One of the best biking trails!
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The American River Bike Trail (Jediediah Smith Memorial Trail) is a paved 32 mile-long road running from Discovery Park (Jibboom St) in Old Sacramento to Folsom Lake at Beal’s Point. Much of the trail is shady with abundant trees and wildflowers. Horses (in some areas) and pedestrians share the road. Entrance fees apply depending on where you park. Dogs must be on leash.
American River Bike Trail Quick Links
Pawtivity Listing: Essential info & tips for dog owners. Link
Maps & Access: Map
Start: Sacramento, CA 38.600979, -121.507664 Map
End: Granite Bay, CA 38.720797, -121.168461 Map
Elevation: Going Eastbound – Starts Flat to Uphill starting midway until Granite Bay.
Dog Policy: Dogs must be leashed (6ft). http://arpf.org/pdf_files/ARPmap.pdf
Motor Vehicles: Not Allowed
Am interactive trail map is provided by the American River Parkway Foundation. There’s also a great printable map available as well of the area. Map: http://arpf.org/pdf_files/ARPmap.pdf
The start and end points for the trail are:
American River Parkway Trailhead
GPS Coordinates 38.600979, -121.507664 Map
Beal’s Point Recreation Area
Granite Bay, CA 95746
GPS Coordinates 38.720797, -121.168461 Map
There are plenty of other parks that you can go to for access to the trail: Discover Park, Howe Avenue River Access, Paradise Beach, Riverbend Park, Rossmoor Bar, Sacramento Bar, Sailor Bar, Sarah Court, Upper/Lower Sunrise River Access, Waterton Access, Watt Avenue Access, William B. Pond, and Beal’s Point Recreation Area.
Some dog owners reported that bikes go pretty fast on this route. Electric bikes are permitted on the road as well. If your dog needs frequent breaks or can’t run fast for a longer period of time, this may not be the best place for your dog.
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Location: Sacramento | Folsom | Sacramento County | California
Activities: Walking, Biking, Running
Items Needed: Bike, Bike Helmet, Bike Repair Kit, Bike Attachment or Springer, Non-Tangling Lead, Body Harness, Water, First Aid, Reflective Tape or Gear, Poop Bags, Other Appropriate Gear
Safety: Please consult your vet on running with your dog, especially if you have a puppy. Pay attention to your dog's abilities and start slow. Never run when it is too hot or cold outside. And don't forget to check the paws!
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