American River Parkway - Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail


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.

Fast Facts:

  • The starting point is Discovery Park, crosses into the Folsom State Recreation area from the American River Parkway and terminates at Beal's 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.
  • 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.

Park Fees:

  • $7 Vehicle
  • $13 Vehicles with Trailer (ex. Boat or Horse) or RV
  • $28​ Bus

Special Event fees vary by event.

Picnics Allowed: Yes

Additional Information:

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