The American River Parkway bike is a fully paved, wide, two-lane bike trail with a painted yellow line down the middle. It was planned for bikes from the start; not as an afterthought. The trail crosses only ONE city street for 32 miles (64 up and back!) which is Del Paso Blvd., about 2 miles from Discovery Park start/finish. The bike trail has a shoulder for walking and jogging. If you need to stop, pull over and completely off the paved trail. The elevation gain from historic Old Sacramento to the gold mining foothills of Folsom is gradual, starting at 25' and ending at about 275' near Folsom Lake. The bike course is a winding, two-lane bike trail with some rolling hills along a 32 mile stretch of the American River. The bike trail is nestled in a natural setting with woods, streams, ponds, marshes, fields, fauna, and beautiful parks sprinkled along the way. The trail has mile markers, telephone, restroom facilities, picnic tables, bridges, parking access, and ranger facilities along the course. The American River Parkway links adjoining communities whose unique character is enjoyed via bicycle.
All routes begin at Discovery Park. Rest Stops are located at CSUS Guy West Bridge (mile 8), William Pond Park (mile 13), and Negro Bar State Park (near mile 28). Food served at the rest stops includes organic fresh fruit, whole grain breads and locally baked goods, sandwiches and wraps for the long courses, salty snacks, and other high quality foods. Please note we avoid wrapper-food products to minimize litter.