Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail / Discovery Park

Sacramento, California 94204

Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail / Discovery Park

Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail / Discovery Park Professional Review and Guide

"This sampling of Sacramento’s premier trail begins at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers, and stretches east through manicured parklands and strips of tangled riparian woodland."

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"If the American River is the parkway’s lifeblood, then the 32-mile-long paved Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail is the artery that connects the river to the hearts of the people. Starting at Discovery Park, the national recreation trail links to local neighborhoods via access paths and staging areas, some with facilities including picnic areas, restrooms, and boat launches.

The paved path roughly parallels the route of US 50, and access to the trail and parkway is identified on freeway signs."

"This sampling of Sacramento’s premier trail begins at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers and stretches east through manicured parklands and strips of relatively untouched riparian woodlands. The American River Parkway, a linear greenbelt that stretches from downtown Sacramento to Folsom Lake, is without question the most loved open space in the Sacramento region. If the American River is the parkway’s anchor, then the 32-mile paved Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail is the chain that links the river to the hearts of the people. To explore the length of the memorial trail on foot would require days—a feat worthy of the trail’s mountaineering namesake, Jedediah Smith, who hiked across the Sierra in the early 1800s and camped along the river. Taken in segments, however, the trail easily accommodates six to eight great easy day hikes. You could explore the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers at Discovery hour but it is not always obeyed. Stay to the right as you walk, allowing bikers plenty of room to pass. Most cyclists will warn of their approach."

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Trail Information

Sacramento
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.4
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Boat Launch/Ramp, Skating, Boating, Horseback Riding
Additional Use
Sacramento County Regional Parks Department, 4040 Bradshaw Rd., Sacramento 95827; (916) 875-6961; www .msa2.sac county .net/parks.
Local Contacts
USGS Sacramento East CA and Sacramento West CA; Jedediah Smith Memorial Bicycle Trail map produced by the Sacramento County Regional Parks Department, available for purchase at various locations along the trail including the Effie Yeaw Interpretive Center in Ancil Hoffman County Park. The map is also available at www .msa2. saccounty .net/parks/Documents/ ParkwayMap .pdf.
Local Maps