segments of the Observation, Riverview History, and Discovery interpretive trails, you can pretty much circumnavigate the entire natural area within about a mile, experience the many habitats of the Parkway, observe the river and a wetland, and start and end at the Nature Center itself so you can enjoy its exhibits and wildlife displays.

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"The Effie Yeaw Nature Center and its adjacent Natural Area have a network of short interpretive trails perfect for families to explore and learn about the American River ecosystem, the life of the Nisenan Indians who formerly lived along the river, and the advent of gold mining that transformed the landscape and eventually led to the establishment of the American River Parkway. Although the trails are short and located in a relatively confined area, there is no better place to observe wildlife on a winter day. You may see deer and coyotes, and numerous avian species, including wild turkeys, great blue herons, kingfishers, acorn woodpeckers, and Cooper’s hawks. By following different segments of the Observation, Riverview History, and Discovery interpretive trails, you can pretty much circumnavigate the entire natural area within about a mile, experience the many habitats of the Parkway, observe the river and a wetland, and start and end at the Nature Center itself so you can enjoy its exhibits and wildlife displays."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Carmichael
Distance: 1
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Best: Winter or morning in the summer
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Effie Yeaw Nature Center
Local Maps: USGS Carmichael

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