Off-Paved Trail Cycling Pilot Program Opens in Woodlake and Cal Expo

On September 8th, the Sacramento County Department of Regional Parks will open the Off-Paved Trail Cycling Pilot Program in Woodlake and Cal Expo areas of the American River Parkway. Mountain bikers will be allowed to ride six miles of unpaved maintenance and fire roads in these areas during a trial period from September 2017 to 2020. Mountain biking remains prohibited throughout the American River Parkway outside of the Woodlake and Cal Expo areas. Read more about the plan, analysis and process

The purpose of the pilot is to determine whether Off-Paved Trail Cycling can be an appropriate permanent use in the American River Parkway. This pilot program was included in the American River Parkway Plan, and after the three year trial period and evaluation, this pilot program may be made a permanent use with an Area Plan Map Amendment approved by the Board of Supervisors. Join us for Opening Day at 9 a.m. on September 8th at the Cal Expo Overflow Parking Lot​.


Have you used the pilot trails​? We would appreciate your feedback. Please take this quick survey.​

Check out the pilot trail map. ​

Trail Rules

  • ​Communicate your presence
  • Cyclists and hikers yield to equestrians
  • Stay on designated trails
  • Building features and trails is prohibited
  • No riding on wet trails
  • Obey all signs and barriers
  • Off-paved cycling is prohibited in the Parkway outside of the Woodlake and Cal Expo areas

Trail Surface

  • ​Skill level: Easy
  • Average grade: </=5%
  • Obstacles: infrequent and insubstantial

Looking for more of a challenge? Try Township 9 Bike Park, a six acre pump track, at North 7th Street between the Two Rivers Trail and Richards Blvd.

Trails will be closed during wet weather. To learn whether trails are open, visit sacparks.net.

For more information, visit the program planning proc​ess web page.​ 

For questions or comments, please contact the Sacramento County Department of Regional Parks at (916) 875-6961.

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