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Regional Parks

American River Parkway

Welcome to the "jewel of Sacramento," the 23-mile American River Parkway.  More than 5 million visitors enjoy this unique wildlife and recreation area annually.  Fishing, boating and rafting opportunities lure water enthusiasts.  Picnic sites, golfing, guided natural and historic tours and much more are often just steps away from the paved trails.  Access to the Parkway is available at various points off of Highway 50.

View interactive map of the American River Parkway provided by the Sacramento Bee.

This map shows the location of a variety of the recreation areas along the Parkway. For a more detailed explanation of all the recreation areas, please refer to the list of parks below. 

Ancil Hoffman Park ​Discovery Park
Howe Ave River Access Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail
Paradise Beach River Bend Park
Rossmor Bar Sacramento Bar
Sailor Bar Sarah Court
Sunrise Recreation area, Upper and Lower Waterton and S.A.R.A Access
Watt Avenue Access

William B. Pond Recreation Area

Effie Yeaw Nature Center


Preserving and improving the Parkway for future generations is our highest priority. View the Parkway Plan

Financial Needs Study
Learn about the needs of the Parkway and the plan to ensure its longevity.

Planning / Development
For projects around the home and larger projects, County Regional parks Landscape Architects reviews projects that come into the Planning Department.