American River Parkway - River Bend Park


River Bend Park is one of Sacramento’s oldest county parks. A long central road paralleling the river links you to this park’s many recreation facilities. Wild turkeys and deer rustle in the grass beneath young oaks, while the bright green, carefully cared-for picnic area is a delicious place to stop for lunch.

Fast Facts:

  • River Bend Park has 444 acres, and was acquired in stages between 1961 and 1964.
  • It was one of the original three areas along the Parkway purchased by the County.

How to Get There:

From U.S. Highway 50, take the Bradshaw Road off-ramp. Turn right at Folsom Boulevard and follow the brown-and-white signs to the park entrance on Rod Beaudry Drive.

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  • River Bend Park is a welcome stop along the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail, just across the Harold Richey Bicycle Bridge from William B. Pond Park. The bridge offers a spectacular view of the American River.      
  • The park is a common take-out spot for commercial rafting companies and for recreational rafters alike.
  • Horse and hiking trails wind through the park like ribbons of recreational enjoyment.
  • Group picnic sites are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Hours and Fees:

The park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. Self-payment is required if no fee collector is present. Special Event fees vary by event.

   Park Fees:

  • $7 Vehicle
  • $13 Vehicles with Trailer (ex. Boat or Horse) or RV
  • $28 Bus
  • Vehicle fees increase over Summer Holiday Weekends.

Picnics Allowed: Yes

Additional Information:

Not at this time ​