American River Bike Trail

Folsom Lake State Recreational Area, California

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American River Bike Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Placer County and Sacramento County, California. It is within Folsom Lake State Recreational Area, Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park, and Main Dam Operations Area. It is 40.2 miles long and begins at 200 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 miles with a total elevation gain of one foot. Folsom Public Garage, Folsom Public Garage, and other parkings, the Folsom Powerhouse Museum (elevation 177 feet) museum, and the Visitor Center information office are near the trailhead. There are also bbqs. Hazel Avenue Park And Ride, Folsom / Iron Point Park And Ride, Iron Point Light Rail Parking, and other parkings, the BP38, BP01, BP48, BP43, BP37, BP44, BP35, BP49, BP47, and BP36 camp sites, Redbud, Alder, and another picnic site, and the American River Water Education Center museum can be seen along the trail. There are also scrubs, drinking waters, a viewpoint, a water, and a caravan site along the trail.
Distance: mi Elevation: ft
American River Bike Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Placer County and Sacramento County, California. It is within Folsom Lake State Recreational Area, Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park, and Main Dam Operations Area. It is 40.2 miles long and begins at 200 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 miles with a total elevation gain of one foot. Folsom Public Garage, Folsom Public Garage, and other parkings, the Folsom Powerhouse Museum (elevation 177 feet) museum, and the Visitor Center information office are near the trailhead. There are also bbqs. Hazel Avenue Park And Ride, Folsom / Iron Point Park And Ride, Iron Point Light Rail Parking, and other parkings, the BP38, BP01, BP48, BP43, BP37, BP44, BP35, BP49, BP47, and BP36 camp sites, Redbud, Alder, and another picnic site, and the American River Water Education Center museum can be seen along the trail. There are also scrubs, drinking waters, a viewpoint, a water, and a caravan site along the trail. This trail connects with the following: American River Bike Trail (Levee).
Activity Type: Birding, Fly-Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Road Biking
Nearby City: Folsom Lake State Recreational Area
Distance: 40.2
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trailhead Elevation: 200 feet
Top Elevation: 200 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to American River Bike Trail
Parks: Folsom Lake State Recreational Area
Elevation Min/Max: 199/200 ft
Elevation Start/End: 200/200 ft

American River Bike Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Arguably one of the most successful and beautifully paved bike paths in northern California, this 32-mile gem of a trail stretches from downtown Sacramento eastward to Folsom Dam (64 miles round-trip). Also known as the Jedediah Smith National Recreation Trail, the American River Bike Path is nearly 100% separate from vehicle roads (a mile or two shares the road). The route hugs the American River as it ever so gently gains roughly 450 feet elevation as you ride from west to east. The trail is well maintained and mile markers are posted, starting at zero on the western end. You can start from a dozen access points and ride for as long or short as you like. In between the two trailheads, the path leads through a rich riparian en-vironment, graced by an abundance of birds. You’re never far from civilization since the bike path leads past many residential and commercial neighborhoods and city parks (some of which have historical significance)."

"The American River Parkway extends 30 miles along the American River from Folsom Lake to Discovery Park, where the American joins the Sacramento River. (Less than half the parkway is included here.) It is used heavily by rafters, kayakers, fishermen, joggers, horseback riders, and bicyclists. According to parkway rules, bicyclists have priority on the designated bike paths. Pedestrians are supposed to walk to one side, on the shoulders. Specialty birds: Resident—Wood Duck; White-tailed Kite; Acorn and Nuttall’s Woodpeckers; Yellow-billed Magpie; Phainopepla; Lesser Goldfinch. Summer—Ash-throated Flycatcher, Black-headed Grosbeak, Bullock’s Oriole. Winter—Mew, California, Thayer’s, and Glaucouswinged Gulls This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

"Every city, it seems, has a trail where dog walkers can see and be seen. In Sacramento, that trail is the American River Parkway, a 23-mile (one-way) paved trail that links Sacramento with the towns of Rancho Cordova, Fair Oaks, and Folsom. There are actually two parallel trails happening here. One is the paved American River Parkway for cyclists and roller bladers, then there’s the dirt Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail for horses, trail runners, and hikers. Certainly no one does the entire trip in one fell swoop; people tend to enjoy short sections and return to their cars to continue with their busy lives. Evening seems to be the busiest time along the trail, when its crowded with joggers and dog walkers."

"A wonderful 22-mile tailwater fishery flows right through the heart of California’s state capital and into the Sacramento River. And believe it or not, the lower American River gets less overall pressure than a place such as Fall River during peak season! Keep in mind, however, that there are millions of potential anglers near this stretch of river. The lower American is urban fly fishing, but it’s worth the adventure. Types of Fish: Smallmouth and striped bass, American shad, steelhead, salmon (chinook), plus panfish and catfish. This fly-fishing chapter describes the "where, when, and how" for fishing in this area. It includes a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to use, the best flies to use, season, limits, nearby accommodations, and camping."

"Every city, it seems, has a trail where dog walkers can see and be seen. In Sacramento, that trail is the American River Parkway, a 23-mile (one-way) paved trail that links Sacramento with the towns of Rancho Cordova, Fair Oaks, and Folsom. There are actually two parallel trails happening here. One is the paved American River Parkway for cyclists and rollerbladers. Then there’s the dirt Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail for horses, trail runners, and hikers."

"The Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail, more commonly known as the American River Trail, is one of the longest purpose-built bike trails in the state, stretching for 32 miles from Sacramento to Folsom Lake.

While the trail has run alongside the American River since the 1970s, it is no aging relic. The County of Sacramento keeps it in tip-top shape, with new features added every year and with old elements upgraded or well maintained."

Recent Trail Reviews

3/23/2010
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I've ridden this trail numerous times and am always amazed by the quality of the trail and the scenery. If you're looking for a short-ish loop (10-12 miles), I recommend getting on at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery on Hazel and taking the trail through the woods on the southern side of the river up to Negro Bar in Folsom, crossing over the river and returning along the river on the northern side. You can't go wrong with this one!


10/7/2009
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William B. Pond Recreation Area is a fabulous multi-use park that is a part of the 23 mile Sacramento American River Parkway. Bicyclists spin by on the bike trail, joggers share these same paved miles. There are picnic area that are wide open and offer tables and bbqs, and there is an Accessible Fishing pier for wheelchair using fishing enthusiasts. Of course there rafting and canoeing on the river proper. Although, we spend nearly EVERY weekend at William B Pond with the Magpie...getting her yayas out on the dirt trails and swimming in the river. There are trails that it is common to meet others with their dogs off leash, and there is fun and frolick at the riverside as dogs go swimming for all types of sticks, balls and swim toys.


7/24/2008
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I ride this trail weekly. You forget you're actually riding through Sacramento. American River Bike Trail is all paved but also runs parallel to unpaved levees. You will find a couple of spots to jump (if you're in to that). Trail is not technical, but riding along the American River provides good scenery. Excellent for MTB Beginners & road cyclists.


6/8/2008
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We rode this trail with our 6 y.o. twins on the trailer bikes to old town sacto. We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn just outside of Discovery Park and it was just a hop over to the bike trail. Overall a very enjoyable ride and I would have liked to ride more of the trail.... next time!


7/13/2006
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a paved bike trail should not be # 1 in the best mountain bike trails in the US!



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