The paved Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail follows the American River for 32 Miles between Sacramento and Folsom Lake. It’s the anchor for running & cycling in the area. The trail is also shown as the American River Bike Trail — which in sections overlaps with the Jedediah Smith Trail, and in other sections is separate from it. It’s a scenic route, with several sites along the way — from west to east: Discovery Park, Sutter’s Landing, the campus of the 300-acre Sacramento State University (nestled in a beautiful urban forest), and numerous riverfront parks. It’s right along the water in some sections and a bit away from it in others. There are mile markers along the trail. The Choose a section of the trail or select from a couple of our mapped routes. INFO
4.8 Mile Loop: We’ve mapped a 4.8 mile loop starting at Sacramento State University and following the American River between the Guy West Bridge and the Watt Ave. Bridge.
Up to 17.7-Mile Loop: Start in downtown Sacramento at Discovery Park. Running along the water the entire way, passing Sutter’s Landing Regional Park, the Sacramento State University campus, and Tiscornia Park.
Eastern Section in Folsom. From the Sacramento State Aquatic Center, the easternmost 10 miles of the trail runs along Lake Natoma to Folsom Lake. For 5 miles between the Aquatic Center and the Folsom Zoo, the Jedediah Smith path runs along both sides of the river, and can be a fun 10-mile loop. See Lake Natoma Loop
- Full trail is 32 miles (51 km) one-way. We've mapped several loop options
- Sacramento End: Discovery Park. See