Jedediah Smith

The Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail is the primary recreational trail which runs along the entire length of the American River Parkway. It connects Discovery Park to Folsom Lake and provides an important bicycle commuter route. Although the trail is designated for bicycle and in-line skating use, it is also heavily used by hikers and runners. Additional bicycle trail segments have been constructed to provide supplemental trail connections and access points.

photo: American River Bike Trail, just east of the Bridge St entrance, at approximately Mile 21. Photo by Cravenmonket/wiki.

Type: Fitness Trail, Greenway
Length: 26.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Boating, Motorized
Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Boating, non-motorized: Rafting
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Heritage and History
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Wildlife Observation
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? $5.00

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Location: E Along American River Greenway from Sacramento to Folsom.
State(s): California
Counties: Sacramento
Latitude: 38.58139
: -121.34397

The Trail can be accessed from most parks in the American River Parkway and from parks in Folsom including:
•Discovery 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


The Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail (or American River Bike Trail) is a paved multi-use pathway that runs between the confluence of the Sacramento River with the American River, just north of downtown Sacramento, CA, and Beal's Point at Folsom Lake, north of Folsom, CA. The trail is 32 miles (51 km) long, and is used as a major recreational destination, as well as a commuter artery for cyclists. The trail is considered one of the longest paved purpose-built bike trails in the country. Activities along the trail include hiking, horseback riding, cycling, inline skating, jogging and strolling. It is also a very popular, healthy, environmentally sound alternative for commuting to work. Visitors often combine their trail activities with shopping or eating, while others enjoy fishing or picnicking beneath a shady tree. Equestrian access to the paved trail surface is allowed only at trail crossings and bridges.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock
Soil, compacted

Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Sacramento County Regional Parks-Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Information Contact:
Sacramento County Regional Parks
10361 Rockingham Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento , CA 95827
(916) 875-6961



American River Bike Trail, just east of the Bridge St entrance, at approximately Mile 21. Photo by Cravenmonket/wiki.

American River Bike Trail, just east of the Bridge St entrance, at approximately Mile 21. Photo by Cravenmonket/wiki.


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