American River Parkway

American River Parkway

Sacramento, California
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Local Phone: (916) 875-6672

The American River Parkway is a 32-mile greenbelt along the American River. A paved, multi-use trail with multiple points of entry off of Highway 50 runs 32 miles from Folsom Lake State Recreation Area to the Old Sacramento historic district.

The parkway's 82-mile trail system also includes hiking and equestrian paths. The parkway is the jewel in the crown of the Sacramento County Regional Park System and a cherished resource for area residents.

Dogs on leash are welcome.

Help us keep this trail beautiful and dog-friendly:
• Always follow the posted rules as they may have changed
• Respect and protect wildlife and habitats
• Pack in and pack out, leaving only paw prints

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Meats exploring the Johnny Cash Trail - Photo Credit: @finnifsk8
Meats exploring the Johnny Cash Trail - Photo Credit: @finnifsk8
History, a vibrant dining scene and outdoor recreation options galore beckon in this gateway to California Gold Country. Folsom’s nucleus is its handsomely revitalized Old Town district, centered on Sutter Street and great for an anytime stroll or sit-down with your four-legged friend. more »
Lucas at American River Parkway - Photo Credit: @_lucas.sacul_
Lucas at American River Parkway - Photo Credit: @_lucas.sacul_
Highway 50 buzzes right through Rancho Cordova between Sacramento and Folsom, so unless you pull off to explore, you won’t know what you’re missing. Start, perhaps with an overnight stay at a dog-friendly hotel and get a complimentary Sierra Foothills Wine Tasting Passport good for two people at eight regional wineries that welcome dogs. more »
Historic Folsom: Gateway to the Gold Country
Visitors know Folsom for the song made famous by the Man in Black, but no one sings the blues once they get to this historic little city at the western gateway to California Gold Country. Folsom makes a great launching pad for forays into El Dorado County wine country and the Apple Hill region, where many dog-friendly adventures await. But it also has much to offer DogTrekkers in its own right—including a new, 2.5-mile trail and sculpture park named for Johnny Cash.

The Johnny Cash Trail connects to an extensive network of paved paths shared by cyclists, joggers and dog-walkers, while just outside town, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, which includes the separate Lake Natoma, have their own sets of pathways along with miles of shoreline where Sparky can swim and fetch sticks to his heart’s content. And that’s not to mention the American River Bike Trail hugging the river of the same name for 32 miles, all the way to downtown Sacramento. more »
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I'm 21 in dog years!. Photo Credit: @elbyandbart
The California capital makes a great jumping-off place for DogTrekkers poised for a trip to high country. Snuggle into a dog-friendly hotel, dine on a restaurant patio with your pup at your side, take a scenic hike on the American River Parkway, and you’ll be primed to head “up the hill” for your next stop on your high Sierra road trip. more »
Dog running free
Photo Credit: Eileen McFall (CC)
If you’re one for “spoke and wheel” getaways, the centrally located state capital makes a great hub for day trips throughout the region. Of course, you and Sparky might find so much to do that you won’t even want to leave town. more »
Oscar at Folsom Lake
Oscar having fun at Folsom Lake. (CC) T. Dibble
Johnny Cash may have put Folsom on America's musical map, but visitors don't sing the blues once they experience the vitality of this historic little city at the western gateway to California Gold Country.

DogTrekkers visiting Folsom will find more than 32 miles of paved, multi-use trails for cyclists, walkers and joggers, including many segments that intersect with open space corridors, creeks and greenbelts. To get a feel for what’s out there, stroll a section of the Humbug-Willow Creek trail system, which meanders 15 miles through a variety of terrain. Or, follow the American River shoreline along a segment of the 32-mile American River Parkway connecting Folsom with the Old Sacramento historic district. more »
Bodie Saco River
Bodie playing in the Sacramento River. Photo Janet Fullwood
From the downtown core to the farthest reaches of suburbia, Sacramento abounds with dog-friendly places to stay. If you and your furry friend are avid walkers, the Westin Sacramento, just off Interstate 5 about five miles south of downtown, is a four-paw DogTrekker choice.  more »
Visit Folsom

Johnny Cash may have put Folsom on America's mental map. but visitors don't sing the blues once they experience the vitality of this historic little city at the western gateway to California Gold Country.  more »

Zapata at River Bend Park
Zapata at River Bend Park. Photo: Trevino (CC)
A paddle trip down the six-mile stretch of the Lower American River between the Sunrise Bridge off Highway 50 and River Bend Park (called by its former name, Goethe Park, on many maps) is a signature summertime experience for residents of and visitors to Sacramento. more »
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