American River Bicycle Trail

American River Bicycle Trail

American River Bicycle Trail
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Part of the American Discovery Trail, this path is exclusively for non-motorized use, and it extends throughout the city.
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16 375 contributions
Jul 2023
This is a great bike trail along the river up above it on the flood control constructions. Good place for exercise on a sunny, but not hot, day.
Written 10 July 2023
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Jose Sabas
El Sobrante, CA50 contributions
May 2023
I was in Sacramento for Memorial Day weekend and decided to do a bicycle ride from Sacramento's Discovery Park, the confluence of both the American and Sacramento Rivers. I rode East around Lake Natoma via the Folsom Historic Truss Bridge, returning via the Natoma Bike Path and back on the American River Bicycle Trail. This is a relatively flat route and fun, with turns and twists as the trail wends through the riparian zone along the river. There's abundant shade, the few rises, mostly climbs up on to the levy, and a little more as you climb up the bluffs along Lake Natoma, but the climbs are short and the grades are gentle. Along the way you awesome views of the river. Given the Sierra snowpack as of Spring '23, the snow melt is pouring huge amounts of water and the river was flowing fast. Given the Memorial Day weekend, there was plenty of foot and bicycle traffic, but the trails were never crowded.
Written 2 June 2023
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Previa1994
Chicago, IL6 324 contributions
Jul 2022
I spent about half a day biking on the American River Trail in July during my vacation in Sacramento.  I rode about eight miles west from Folsom and back to Folsom on a rented bike.  The trail is paved and runs mostly along the American River. There are many dirt spur trails down to the river but I did not go there on the rented road bike. The is well-maintained path that offers a variety of scenic views. I found trail mile markers or maps to be lacking for such a beautiful trail.  So, first timers beware.  The ride itself is beautiful with scenic views of the river and landscape.  If I am in the area again, I will certainly plan to ride the other sections of the trail.
Written 17 January 2023
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Lil G
1 contribution
Sep 2022
Me and a friend started naivly the trail without knowing it would be full of homeless people. Could not reach the park and decided to go back for security. Even a drug addict went after us and had to run for a couple of miles.
Written 20 September 2022
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vliger
Oxford, MI276 contributions
Jun 2022
American Bike Trail – Sacramento/Folsom. 6/13/22 Access to the American River Bike Trail is off Tribute Road behind the Fairfield Marriott Cal Expo hotel. On this Monday morning the trail was nearly empty except for a few bike riders. The paved trail was in good condition with a few areas shaded. The restroom, near junction of the American River Parkway, was in poor condition however. The nearby port-a-john was not much better. Also, the sign here with directions and mileage was marred by graffiti and unreadable. So, without directions, we took a gravel route that appeared closer to the river. It led to more overgrown area and nothing scenic so we followed it until we got back to the main trail. There was lots of trash off this gravel portion. We continued west along the trail and then over the American River on the Sacramento Northern Bikeway Bridge to tour downtown Sacramento. There were quite a few blue tarp tents where homeless live just yards off this trail on either side of the bridge. On our way back from Sacramento we saw several fire trucks with lights flashing were near the junction to the American River Parkway. We were not sure if they were practicing or actually putting out a brush fire. The American River Trail section near Folsom, which we rode the previous day, is more well maintained, and cleaner. We did not see any homeless tents along that section near Folsom. For travel to downtown Sacramento by bike we recommend the American Bike Trail – Northern Bikeway Bridge. However, more mile markers, more directional signs and biker friendly water fountains would be helpful. For a more scenic tour we recommend the same trail but near Folsom.
Written 22 August 2022
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland18 407 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
The American River trail is great. Lots of room for walking, jogging and biking. Runs alongside the river and it’s a scenic route.
Written 14 April 2022
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Marian T
Sacramento, CA4 contributions
Jan 2022
A lovely flat ride and can be up to 50 miltes, crossing rivers and by Lake Natoma. We are lucky to live near the beginning of this trail and have ridden it many times.
Written 8 January 2022
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William L
23 contributions
Jun 2021
Had our bikes with us on an overnight in Sacramento. Used part of the trail to travel to a couple of breweries and also checked out Discovery park area which is nice. Trail was level with good exit ramps and not too busy when we were there on a Friday evening.
Written 12 June 2021
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JoshuaPatrick
Irvine5 contributions
Jun 2021
I can’t find the area to ask questions, so I’ll ask here: why do the pedestrians walk on the left side of the path here and other areas in NorCal? They don’t do this in SoCal. Great path, just confusing!
Written 4 June 2021
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Maryann L
Fair Oaks, CA1 319 contributions
Apr 2020
The bike trail has always been a great place to enjoy. And, now that gyms and many parks are closed it is even better. We bike or walk portions of the trail between Sunrise Blvd and Folsom Dam. There are enough people to feel safe and yet maintain social distancing. Now there is an added bonus. The California poppies and other wildflowers are in bloom.
Written 10 April 2020
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