Parks & Features of the Parkway

The American River Parkway has over a dozen access points. These access points feature areas to fish, swim, kayak, or run, as well as paint, relax, or watch a sunset. The paved Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail runs the length of the Parkway and beyond while a separate multi-use dirt trail meanders near the bike trail from Discovery Park to Nimbus Fish Hatchery and into the Folsom Lake SRA. Various parks on the Parkway and different amenities are listed below.

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Park Passes
Access all parks in the Sacramento County Regional Parks system with an annual pass! Includes Parkway access points and seven additional Regional Parks. Passes are valid for a 12-month period from month purchased. More information

Parks Status
Check the status of a park or trail on the American River Parkway for closures or construction. To contact a Sacramento County Parks Ranger please call 916.875.PARK (7275).

Parkway Map
View a PDF of our American River Parkway map! Purchase a copy online or in our office during business hours (M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm).

North Side of the River Access Points

Discovery Park

  • Archery range
  • Bike trail access
  • Boat ramp
  • Equestrian staging area
  • Horseshow pits
  • Picnic areas
  • Picnic areas for reservations w/ BBQs & hot coal pits
William B. Pond

  • American River Parkway Foundation office
  • Equestrian staging area
  • Bike trail access
  • Fishing pond
  • Picnic areas
  • Picnic areas for reservations w/ BBQs
Ancil Hoffman Park

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  • Effie Yeaw Nature Center
  • Equestrian staging area
  • Golf course
  • Picnic areas
Sacramento Bar

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  • Bike trail access
  • Picnic areas
  • Water trail – popular put-in spot for rafters and kayakers
Sailor Bar (off Illinois Ave.)

  • Boat ramp (small watercraft)
  • Equestrian staging area
  • Picnic areas
Ethan Way

  • Bushy Lake
  • Pilot mountain bike loop

South Side of the River Access Points

Paradise Beach

  • Picnic areas
  • Sandy beach
  • Walk-in access, no parking fees
Howe Ave. River Access (off of La Riviera Dr.)

  • Boat ramp (small watercraft)
  • Bike trail access
  • Picnic areas
Watt Ave. River Access (off of La Riviera Dr.)

  • Boat ramp (small watercraft)
  • Bike trail access
  • Picnic areas
River Bend Park

  • Bike trail access
  • River Bend Outdoor Educational Site
  • Equestrian staging area
  • Horseshoe pit
  • Picnic areas
  • Water trail – popular take-out spot for rafters and kayakers
Rossmoor Bar

  • Bike trail access
  • Picnic areas
  • San Juan rapids
Sunrise Blvd. River Access

Lower Sunrise (west side area)

  • Bike trail access
  • Equestrian staging area
  • Horseshoe pit
  • Picnic areas
  • Water trail – popular put-in spot for rafters and kayakers

Upper Sunrise (east side area)

  • Bike trail access
  • Boat ramp (small watercraft)
  • Picnic areas

Established Recreation Area Highlight Videos

Discovery Park

William B. Pond

River Bend Park

Sunrise Recreation Area

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