History of The American River Bike Trail
The American River Bike Trail (also known as the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail) originally was discovered in the early 19th century by a famous fur trapper, Jedediah Smith. Smith became interested in this area that would become the American River Bike Trail because to its rich abundance of wildlife along the American River. In the late 19th century, the trail was marked out by a cycling organization, but it was never built because of the popularity of the automobiles. With the rise of the automobile use in the early 20th century, commuting by bike slowly diminished. The trail wasn’t revived and paved until the 1970’s as the city and bike enthusiasts finally saw the benefit of having a bicycle route around Sacramento.
About the bike trail:
The American River Bike Trail runs about 32 miles from Discovery Park in Old Sacramento to the Folsom Dam at Beal’s Point in Folsom, CA. It is the longest paved bike trail in the country. The bike trail passes through many points of interests throughout Sacramento. Riding along the American River Bike Trail will take you through Discovery Park, Sutter’s Landing Park, California State University, Nimbus Fish Hatchery, Lake Natoma, Folsom Lake, and the Guy West Bridge.
The American River Bike Trail is a two lane paved bike trail that follows along the banks of the American River, complete with mile markers at every ½ mile, trailside maps, bathrooms and water fountains. It is generally mostly shaded and level. Along the way, there are several parks, beaches, and recreational area. Annually, about 5 million people come out to enjoy the trail.
Click here for a PDF copy of the bike trail map.
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