Dave Moore Nature Trail

Sacramento, California 95843

Dave Moore Nature Trail

Dave Moore Nature Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This sweet little route meanders through oak woodlands down to a rocky beach on the South Fork American River, offering the wheelchair-bound, the stroller-bound, and the able-bodied easy access to a backcountry experience.

Following the sweeping curves of the Dave Moore Nature Trail is reminiscent of walking a labyrinth. The first half-mile curls thoughtfully through oak woodlands, offering travelers ample chance to contemplate what draws them outdoors—how the sun filters through a forest canopy, the unique shapes of rocks and boulders, how fleeting glimpses of a nearby river"

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Sacramento (Menasha Ridge Press)
Jordan Summers
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"When you have so much to see in such a small area, it’s hard to know where to start. There are two possible trailheads; I took off on the one nearest the road at the east end of the lot. The loop trail at the Dave Moore Nature Area is a surprisingly all inclusive treat. Historic mining remnants, riverside ecosystem and vistas, waterfowl and songbirds, foothill forest, displays of flowers in sun and shade all are available to hikers of every age and ability, and all are packed into a 1 mile trail just off CA 49." Read more
Best Hikes Sacramento (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo
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"This sweet little route meanders through oak woodlands down to a rocky beach on the South Fork American River, offering the wheelchair-bound, stroller-bound, and able-bodied easy access to a backcountry experience. Following the sweeping curves of the Dave Moore Nature Trail is reminiscent of walking a labyrinth. The first 0.5 mile curls through oak woodlands, offering travelers ample chance to contemplate what draws them outdoors—how the sun filters through a forest canopy, the unique shapes of rocks and boulders, how fleeting glimpses of a nearby river quicken the senses." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Sacramento (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourre
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"This sweet little route meanders through oak woodlands down to a rocky beach on the American River, offering the wheelchair-bound, the stroller-bound, and the able-bodied easy access to a backcountry experience. Following the sweeping curves of the rock-lined Dave Moore Nature Trail is reminiscent of walking a labyrinth. The first 0.5 mile curls thoughtfully through the oak woodlands, offering travelers ample chance to contemplate what draws them outdoors—how the sun filters through a forest canopy, the unique shapes of rocks and boulders, how fleeting glimpses of a nearby river quicken the senses. Walking or rolling from the trailhead to the rocky banks of the South Fork American River is an absolute pleasure. Surfaced in decomposed granite, the route spans seasonal streams via sturdy bridges and handles grades via gentle switchbacks that sweep past, among other things, a huge old madrone ring, a boulder that pops from the forest floor like a button mushroom, and the handiwork of Chinese laborers who, during the gold rush, carved ditches and built rock walls to aid miners in their quest to recover precious nuggets." Read more

Dave Moore Nature Trail Reviews

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6/10/2009
Nice easy going along the North arm of Lake folsom - we went about 3 miles in to Long Bar and found picnic benches. The parking fee is up to $8 now and down dirt road with a few washout spots. Trail shares with horse riders so watch out for fertilizer.
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Trail Information

Sacramento
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
1.1
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1 hour
Duration
Year-round
Season
Bureau of Land Management, Folsom Field Office, 63 Natoma St., Folsom 95630; (916) 985-4474; www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/folsom/dmna.html
Local Contacts
USGS Coloma CA. The trail is straightforward enough that no map is needed.
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Dec 2018