American River Parkway

cv-americanriverparkwayEvery 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.

Trail details: Trail is 23 total miles with an elevation gain of 300'. These out and back hikes can be as little as 30 minutes or last all day. Best Spring and fall; hikable year-round. Click here for a detail map of access points and amenities.

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