Riverbend Park

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Just off of U.S. HWY 50 at Bradshaw, River Bend Park, is one of Sacramento’s oldest county parks. A long central road paralleling the river links you to this park’s many recreation facilities.

How to Get There:

From U.S. Highway 50, take the Bradshaw Road off-ramp. Turn right at Folsom Boulevard and follow the brown-and-white signs to the park entrance on Rod Beaudry Drive.

River Bend Park is one of Sacramento’s oldest county parks. A long central road paralleling the river links you to this park’s many recreation facilities. Wild turkeys and deer rustle in the grass beneath young oaks, while the bright green, carefully cared-for picnic area is a delicious place to stop for lunch. Baptisms have even taken place in the cool water of the American River in this park.

A buck mule deer in Riverbend Park.
A buck mule deer in Riverbend Park surveys an oak grove along the American River. Photo by Ed Homich

Fast Facts

  • River Bend Park has 444 acres, and was acquired in stages between 1961 and 1964.
  • The park was originally named after Sacramento philanthropist Charles Mathias Goethe
Egret; Riverbend Park.
An egret glides above the Amercican River near Riverbend Park. Photo by Ed Homich

Activities

  • River Bend Park is a welcome stop along the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail, just across the Harold Richey Bicycle Bridge from William B. Pond Park. The bridge offers a spectacular view of the American River.
  • The park is a common take-out spot for commercial rafting companies and for recreational rafters alike.
  • Horse and hiking trails wind through the park like ribbons of recreational enjoyment.
  • Group picnic sites are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

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