The Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail

The Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail

Sacramento, California
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The Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail offers the best trail access in the Sacramento area. This world-renowned trail winds from Folsom to old 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.
 

Bonnie plays with friend at Partner Park. Photo by Janet Fullwood.
Bonnie plays with friend at Partner Park. Photo by Janet Fullwood.
Sacramento has a couple of nicknames. For the last decade or so, it’s prided itself as “America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital” due to its location in the agriculture-rich Central Valley. But it’s been known since the mid-1800s as the “City of Trees” for the robust canopies that shelter its many parks and older residential neighborhoods. The tree-planting binge started by early residents never stopped, and today, Sacramento’s parks provide shady refuge for DogTrekkers, even on the hottest summer days. more »
Murphy takes a break on the American River - credit: Christine Morris
Murphy takes a break on the American River - credit: Christine Morris
The American and Sacramento rivers converge at Discovery Park, just north of downtown Sacramento, and whichever way you trek along the 32-mile, multi-use Jedidiah Smith Memorial Trail (also known as the American River Bike Trail), you’ll enjoy lots of scenery and wildlife.  If you’re a first-timer to Sac, we suggest starting out your hike in the Old Sacramento historic district just across Interstate 5 from downtown. more »
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