Sacramento River Parkway is a hiking and biking trail in Sacramento, California. It is within Old Sacramento State Historic Park. It is 1.9 miles long and begins at 17 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 142 feet. The Old Sacramento State Historic Park Visitor Information Center (elevation 33 feet) information is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms and benches. The Sacramento History Museum (elevation 33 feet) museum can be seen along the trail. There are also drinking waters, swimming pools, parking, and a parking along the trail.
Sacramento River Parkway Professional Reviews and Guides
"This scenic bikeway runs from downtown Sacramento to the semirural community of Elverta in northern Sacramento County. It follows the route of the historic Sacramento Northern Railroad. Along the way, it crosses the American River and its scenic Parkway, several small neighborhood creeks, and the wooded floodplain of Dry Creek (a parkway in the making). It also connects downtown Sacramento with the northern neighborhoods and communities of Noralto, Del Paso Heights, Robla, Rio Linda, and Elverta. This is an excellent excursion for those who would like to explore this region of Sacramento by bike."
--Steven L. Evans, Top Trails Sacramento (Wilderness Press).
"The Sacramento Northern Railroad slices through a cross-section of Central California, leading from the old neighborhoods of Sacramento through the suburbs to the north of town, then out into scenic farmland. You can picnic in Discovery Park or in one of the gazebos along the route, as well as at Rio Linda. Trail surface: Asphalt."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Best Rail Trails California (Falcon Guides).
"The city center that was home to the first railroad in the state of California serves as a fitting setting for this rail trail. Saturated in history and culture, wedged between the Sacramento River and a working rail line, the Sacramento River Trail is a pleasure to walk or ride. Surface: Wooden boardwalk, concrete, asphalt."
"This rail trail, mostly flat and paved, runs north from downtown Sacramento into the suburbs of Rio Linda and Elverta. A short section is described here, illustrating the provocative dilemmas that urban trails strive to bridge.
The route begins amid industry and runs through the strip of riparian parkland along the American River at the border of Discovery Park."
--Tracy Salcedo, Best Hikes Sacramento (Falcon Guides).
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