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Recognized as a national trail in 1974, and named the nation’s No. 1 bike path for 2006 by www.Trails.com, this thirty-two mile long trail winds from Folsom to Old Sacramento, paralleling the American River and stopping at many key places along the way.
How to Get There:
The Trail can be accessed from most parks in the American River Parkway and from parks in Folsom, CA.
The Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail offers the best trail access in the Sacramento area. Thirty-two miles long, this miniature road winds from Folsom to downtown Sacramento, paralleling the American River and stopping at many key places along the way
Activities along the Trail System include hiking, horseback riding, cycling, inline skating, jogging and strolling. The Trail 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.
Rules of Trail Courtesy:
- Those on foot should stay on the left “soft” shoulder
- Bike riders and inline skaters should stay on the asphalt path, right of the yellow line.
- A 15 mph speed limit is enforced.
- Passing should only be done on the left, with a verbal warning, like “on your left”.
- Horses are not allowed on the paved trail surface except at trail crossings and bridges. Please yield to horses whenever they are encountered.