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American River Bike Trail, CA

One of the best biking trails!

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    One of the best biking trails!

    Special Interest: BikingOutdoor PlayRunningSportsSports - FitnessSports - PullWalking

    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
    Terrain: Paved
    Elevation: Going Eastbound – Starts Flat to Uphill starting midway until Granite Bay.
    Dog Policy: Dogs must be leashed (6ft).
    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:

    The start and end points for the trail are:

    American River Parkway Trailhead
    Sacramento, CA
    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!

      Suggested Prerequisites:

    • Biking

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