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.
- The starting point is Discovery Park, crosses into the Folsom State Recreation area from the American River Parkway and terminates at Beals Point.
- The trail is 32-miles
- The trail was recognized as a national trail in 1974
- The trail was voted the Number One bike path for 2006 by http://www.trails.com/.
- View or purchase a map of the trail.
How to Get There:
The Trail can be accessed from most parks in the American River Parkway and from parks in Folsom including:
- Discovery Park
- Howe Avenue River Access
- Paradise Beach
- Riverbend Park
- Rossmoor Bar
- Sacramento Bar
- Sailor Bar
- Sarah Court
- Upper/Lower Sunrise River Access
- Waterton Access
- Watt Avenue Access
- William B. Pond
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. Equestrian access to the paved trail surface is allowed only at trail crossings and bridges.
Learn more about the rules and regulations on the multi-use trail.
Hours and Fees:
The park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset.
Self-payment is required if no fee collector is present.
- $5 Vehicle
- $3 Small Watercraft Launch Fee
- $10 Vehicle + Trailer or Oversized Vehicle (over 22 feet)
- $20 Bus
Special Event fees vary by event.
Picnics Allowed: Yes
Rules of Trail Courtesy:
- Those on foot should stay on the left “soft” shoulder
- Bike riders and in-line skaters should stay on the paved path, right of the yellow line.
- A 15 mph speed limit is enforced.
- Passing on the paved path should only be done on the left, with a verbal warning, like “on your left”.
- Horses are not allowed on the paved trail surface except at trail crossings and bridges. Please yield to horses whenever they are encountered